It seems Jesse Jackson, the alleged “reverend” who once smeared all Jews as “Hymies” and the city of New York as “Hymietown,” is not too happy with the fact that A&E decided to bring Phil Robertson back, and told Newsmax’s Steve Malzberg Show that Robertson needs to be more “repentant” and “contrite” for espousing the Christian position on gays — that while God hates sin, He loves the sinner and we are all sinners in His eyes.
In short, Jackson wants Robertson to essentially turn his back on biblical teachings of the subject.
“Mr. Robertson’s language was hurtful and painful to many people … [and] he’s been unrepentant,” Jackson said. “When people make mistakes, and people do make mistakes, you should be repentant and contrite and then seek forgiveness.”
Jackson, of course, knows all about making controversial statements.
In 1984, Jackson made his infamous anti-Semitic slur while speaking with Milton Coleman, a black reporter from the Washington Post, believing the reporter would not print the comments due to a perceived racial bond.
But the comments were exposed, sparking outrage.
At first, Jackson denied making the statements, then claimed Jews conspired to defeat him.
“The Nation of Islam’s radical leader Louis Farrakhan, an aggressive anti-Semite and old Jackson ally, made a difficult situation worse by threatening Coleman in a radio broadcast and issuing a public warning to Jews, made in Jackson’s presence: ‘If you harm this brother [Jackson], it will be the last one you harm,'” the Post said in a wrap-up of the controversy.
In 2008, Jackson said he wanted to cut off Barack Obama’s private parts in a comment that was picked up by a hot microphone.
Jackson apologized for both incidents.
Most recently, he demanded executives from A&E and Cracker Barrel meet with him over Robertson’s comments in what appeared to be part of an effort to secure some form of sanctions from the two companies.
Now Jackson wants Robertson to turn his back on biblical teaching.
Robertson, however, has said that he won’t back down.