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Jun 20 2013

Jackson and the ‘No Religious Test’ Clause

This just in: E. W. Jackson, the Republican candidate for lt. governor in Virginia, is still an idiot. In an appearance on Bryan Fischer’s radio show he claimed that it was persecution for people to use his own past statements against him — and a violation of the constitution too!

It’s a sad commentary on our media and culture today that anybody that expresses a Biblical worldview is marginalized and, frankly, not too put too fine a point on it, persecuted for doing so. And I think that’s a sad commentary.

But look, it’s an attack ultimately on every church-going, Bible-believing Christian out there who holds to a traditional worldview and frankly, I think one of my goals is to champion their right to hold their views without being persecuted for it…

I think Americans are tired of being told that holding to Judeo-Christian values somehow makes you can idiot, as you put it, makes you backwoods, makes you ignorant and unless you buy into the sort of contemporary morality of the day, you are a person to be shunned.

Our Founding Fathers believed that there should never be a religious test and yet that’s what we’re seeing today. We’re seeing people apply a religious test and they’re saying anything you believed or said as a minister disqualifies you from serving as Lt. Governor because you hold to these Biblical views.

I’m not even going to bother to explain why this is nonsense. I’m sure everyone can recognize it.

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  1. 1
    parkjames

    Romney dropped that “religious test” bullshit when he was running too. Romney was a politician with no qualms about lying, so I think he knew he was blowing smoke. Based on Jackson’s past comments I’m guessing he actually believes that an unconstitutional action is taking place when someone doesn’t vote for him because he’s a damn loony toon. Crazy, a far right Christian who no doubt claims to revere the constitution but doesn’t even understand it.

  2. 2
    John Pieret

    But can we please have a “moron test” for public office? Someday.

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    kantalope

    Oh, Oh, I know this one. This is the “heads I win, tails you lose” clause. Article 9, Section 9, Catch 22 of the Constitution. You can vote FOR crazy but you can’t vote AGAINST it. This was added to the Constitution at the insistence of Jasper Theosophat Bullcock of South Carolina. It gained quite a following after Bullcock’s famous “Cross of Malarky” speech on the infamous ‘yellow soapbox’ show on KRZY in Philadelphia.

  4. 4
    oranje

    Is this character aware that he’ll have to swear an oath to uphold the law if he is elected? Maybe he should read it?

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    frankb

    I think one of my goals is to champion their right to hold their views without being persecuted for it

    But isn’t being persecuted what it is all about for christians? Since Jackson isn’t facing any real persecution, he has to claim that being laughed at is denying his rights (to not be laughed at?)

  6. 6
    Alverant

    Does he even know what persecution means?

  7. 7
    d.c.wilson

    But look, it’s an attack ultimately on every church-going, Bible-believing Christian out there who holds to a traditional worldview and frankly, I think one of my goals is to champion their right to hold their views without being persecuted for it . . .”

    Ironically, if we did hold to a traditional worldview, Jackson would still be considered property in this country.

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    Bronze Dog

    I think Americans are tired of being told that holding to Judeo-Christian values somehow makes you can idiot, as you put it, makes you backwoods, makes you ignorant and unless you buy into the sort of contemporary morality of the day, you are a person to be shunned.

    On stupidity, I don’t tell people that, but they love to infer it. It’s possible to be intelligent and Christian. Frankly, I think intelligence often works to enhance stupidity since it helps people devise more elaborate, fallacious rationalizations. Smart doesn’t mean you’re a critical thinker.

    Backwoods is a correlation. There are backwoods atheists, and there are urban Christians. I’d say the correlation is due to education differences. A good education involves being exposed to different viewpoints and being taught to think about one’s position and be willing to change. Colleges tend to favor urban locations, and for many people, that’s where they first experience differing viewpoints on major issues.

    Ignorance, though, I’d say is a large contributor to Christianity, particularly willful ignorance. A lot of people believe in god because they’ve been surrounded with god belief and are warned not to have serious discussions with people who hold opposing opinions, which limits their ability to rethink their position.

    As for morality, has Jackson ever read the Bible? It’s full of arbitrary, god-approved barbarism. Defining morality as a god’s will strips the word of meaning. Contemporary morality generally has consistent principles and can be reasoned about and argued over. It improves as we apply more consistent moral reasoning, which refutes the assertion that it’s just arbitrary fashion. “Traditional” god-based morality is just arbitrariness that is depicted as frozen consistency, but ever so slowly gives way to secular morality, though not without kicking and screaming from those selfish people who would rather go on harming others rather than put in a little effort and think about what morality means.

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    Chiroptera

    E.W. Jackson: I think Americans are tired of being told that holding to Judeo-Christian values somehow makes you can idiot, as you put it, makes you backwoods, makes you ignorant….

    ….but, on the other hand, those are the facts, so there you are.

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    Gvlgeologist, FCD

    Alverant: “Does he even know what persecution means?”

    It means “They’re pointing out that I’m wrong in my beliefs, and showing why.”

    This is opposed to discriminating against gays, preventing the wrong people from voting, controlling women’s bodies, and denying social services to the poor, which is just good old Christian ethics.

  11. 11
    kantalope

    Curse you Chiroptera – I snorted enchilada sauce up my nose. It burns!

  12. 12
    D. C. Sessions

    I snorted enchilada sauce up my nose. It burns!

    If you use the habanero variety, it doesn’t hurt for long.

  13. 13
    eric

    Good for him. Keep appealing to the people who are a lock to vote for you, Jackson. Here’s hoping it never occurs to you try and appeal to the ones who aren’t.

    If insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, then GOPanity is the process of trying the same election strategy over and over again and expecting a different result.

  14. 14
    eric

    Hmm…I should probably narrow that, as both sides of the aisle tend to repeat their failures in a general way. GOPanity: continuing to appeal to the core or extreme base of your party after several election cycles in which that strategy has failed to win elections. DEManity: continuing to seek legislative compromise and bipartisanship after several legislative cycles in which that strategy has failed to pass legislation.

  15. 15
    rabbitscribe

    A West Virginia Republican who’s a Christian and isn’t afraid to say so? What a breath of fresh air!

  16. 16
    Pen

    Given that it’s a transcript of a talk at least he can’t be accused of spelling that badly! What happened?

  17. 17
    fifthdentist

    I wonder when the official declaration will be made that they have created their own language. It’s quite obvious that their ability to convey ideas to 90-99 percent of English speakers in the U.S. is nonexistent.

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    dingojack

    So Rev. – christians are not considered urbane an/or polite anymore? Instead they are thought of as coming from the ‘backwoods’, in other words as being villagers? and what would that be in Latin , Rev.?

    So your fellow bigots are called ‘pagans and are being shoved out of the public square (both figuratively and literally)? Be thankful that, unlike non-conformists under the regime of your religious forebears, you new pagans are not going to have your temples taken over, your religious symbols smashed (and/or burned), your adherents forced to convert under pain of death (if not hanged or burnt at the stake).
    Why not? Because you’re not even worth the effort.

    Feeling your privilege ebbing away toward irrelevance is what you call ‘persecution’? Cry me a river.

    Dingo

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    nickmorgan

    just a another case of “equal protection for me but not for thee.”

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