Pastor E.W. Jackson recently warned people not to “jump to conclusions” about the Charleston, South Carolina, shooting being "some sort of racial hate crime."
Speaking to radio host John Fredericks on June 18, Jackson said the alleged shooter didn't go to a basketball court, bar or a bowling alley where he could have found black people, but rather a church (video below).
Jackson failed to mention that the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church is one of the country's oldest black churches, founded in 1816.
Comedy Central host Larry Wilmore, who is African-American, ripped Jackson's stereotyping of black people on his June 18 show, noted RawStory.com.
Jackson also tried to link the June 17 massacre to a “growing hostility and antipathy to Christianity and what it stands for, the biblical worldview about sexual morality and other things is not sort of creating a climate of hostility against Christian people,” noted RightWingWatch.org.
Jackson added that he didn't know for sure if that was what motivated the alleged shooter, but said "it certainly comes to mind given the kinds of things that have been happening in the country lately."
Jackson made a similar claim on June 18 on Fox News when he said:
"We are urging people, 'Wait for the facts, don't jump to conclusions,' but I have to tell you, I am deeply concerned that this gunman chose to go into a church because there does seem to be a rising hostility against Christians across this country because of our Biblical views. And I just think it’s something that we have to be aware of and not create an atmosphere in which people take out their violent intentions against Christians."
In both interviews, Jackson urged people in churches to arm themselves. No Bible verses encourage Christians to do this.
Jackson also failed to note in both interviews that law enforcement had said witnesses quoted suspect Dylann Storm Roof as saying he was at the black church "to shoot black people," noted CNN.
CNN reported on June 19 that an unidentified law enforcement official claimed Roof told police that he wanted to start a race war with the shootings, which he reportedly confessed to.