Fans of TheBlaze will remember the video of Bishop E.W. Jackson calling for African Americans to end their slavish devotion to the the Democratic Party. Glenn interviewed Bishop Jackson on this morning’s radio show.
Read the transcript of their interview below:
GLENN: Pat and I found a video that most people have not seen of a guy, a pastor in Virginia that is one of the biggest truth‑tellers I’ve ever seen, one of the bravest guys I’ve ever seen. I mean, and we were trying to put it in the machine and it’s like, I don’t know, ten minutes or something
PAT: It’s pretty long, yeah, four or five at least.
GLENN: We tried to put it in the machine and we were just trying to put sound bites in it and we couldn’t stop it because we were like, no, you can’t stop it there. I mean, I hate to start playing it because it’s so impossible to stop because you’re like, oh, my gosh, somebody’s actually saying that.
PAT: That’s another great point.
GLENN: That’s another great point, I can’t believe this guy’s saying it. Here’s just a little bit of it.
VOICE: My name is bishop E. W. Jackson, chairman of Ministers Taking a Stand with a message to Christians in the black community. It is time to end the slavish devotion to the Democrat Party. They have insulted us, used us, and manipulated us. They have saturated the black community with ridiculous lies. Unless we support the Democrat Party, we will be returned to slavery. We will be robbed of voting rights. The Martin Luther King holiday will be repealed. They think we are stupid and that these lies will hold us captive, while they violate everything we believe as Christians. The Democrat Party has created an unholy alliance between certain so‑called civil rights leaders and Planned Parenthood, which has killed unborn black babies by the tens of millions. Planned Parenthood has been far more lethal to black lives than the KKK ever was.
VOICE: And the Democrat Party and their black civil rights ‑‑
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GLENN: It’s hard to stop because it just keeps going and going and going and he just takes them all apart. Bishop E. W. Jackson is with us now on the phone from Virginia. His website is standAmerica.us. Bishop, how are you, sir?
BISHOP JACKSON: I’m doing great, Glenn. And first of all, let me just say thank you for having me on and let me say that my wife and I and most of our friends are very big fans of yours and we want to express our gratitude for all that you have done to help wake this country up. God bless you for it. And also I want to bring you greetings from a mutual friend of yours, Lieutenant General Jerry Boykin.
GLENN: Oh, yeah.
BISHOP JACKSON: I told him I was going ton to be on. So he told me, well, don’t mess up.
GLENN: He’s a good man. Have we met before?
BISHOP JACKSON: No, we have not. I wanted to come to your ministers convention in D.C.
BISHOP JACKSON: And my schedule didn’t permit it. So we have not had a chance to meet, no.
GLENN: Well, you are ‑‑ you must be despised by a great many some in the underworld.
BISHOP JACKSON: I’ve got a few detractors, yes.
GLENN: I bet you do.
PAT: You can’t say the things you say and not just be vilified. I mean, because with, what is it right now? 94% of the African‑American populus being in favor of voting for this guy again, they’ve got to just tear you apart every time you say this kind of stuff.
GLENN: And it’s not even about Barack Obama. It is about the progressive policies.
GLENN: That have destroyed ‑‑ I mean, I can’t believe Planned Parenthood ‑‑ bishop, how is Planned Parenthood not known in the African‑American community for exactly what it is and what it was, a death sentence to the black community. That’s what it was designed to be.
PAT: Yeah, founded for that.
BISHOP JACKSON: And Glenn, that’s why I intentionally did not mention Barack Obama explicitly in that tape because I was trying to help people to see ideas and get away from the personality and just look at what the principles are that they are following and how much they are in discordance with what people in the church community at least claim to believe. And frankly I mean, yeah, I just got finished reading an e‑mail just before coming on the program, one of those nasty e‑mails that you get calling me an Uncle Tom, saying that I’m an antigay hero, you know, this and that. But, you know, I’m getting a tremendously positive response from many in the black community and I think this may be the beginning of a fissure and the end of that slavish devotion as I referred to it to the Democrat Party.
GLENN: I tell you, I just read Booker T. Washington’s book, Up From Slavery just recently in the last year. And between him and Frederick Douglass, every American but especially every black American should read Booker T. Washington and Frederick Douglass. These guys were amazing and they talked about this, as you called it, slavish devotion to a party or to the government and said exactly what would happen and it has all happened. And that’s why I think so many real black heroes have been erased from history.
BISHOP JACKSON: And, you know, Glenn, that’s one of the reasons why I will not be silent because I believe in humanity. I believe in people. I believe in members of the black community that they are full of potential and beauty and God‑given gifts. And what I see is a party and a progressive movement that is robbing them of their vision and robbing them of their dreams and their vision and I want to awaken them to the sense that, there’s more for you than that. God has something more for you than that. Don’t accept this dependence and this sort of sycophancy that says we’ll give you a few crumbs, all you’ve got to do is ignore your bidding and ignore those principles you believe in because after all, if you don’t those boogie men are out there and they are going to get you.
GLENN: That’s what I want to ask you about because African‑Americans, if it wasn’t for the African‑American and the Hispanic in California, Prop 8 would ‑‑ I mean would have ‑‑ would have gay marriage. You’d have gay marriage in California. And because people actually came out and said, “No, I don’t believe in that, and they were the minorities, it failed. Now, tell me how do you get people to ‑‑ who are religious, who are decent people just completely to divorce themselves of those principles in the voting booth? Because it’s like Harry Reid: I’m a Mormon; he’s a Mormon. I don’t understand, and I’m sure he doesn’t understand me, but I don’t understand how he can be for the things that he is and do some of the things that he does and still say that he’s, you know, in good standing with the scriptures because it doesn’t work.
BISHOP JACKSON: Well, you know, Glenn, there’s a saying that I’ve heard among ministers: Some are called and some were sent and some just got up and went. And I think some of the people who claim to be Mormon or claim to be this or claim to be that, that’s all they’re doing. They’re just claiming. It’s a hit thing. It’s something they inherited but they don’t believe it or feel it in their hearts. But with the black community particularly, there are two things I think that have led to this. One is fear. They’ve been manipulated by fear. You know, the fear that they are going to get you, they’re out there, they’re out there to get. I mean, Glenn, you know, I have watched your program. I’ve had people say to me, “Well, somebody ‑‑ they told me that Glenn Beck is a racist.” And then I started watching his program. I said, I want to see this guy, I want to see is he ‑‑ and then they started, “Well, you know, I didn’t hear him say anything racist.” And then I watched a little bit more and they said, “Well, wait a minute, where is that coming from?” It’s a lie intended to manipulate people. And then the second thing is bad leadership. When you’ve got the likes of Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, some of these civil rights leaders who are interested in promoting racial division and hostility and a sense of victimization in order to further their own careers, then you get people listening to the wrong kind of leadership, and to me bad leadership produces bad results.
GLENN: Do you feel ‑‑ first of all, I may ‑‑ I have firm reliance on the protection of divine providence. I don’t believe that God is neutral in the affairs of man or the freedom of man, and if America falls, the whole world falls. I mean, there’s nobody to stand for freedom.
BISHOP JACKSON: I agree.
GLENN: And it will be for gen ‑‑ it will be generational darkness. And I have had an overwhelming sense that His will will be done and that there are enough people that are standing up that are good, that are ‑‑ actually I shouldn’t say standing up. Are humbling themselves to not have God on their side, which he doesn’t do, but to be ‑‑ for us to move to be on his side. And I think there’s ‑‑ I think we’re on the threshold of miracles and profound change. Do you feel that way?
BISHOP JACKSON: Glenn, to me that is the genius of America. It is not just our Constitution or Declaration. It’s the sense that we are not a mere historical happenstance but we are a providential nation, that the favor of God has been on us.
GLENN: If we’re humble. If we’re humble.
BISHOP JACKSON: That’s right. That’s right. And, of course, there are people who want to end that. They want to do ‑‑ you know, we saw it in the Democrat Party’s convention, you know, get God out of the platform. Who needs God. And you’re right, I do sense an awakening happening in America. It’s slow, but I speak in black churches and white churches and in black churches particularly where people might not expect it, I get an overwhelmingly positive response. I’ve had people come up to me and say, you know, you woke me up. And here again, I think it’s God moving. I don’t think it’s attributable to me as a person but rather to God moving on people’s hearts and saying, okay, there are enough of you standing up; I’m going to move in your behalf and I agree with you, Glenn. I think God is going to do some marvelous things to help bring this nation back to Him.
GLENN: So how do we heal the division? Because I think we’re at the beginning of real problems. The president just said it on Univision a couple of weeks ago. He said I realize you can’t change Washington from the inside. You have to change it from the outside. And they are only good, really these guys are only really good at stirring up trouble and being the dissent. They are not good at governing. They are good at tearing things apart and causing division. How do we as people bring people together and when you’ve got the media and everybody else saying what they say about us and Mitt Romney and you and everybody else, how do we break that and bring people together?
BISHOP JACKSON: Well, obviously a lot of prayer. And I know you’re a man who believes in prayer. And secondly I would say to people, when I speak to groups and they say, well, how do I bridge that gap? I know black people ‑‑ I’m white, I know black people but I’m afraid to approach them. And I said, you know, it needs to be on a very personal level and say, look, you know me. We’ve known ‑‑ do you think I’m against you? Do you think I want to hurt you? Do you think I’m out to get you? Can you at least concede that I have ideals and principles that matter to me, that have nothing to do with race? I love you. I care about you. I’m interested in you. And I think my view is that the people whose hearts are open to truth will respond.
Now, there are some people, as I’m sure you know, I don’t care what you do. You’re never going to reach them.
GLENN: Never going to reach them.
BISHOP JACKSON: They are hardened in their views. But I find a lot of Americans’ hearts are very open.
GLENN: What is going to happen in Virginia?
BISHOP JACKSON: That’s a good question. I believe that Mitt Romney is going to win and I’m working very hard to see to it that that happens and I believe that George Allen who is running against Tim Kaine, of course Tim Kaine is an Obama clone, an Obama, he was actually recruited by Obama to run. I believe that George Allen will prevail over him, although Mitt Romney is doing better right now than George Allen is, but I trust that we will end up having Mitt Romney win in Virginia and having George Allen win in Virginia. So that’s my take.
GLENN: Do you think that people need a leader to be able to ‑‑ you know, for instance, the Tea Party doesn’t have a leader and it just became this spontaneous movement. Do you think people need a leader in the black community to see? I mean, because they must know that things have gotten much worse for the African‑American in the last four years, and I just read a study that shows that African‑Americans feel as though it is harder for them to speak out now and be who they want to be than when it was ‑‑ than what it was before the president got into office. And I think when it comes to race, I think we all feel that way. He was supposed to heal us. He did the opposite. I am much less likely to feel comfortable speaking to an African‑American or an African‑American group because of all the things that have been said that people like me believe, et cetera, et cetera. And I think there are a lot of African‑Americans that will say I ‑‑ especially if they’re conservative, “I don’t feel comfortable speaking out and saying anything because my own community will attack me he or the system will attack me.” At what point does that just break down? Because in the white community I think people are just like, “Oh, I’m a racist? Really? Move on. Heard it before. It’s not who I am.” At what point does that break?
BISHOP JACKSON: Yeah, I had the same hope, Glenn, but how can a good ‑‑ how can a bad tree bear good fruit? And I realize that was probably a quixotic hope. But with regard to leadership, no, I don’t think that the black community needs a leader, but I do think there is always a need for leadership. I mean, you know, you provide leadership. Because for me leadership is influence. It is simply trying to open people up to the truth and trying to help them see. If not trying to control them or make decisions for them but trying to expose them to the truth and trying to be a positive influencer. And I think that those, that kind of leadership is always needed. It’s there, but I think people have been cowed into not speaking up. And I’m hoping that one of the influences that my video and other things that we’re doing has is to cause people to say, “You know what? I’m going to stand up. I’m going to speak up. I agree with Bishop Jackson. I’m not going to be silent about this and I’ll let God take care of me.”
GLENN: Well, bishop, I hope we get a chance to meet soon. I am ‑‑ from what I know of you, I’m very impressed. I know you have a new book coming out soon. Right? You have a new one coming?
BISHOP JACKSON: Yes, I do. Called America The Beautiful: Reflections of a Patriot Descended from Slaves, yes.
GLENN: Are you from slave family?
BISHOP JACKSON: As a matter of fact, yes, my great‑grandparents Gabriel and Eliza Jackson were slaves and then share croppers in Orange County, Virginia. I date my lineage back at least as far as year before George Washington was born. We believe it goes back before that.
BISHOP JACKSON: By the way, George Washington is my favorite president, just wanted you to know. I read the book you recommended. That was the second biography I read about him. I love George Washington. But at any rate, yes, yes, my ‑‑ I am a direct descendant. My grandfather was not born in slavery but his parents were and they moved out of Virginia. My grandfather did and ultimately migrated to Pennsylvania where I was born. But yes. And look, and I tell people, you know, I’m proud of that because only in America do we have a country built on the truth that God gave us all humanity the right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. So the seed of the destruction of slavery unlike any place else on the Earth was built into our founding framework.
GLENN: You, sir, are a ‑‑ you, sir, are a bright spot, I can guarantee you, on the other side of the veil. Your slave ancestors are saying free at last, free at last. You are a remarkable story and a ‑‑ one of the freest men I know. God bless you. Thank you very much.
BISHOP JACKSON: God bless you, Glenn. Thank you.
GLENN: We’ll talk to you. His website is standAmerica.us. StandAmerica.us. Bishop Jackson.