Pastor Claims Hate Crime Laws Made to Reduce Retaliation Against Gays Trying to Seduce Straight People

Pastor and radio host E.W. Jackson says that hate crime laws are created to allow gay people to seduce straight people without retaliation, according to a video shared by Right Wing Watch on Twitter Tuesday.

In the video shared Tuesday from his talk show The Awakening, the pastor said that he believes hate crimes were created so that homosexuals can be protected from straight peoples' retaliation.

Right-wing radio host and pastor E.W. Jackson says that hates crimes laws are designed to allow gay people "to try to seduce people without [straight people] being able to retaliate." pic.twitter.com/RCJDuCXiLC

— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) June 8, 2021

"Say, for example, some homosexual approaches a man who is heterosexual, touches him the wrong way, does something the wrong way, and the man pushes him or maybe punches him, or just responds in an angry way without thinking—that then becomes a hate crime, and I think that's what a lot of this stuff is intended to protect against," he said.

The conservative pastor said that hate crime laws allow homosexuals to have more "freedom and latitude" to approach people "and seduce people without them being able to retaliate."

He clarified that he does not believe hate crime laws are intended solely for that purpose but that the laws are created based on prior incidents, such as the one he described.

"When I've talked about hate crimes, it's always in this context," Jackson told Newsweek. "The concept of a hate crime is unconstitutional. We're delving into punishing people for what they think, and their motivations, rather than simply punishing them for the harm that they do to a human being. To me, it's a slippery slope."

The responses on Twitter were mostly filled with opposition. "Been my experience that gays do take 'no' for an answer," replied one Twitter user.

Another comment mentioned the death of Matthew Shepard, a University of Wyoming student who was found dead after being beaten and left to die. The user said that Jackson's claims were justifying "violent sociopaths who murdered Matthew Shepard," whose death had sparked the creation of the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, signed into effect by former President Barack Obama in 2009.

"My opposition to hate crimes is not based on anything having to do with homosexuality," he told Newsweek. "It has to do with my view of the Constitution. We don't punish people in our country for what they think; we punish people for what they do."

He added, "I believe you should be punished for any physical harm that you do to another person, not the motivation behind it." Jackson also said that he would personally defend any homosexual under attack "because it's wrong."

This is not the first time Jackson has gathered attention for his beliefs. In 2019, he spoke outwardly against homosexuality, saying that the use of the rainbow symbol was blasphemy.

"The rainbow was given to us by God as a sign that he would not destroy the earth by water again, and you're going to appropriate that as pride in homosexuality? Are you kidding me? Talk about blasphemy. Talk about arrogance. Talk about boldness. Talk about shaking your fist in God's face."

In reference to hate crimes of any kind, he told Newsweek that punishments should be based solely on the assault itself. Jackson, who is African-American, said, "I find the n-word offensive. I don't want people using that word, but I don't think a person should go to jail for using it either."

Jackson is also the founder of S.T.A.N.D Foundation, a right-wing nonprofit intended to educate and unite under conservative beliefs.

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