Rev. E.W. Jackson, the great-grandson of slaves, a Marine, and a Harvard Law graduate, criticized Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's (D) dismissal of "thoughts and prayers" following the mass shooting in Virginia Beach, stating that Northam's views reveal he is "dismissive of prayer, and therefore dismissive of Christians," that he does not "want to hear about God" and, combined with his leftist policy history, confirms he is "a God-hater."
On his June 5 radio show, The Awakening, Rev. Jackson said, “This is the thing, I find it almost seals the deal in terms of where these gun-control people are coming from. Here’s what the governor [Northam] said…. He’s going to call the legislature back into session and he says, “I will be asking for votes and laws, not thoughts and prayers.”
"He said [that], mocking their usual response to gun violence by supporters of the Second Amendment," added Jackson. "Well, I don’t know if it’s just supporters of the Second Amendment. I think it’s just people who care about other people and realize that the ultimate answer is God."
Jackson continued, “So let’s add to Northam’s sordid resume that he is also a God-hater. Because these leftists do this all the time, ‘We don’t want to hear about your prayers.’ They don’t know that prayer is the most powerful force in the universe, besides God Himself, because prayer is how one accesses God. Prayer is how one communicates with and becomes a vessel for God’s power to flow."
“So, prayer is extremely powerful," said Jackson. "The Bible says the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Jesus says men who are always praying do not lose heart. Prayer is extremely powerful."
“But not only is this [Northram’s remark] dismissive of prayer—and therefore dismissive of Christians, because it’s mainly Christians who say, ‘We’re praying for you’ mainly—but it’s blasphemous because it is basically saying God is irrelevant. ‘We don’t want to hear about God. We don’t want to hear about God. We’re going to solve this problem with more gun control.’ That’s what he wants to do.”
On May 31, disgruntled Virginia Beach city engineer DeWayne Craddock shot and killed 12 of his co-workers. He also shot and wounded five other people.