Bishop E.W. Jackson, a Marine, Harvard Law graduate, and great-grandson of Virginia slaves, said that promoting homosexual behavior is destructive and constitutes a "violent attack" on the family, especially in the black community, which faces many "family formation" problems including the absence of many real fathers.
He added that, though it will spark criticism, the gay movement is "the homovirus for the family." It is not like the physical coronavirus, he said, but it is damaging in a "spiritual and psychological" sense and is "the last thing you need in a community that is beset by gangs, and drugs, and violence, much of which can be traced back to the absence of fathers in the home."
Bishop Jackson made his remarks on the March 4 edition of his radio program, "The Awakening with Bishop E.W. Jackson."
During the program, Bp. Jackson criticized Virginia State Rep. Bobby Scott (D) for his pro-abortion and pro-LGBT views.
Scott "is wholly owned by the secular left," said Jackson. "He goes out and campaigns in churches in the district and people, frankly, ignorantly vote for him not knowing that the man is an enemy of the cross. He is an enemy of God. He is an enemy of Jesus Christ. Yes, I said it and I mean it."
“He’s running around supporting every abortion policy that would help kill more babies," said Bishop Jackson. "He supports the whole homosexual movement. The last thing in the world the black community needs is more destruction of the family, more attacks on the family, and that’s all this whole homosexual movement amounts to. It is a virulent, violent attack."
“You know what?" said Jackson. "I’m going to get in trouble for this one but this is right off the presses: It is the homovirus for the family. Of course, I am speaking from a spiritual and a psychological perspective. I’m not talking about a physical illness. I’m not talking about AIDS."
"I’m talking about introducing this element [LGBT agenda] into a community that already has a profound difficulty in family formation, and maintenance, and the absence of fathers," said Jackson.
He continued, “And introducing this new element now into the communities that says, ‘Guess what? There’s no males or females. There’s no husbands and wives. Heterosexuality is not -- that’s not required, that’s not important. Mother, father, that’s not important. Who told you that? Don’t listen to that silly stuff! Two men is okay. Two women are okay. They don’t even have to be married. What difference does that make?"
“That’s the last thing you need in a community that is beset by gangs, and drugs, and violence, much of which can be traced back to the absence of fathers in the home," said the bishop. "And now we want to introduce another destabilizing element, which is all the stuff you thought you knew about the family, all the stuff you thought you knew about what marriage is – that’s over!"
"In fact, not only is it wrong but you’re a bigot to believe that. You are a bigot to believe that!" said Jackson in explaining how the secular left misrepresents natural biology.
“You need to come into the 21st century!" he said sarcastically. "Reject the Bible! That’s a bunch of lies! Don’t believe that stupid stuff. This God of the Bible, He created them male and female – ignore that!"
“So, folks, I hope no one misunderstands my little creative putting together of two things, because you know we’re talking about this coronavirus," said Jackson. "I’m not talking about physical illness. I’m not talking about pronouncing any physical curses on people. I feel the need to explain myself here."
"I’m talking about the spiritual and psychological element that is introduced into a community that is already having major problems with family formation, and family maintenance, and rearing of children, and now you want to throw this garbage into the mix as well," he said.
E.W. Jackson, 68, was the GOP nominee for lieutenant governor of Virginia in 2013. He and his wife founded Exodus Faith Ministries, based in Chesapeake, Va., in 1999. The Jacksons also founded the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast in Chesapeake, which is now in its 15th year.
Jackson served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1970 to 1973 and was honorably discharged. He earned his B.A. degree form the University of Massachusetts and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "Young gay and bisexual men accounted for 83% of all new HIV diagnoses in people aged 13 to 24 in 2018 (includes young gay and bisexual men who inject drugs), and young African American gay and bisexual men are even more severely affected."
According to the Kids Count Data Center of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the number of Black children in single-parent homes was 6,166,000 in 2018, or 65% of total Black children in the United States.