Right-wing pastor E.W. Jackson, of Virginia, has gained fame and notoriety over the last few years by broadcasting provocative declarations on both a radio show and a weekly Facebook stream.
His most recent claim?
Parents who bring their children to a nationwide LGBTQ-inclusive reading initiative are abusers and they need to be “dope slapped,” Queerty reports.
Jackson fired off the incendiary claims during the latest installment of his weekly Facebook stream, which he titled “The Wisdom Hour.” He ridiculed parents who allowed their children to participate in Drag Queen Story Hour.
The program, which currently occurs in bookstores and libraries in 19 cities nationwide, listed the following mission on its website.
“Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) is just what it sounds like—drag queens reading stories to children in libraries, schools, and bookstores.”
“DQSH captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models.”
“In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress up is real.”
In his anti-LGBTQ rant, Jackson managed to attack both program facilitators and parents.
“This is child abuse to take these children to be entertained by these perverse individuals whose lives are a moral sewer.”
“You want to live that way, it’s a free country, live that way. If adults want to be a part of such gross, disgusting entertainment, you have a right to do that.”
“But child abuse is what I would call taking children to see one of these freaks go through a whole lot of sexual garbage trying to instill this mess in the minds of toddlers and kindergartners.”
Jackson then took a very uncommon route toward expressing some version of love for the drag queens at hand.
“Now when I talk like that—and yes, I know that’s rough—because I have no patience with this mess.”
“Look, I love that drag queen. That person needs God, that person needs to be saved, that person needs to be delivered. God wants that person to be a normal human being.”
“A drag queen is not a normal human being. God wants that person to be a normal human being and so do I.”
“And in that sense, I love them with the love of Christ. I don’t hate them, I don’t want to hurt them, I don’t want to harm them.”
But then Jackson again attacked what he fears and fails to understand—like most who deny science and reality.
“But when you start messing with children, you really get on the wrong side of me. Because that mess is unconscionable.”
“And the stupid parents who take their children into this mess need to be dope slapped.”
Jackson didn’t explain his knowledge of dope of slapping.
“They need to have their children taken away from them.”
Jackson closed his rant by contrasting those parents with others who’d been allegedly denigrated for bringing their children to church, introducing the current Evangelical sect rhetoric that the real victims of persecution in the United States are Christians.
As a last word, he called the decision to bring one’s children to Drag Queen Story Hour “the equivalent of pedophilia.”
And when Queerty posted the news of Jackson’s rant on Facebook, people were outraged by his views.
Despite all the persecution he claims to face, we can expect further weekly installments of “The Wisdom Hour” for the foreseeable future.
After all, nothing says downtrodden like being given a free platform to spew hate, false equivalencies and calls for violence whole asking people to send you money.