Yoga, Satan and the candidate's clarification
June 13th, 2013
12:22 PM ET
5 years ago

Yoga, Satan and the candidate's clarification

(CNN) – The Republican nominee for Virginia lieutenant governor smoked marijuana in his past but doesn't believe that yoga leads to Satanism.

Those were a few of the revelations that emerged at a press conference E.W. Jackson held Wednesday in Manassas, according to the Richmond Times Dispatch.

An African-American pastor and attorney from Chesapeake, Jackson was nominated to run for the number two spot at the commonwealth's GOP convention in May. After he was selected, Democrats began bringing Jackson's past statements into the limelight, seeking to discredit the conservative ticket, which includes gubernatorial nominee Ken Cuccinelli, the attorney general, at the top.

The National Journal published excerpts of a book Jackson wrote, including a passage where he wrote: "When one hears the word meditation, it conjures an image of Maharishi Yoga talking about finding a mantra and striving for nirvana. ... The purpose of such meditation is to empty oneself. (Satan) is happy to invade the empty vacuum of your soul and possess it."

Wednesday, he said firmly: ""I do not believe that yoga leads to Satanism."

"One of my ministers is a yoga instructor," he continued, according to the Times Dispatch. "What I said was that Christian meditation does not involve emptying oneself but filling oneself ... with the spirit of God. That is classic biblical Christianity."

The newspaper also reported that Jackson admitted to using marijuana when he was younger as well as other "controlled substances."

In the past, Jackson has also referred to gays and lesbians as "sick people psychologically, mentally and emotionally." He said Wednesday his religious beliefs have been twisted and distorted and I'm not going to spend the campaign talking about these issues."

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Fair is Fair

    Can't wait to see the vile comments from the lefties against a man they believe should be in lock-step with them.

    June 13, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  2. labman57

    Jackson needs to begin each day with a moment of prayer:
    "Forgive me Lord, for I know not what I speak."

    June 13, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  3. Data Driven

    Yoga not Satan-related? That's unfortunate. I was hoping that some of the attractive ladies in yoga classes at my gym were, quite literally, diabolical seductresses.

    June 13, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    From one brother to another brother Mr. Jackson, you know you don't have my vote right?

    June 13, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. Peoples State of Illinois

    It is not simply blacks, it is the "African-American" mindset that American blacks embrace. I worked with some African immigrants, smart people, hard working, in love with the American Dream, who said pretty much to a man "What the heck is wrong with these American blacks?? Don't they see how much opportunity there is here?".

    June 13, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    Let's do some quick math, shall we?

    saying that (yoga self-emptying + Satan fills the void) =/= saying that (Christian self-filling + spirit of god)

    Any questions? It's not like this is differential equations, people.

    June 13, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. ja

    this boy has his buried in the sand

    June 13, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  8. Colorado

    Yet another Republican who has to walk back comments. Keep it up GOP and next years elections should be a whole lot of fun to watch.

    June 13, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "Can't wait to see the vile comments from the lefties against a man they believe should be in lock-step with them."

    Nice straw man. This has nothing to do with whether he marches in lockstep. The crap that's falling out of his mouth...and has been falling out of his mouth for years and crazy, misinformed, bigoted nonsense no matter what color he is.

    June 13, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  10. Mikey

    @Fair – "Can't wait to see the vile comments from the lefties against a man they believe should be in lock-step with them."

    How about being in lock step with decency?

    His clarification on Yoga helping Satan was that Christain meditation isn't the problem, but eastern meditation empties the soul for Satan – just more faith-based hatred from the right... and his comments about gays is even worse. Not surprised that you're defending this joker. Would not expect any better.

    June 13, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. Dumbas[R]ocks

    Fairisfair. I know you are upset. For like you, I was also thinking: certainly [R] clown car, having crashed and burned so publicly, with its multiple occupants laid out on the road undergoing political triage, can have no more delusioned riders left inside, right? Then as the tow truck begins to hook-up to the smoldering wreck, this troglodyte trundles out of the smashed car, proud that his head injuries could have produce no brain damage, as his [R] cranuim was empty to begin with. Yet another embarrassment to [R]s.

    But don't be disheartened. Think of the countless VA slackjawed idiots that will vote for the ticket that holds this moron.

    June 13, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |