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05/15/2012

Video: How far-right figures like Harry Jackson try to have it both ways

by Jeremy Hooper

This is Bishop Harry Jackson telling his congregation how a recent MSNBC interview supposedly played out:

JACKSON: Michael Eric Dyson, the night before last, took a clip from a phone message, somewhere I preached, and got in on one of those phones. Ten minutes he talked—you know that broker can talk, my goodness he can talk, he didn't make any sense, but he can talk—so he talked and then they played that little clip. And all it said was I was against same-sex marriage. Well, I knew that. Come on, I thought this was gonna be a revelation, come on!

But what's the truth? Well, let's go to the tape:


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Jackson didn't just say he opposes marriage equality—he said that same-sex marriage is "an assault" from "the enemy." He said it's a "seed" that "corrupts, perverts, and pollutes." That is a VERY different thing! And here in an election where same-sex marriage support and opposition are becoming key issues up for consideration, it is increasingly important for accuracy in terms of what both the supporters and opponents are saying.

But in his own church—in God's house?—Jackson acts like the innocent who simply took a political position? Um, no—that is not okay! If you are bold enough to claim that certain citizens' marriages are some kinds of "assaults" that are guided by some unseen enemy, then you need to have the fortitude to stand with that denigration!

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*To see several other nasty things Jackson has said about us and our unions, see his GLAAD CAP profile.

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