Not vote for Romney, mind you, but leave the party period.
Bishop E.W. Jackson of S.T.A.N.D. (Staying True To America's National Destiny) has launched a project called "Exodus Now," which calls for a "mass exodus of Christians from the Democrat Part."
"We believe that the Democrat Party has shown itself to be anti-Christian, anti-Bible, anti-family, anti-life and anti-God, and it's time for Christians to come out," Jackson explains. "We are focusing particularly -- not exclusively, but particularly -- on black Christians who in our view have been held captive by the Democrat Party with a tissue of lies."
While S.T.A.N.D. is encouraging people to vote their conscience, the group's founder asserts, "We have stayed away from either endorsing Mitt Romney or saying that this is a call to vote against President Obama and make it personal. But I will say this," Jackson adds. "We're calling people to come out of the Democrat Party and not support candidates who represent its values and the rebellion that it represents against God. That certainly would include President Barack Obama."
Bishop Jackson notes that the Democrat Party has "manipulated, deceived and misled the black community" for a long time, and it's time "to awaken them that they are being used in a power game by Democrats who could care less about the black community, only care about staying in power, and they will use the black community for as long as they will allow them to use them."
You say you have never heard of E.W. Jackson? Good. Then count yourself lucky. For one thing, he is a failed candidate for the United States Senate in Virginia (losing in the primary to George Allen) and has been apparently "waging public war" with the Democrat Party since 2010 when he started his organization, S.T.A.N.D.
And like all members of the religious right, Jackson has been extremely homophobic in his rhetoric.
He said the following about 2010 vote to repeal DADT:
The unintended consequences on the military are staggering. Does this include transgender and transvestite individuals? What happens if homosexuals are married in one of the states which allow same sex marriage? Will the military recognize those marriages? There are too many unanswered questions.
"What of Christians who believe that homosexuality is sin? Are they to be silenced? Subjected to discipline or discharge? Will they live in close quarters with men or women attracted to the same sex? When homosexuality is given protected status, Christians are muzzled or persecuted for their beliefs, and their First Amendment Rights are trampled. This has happened in corporations all over America. The message is 'be silent or lose your job.' In the military, you cannot merely find another job. If keeping qualified people is the priority, what about the Christians who may be forced to leave the military because the environment is hostile to their faith? The message from Gates and Mullen is, 'Get out.' The repeal of the 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' law is a disaster of historic proportions and it must be reinstated. My organization and others will to fight to make sure that happens."
Also, during the primary Senatorial debate held earlier this year, Jackson gave the following reasons why veteran Richmond prosecutor (and openly gay) Tracy Thorne-Begland should not be appointed as a judge:
While Jackson said Americans should not “persecute or punish” fellow citizens for their private sexual behavior, he said that Thorne-Begland could not be trusted to uphold state or federal law because he had challenged “don’t ask, don’t tell” and advocated for gay marriage.
“Private sexual behavior, unless it is against the law, should remain private,” Jackson said. “Mr. Begland has chosen to make his private sexual behavior a cause celebre. ... [T]he moment that behavior becomes a political agenda which activists would use to supersede the Constitution or state law, its proponents must be disqualified from the exercise of judicial power.”
Now before anyone starts getting angry or alarmed at Jackson, I should tell you that he is considered a fringe member of the religious right. And if any African-American actually heard what he has to say about President Obama, Jackson's least concern would be whether or not his campaign is working. His biggest concern would be how to dodge all the umbrellas which would be thrown at him by elderly black women.
I don't think his message would resonate with African-Americans once they hear what he said about President Obama in relation to Islam:
But for my money, the following absolutely mind-boggling stream of consciousness ramble in which he attacks the Democrat party, Planned Parenthood, African-Americans who support the Democrat Party and of course, gays is capital comedy.
I couldn't get angry at Jackson while he was going on this tangent. I was too busy laughing at the irony. You see behind him are photos of four famous African-Americans - Martin Luther King, Jr. George Washington Carver, Frederick Douglass, and Harriet Tubman. I wonder what he would do if he discovered that George Washington Carver was gay and Harriet Tubman was rumored to have been lesbian.
He'd probably blow up and whine about "radical gay activists trying to destroy black history."
Based upon his past histrionics, I have a feeling that would be rather entertaining.
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