Right-wing pastor and radio host E.W. Jackson spent most of his “The Awakening” program today ranting and railing against Islam. At one point, Jackson trotted out the favorite Religious Right talking point that Islam is not even a religion but is rather a totalitarian ideology that is entirely incompatible with our laws and our Constitution.
Jackson insisted that, by contrast, Christians “don’t have any difficulty adhering to the laws of the land” and then proceeded to undermine his entire argument.
“Christians put the law of God above the law of man,” Jackson admitted, insisting that this position could never be a source of conflict because “proper laws are always consistent with God’s law.”
“Our whole legal system is rooted and grounded in Judeo-Christian law,” he said. “Because our laws and mores are rooted and grounded in Christian principles, we don’t have any difficulty, most of the time, adhering to the laws of the land.”
Jackson then managed to completely undercut his own argument as he began to rail against the Supreme Court for refusing to hear a case involving the owner of a bed-and-breakfast who is being sued for refusing, for religious reasons, to rent a room to a lesbian couple.
“Can I just be perfectly blunt?” Jackson said. “Why in the world should Christians who have spent their time, their energy, their money, their prayers to buy a little bitty bed-and-breakfast with three rooms for guests be forced by the law to have two old, big strapping men go up in one of their rooms and have sex? Now that’s disgusting! Or two women? In a place that they probably prayed over and dedicated to God and said, God use this place for your glory, use it bless people and to encourage people and to comfort people and to help people.’ And they put their time, their energy, their money into it and then you’ve got the law come along and say, Yeah, you’ve got to let two homosexuals go into one of those rooms and do whatever they do.'”
“Why should that be forced upon two people, or on anybody, who spent their time, their energy, their money, and their prayers, and their tears to build something that they wanted to be God-glorifying and then have somebody tell them, Well, we don’t care what you built it for, we’re going to force you to have people come in here who will simply defile the place?'” Jackson fumed. “And I said it and I mean it! This will be a defilement of the place that [was] blessed and dedicated to God. And no, it’s not happening!”
Jackson said that “homosexuals basically are trying to intimidate and cow Christians into bowing to their will” before declaring that Christians will give up their lives rather than adhere to any earthly law that violates the laws of God.
“We’re not bowing,” he vowed. “They can do whatever they want to do. We’re not bowing We Christians are never going to bow down. Never! You’ll have to kill us, but we won’t bow.”