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Black Pastor: I Get 'Hate and Racism' From the Left 'For Being a Bible-Believing Christian'

WASHINGTON, D.C. — E.W. Jackson, a black pastor and the president of Staying True to America's National Destiny (STAND), as well as a former Republican candidate for lieutenant governor and governor, told PJ Media that the most hate and racism he had ever experienced came from the Left "for being a Bible-believing Christian." He gave the remarks at the Values Voter Summit in response to a question about the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

"I've never experienced more racism than I've had coming from the Left, calling me a crazy black preacher, and every sort of imaginable thing they can conjure up against me — not only against me, but against all black conservatives," Jackson declared at a press conference.

"On the whole issue of the Southern Poverty Law Center, as a conservative American who happens to be black, I have never experienced more hatred and vitriol and accusations and name-calling than I've experienced from the Left simply because I'm Bible-believing Christian who believes in life for unborn children, who believe marriage is the way the Bible defines it to be, who believes that gender is male and female," the STAND president said.

"I don't say those things out of hatred," Jackson added.

The SPLC has become notorious for listing mainstream conservative and Christian organizations along with the Ku Klux Klan on its notorious "hate group" list. The Family Research Council (FRC), the Christian nonprofit that hosts the Values Voter Summit, has been marked as a "hate group," as has Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a Christian legal nonprofit that won 9 Supreme Court cases in the past 7 years.

The SPLC marked these groups "anti-LGBT hate groups" because they oppose same-sex marriage and transgenderism, as if the only motivation for disagreeing with these policies is "hate." The Left-wing group twists decades-old rhetoric out of context in order to present such organizations as hateful, but the real motivation for defaming them is political.

Sadly, many media outlets have uncritically cited the SPLC "hate group" list. Massive social media companies like Amazon, Facebook, and Google have referenced the SPLC list. Even television shows have referenced that "hate group" label in smearing FRC.

For this and other reasons, E.W. Jackson decided to set the record straight.

"Let's set the record straight — Christians love and pray for people we don't agree with," the pastor said. "We don't want to hurt them, we don't want to harm them. We don't like their ideas, but we still love them as human beings. We don't get any credit for that, I understand, but that's the way we feel."

"But what comes at us is anything but love and tolerance and understanding, but rather hatred and vitriol," Jackson told PJ Media. "FRC had a guy go in there with the intent of killing every staff member who works for FRC," he said, referencing Floyd Lee Corkins II, a convicted terrorist who used the SPLC's "hate map" to target FRC.