An outspoken minister running on the Republican ticket for lieutenant governor of Virginia said Thursday the Democratic Party is "anti-God," and that Christians should leave it.
The assertion came during a radio interview with WLEE host Jack Gravely, who described himself as a Democrat and asked E.W. Jackson if he stands by earlier remarks that believing in God and voting Democratic are fundamentally incompatible, Salon.com reported
"You are saying for us, we’re all wrong, leave that party. And all I’m saying to you is, if you said it before, you still have to believe it, why did you say it?" Gravely asked.
"Oh, oh, oh I do believe it," Jackson responded.
"I said it because I believe that the Democrat party has become an anti-God party, I think it’s an anti-life party, I think it’s an anti-family party. And these are all things I think Christians hold to very dearly."
Jackson, a social conservative, has raised eyebrows in the past, including remarks reported by the Huffington Post
that Planned Parenthood "has been far more lethal to black lives than the KKK ever was."
In video posted to YouTube last September, the minister urged black Christians to reject the "ridiculous lies" of the "Democrat Party."
Jackson's 2008 book, "Ten Commandments to an Extraordinary Life: Making Your Dreams Come True," also suggested yoga could make the unsuspecting practitioner vulnerable to satanic possession, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch
An email from DNC communications director Michael Czin called Jackson's latest remarks "an embarrassment," complaining "today's Republican Party … are pouring in resources in direct support of the Virginia Republic ticket," Salon.com reported.
Jackson is running against Democrat Lt. Governor candidate Ralph Northam. Both men are seeking to replace outgoing Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling.
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