E.W. Jackson is the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor in Virginia, and he is rapidly overshadowing Ken Cuccinelli, the candidate for governor, with his over-the-top remarks about anyone to the left of Genghis Khan. He’s gone after gays, abortion providers — comparing Planned Parenthood to the Klan, for example — and a few other bon mots.
Asked about his wide variety of condemnations and whether or not he might want to dial it back, he has no intention of apologizing.
“I say the things that I say because I’m a Christian, not because I hate anybody, but because I have religious values that matter to me,” Jackson told reporters at a campaign stop in Fredericksburg. “Attacking me because I hold to those principles is attacking every church-going person, every family that’s living a traditional family life, everybody who believes that we all deserve the right to live. So I don’t have anything to rephrase or apologize for. I would just say people should not paint me as one-dimensional.”
Yeah, so now you can get away with being a sniveling bigot because you’re a Christian, and anyone who disagrees with you is the hater, not you. So you can get away with it because of your faith.
That’s the same logic of every other religious fanatic that has wiped out millions of non-believers.
The man is a laughingstock, to be sure, but he’s not just one extreme example. He sounds a lot like a large portion of the GOP base: he’s just saying it out loud.