Tea Party Republican E.W. Jackson, who is running for lieutenant governor of Virginia, reportedly gave a speech at the 2011 Virginia Family Foundation summit claiming that God will no longer bless American troops because “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was repealed.
“Our military is under attack,” Jackson said on camera. He called the military a “repository of traditional values: truth, honor, integrity, courage, thankfulness.”
“How in the world can we expect our military to be blessed by the hand of almighty God if we allow our military to become the equivalent of Sodom and Gomorrah?” he asked. “I’ll tell you something, God is not pleased.”
This isn’t the first time the former bishop has criticized gay people. In 2012, he said gay and lesbians are “perverted” and “very sick people psychologically, mentally and emotionally.” He claimed the LGBT community is prejudice against African Americans and Christians.
With the GOP nomination, Jackson is running alongside Republican gubernatorial candidate Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.
The Republican ticket is currently polling more than 10 points below the Democrats, according to Raw Story.