There’s a reason why Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican nominee for Virginia governor, distanced himself from E.W. Jackson (pictured) within hours of Jackson securing the nomination as his No. 2: Jackson is crazy.
Back in May, the Virginia gubernatorial hopeful said, “We are not going to be defending our running mates’ statements, now or in the future. The people of Virginia need to get comfortable with each candidate individually, and that’s what this process is all about.”
Translation: Don’t put that man’s crazy on me.
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You’d think that would’ve been the clue Jackson needed to tame it down, but no. Last week, the minister and politician held a news conference to diffuse controversy surrounding many of his past comments, including the notion that yoga can lead to Satanism and birth defects are spurred by sin.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports:
Jackson said many of his statements have been taken out of context to try to make it sound as though he believes that birth defects are caused by parents’ sins or that yoga leads to Satanism.
‘I do not believe that birth defects are caused by parents’ sin unless, of course, there’s a direct scientific connection between the parents’ behavior and the disabilities of the child,’ he said, giving the example of birth defects that might result from a child born to a Mother addicted to heroin.
He added, I do not believe that yoga leads to Satanism. One of my ministers is a yoga instructor. What I said was that Christian meditation does not involve emptying oneself but filling oneself…with the spirit of God. That is classic biblical Christianity.
The uproar over yoga came earlier this month when the National Review posted an excerpt of a book that Jackson had written. Jackson wrote:
When one hears the word meditation, it conjures an image of Maharishi Yoga talking about finding a mantra and striving for nirvana. … The purpose of such meditation is to empty oneself. [Satan] is happy to invade the empty vacuum of your soul and possess it.”
Jackson said he felt compelled to address his theology “because it has been twisted and distorted and I’m not going to spend the campaign talking about these issues, so let’s get it out of the way now.”
Jackson also touched on some of his past issues, which include drug use and filing for bankruptcy. I don’t begrudge the man for his faults as we all have them. What I do take issue with, though, is his damning of people different from him and then lying about it.
In 2008, Jackson wrote in the book “Ten Commandments to an Extraordinary Life”:
Keep in mind that the whole cosmos has been made imperfect — wounded — by sin. It is the principle of sin, rebellion against God and His truth which has brought about birth defects and other destructive natural occurrences.