In a sermon he preached Sunday morning, the Rev. E.W. Jackson — the Virginia Republican Party’s nominee to be the state’s next lieutenant governor — offered a questionable assessment of Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and, indeed, all other non-Christian faiths. According to Jackson, “[a]ny time you say, ‘There is no other means of salvation but through Jesus Christ, and if you don’t know him and you don’t follow him and you don’t go through him, you are engaged in some sort of false religion,’ that’s controversial. But it’s the truth.”
Jackson, who unexpectedly won his bid to become gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli’s (R) running mate last May, has a long history of similar statements. He claimed that gay men and lesbians are “very sick people, psychologically and emotionally” and that homosexuality “poisons culture, it destroys families, it destroys societies.” He labeled the Democratic Party “more lethal to black lives than the KKK ever was.” And he’s criticized President Obama’s alleged “Muslim sensibilities.” Jackson’s latest comment comes just a few days after a warm-up speaker for Cuccinelli made an anti-Semitic joke about the non-existent “head of the Jewish faith” sending the Pope a bill for the Last Supper.