E.W. Jackson, Virginia’s Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, clarified Wednesday that he did not believe yoga leads to Satanism, after excerpts of his 2008 book made a connection between the two.
“I do not believe that yoga leads to Satanism. One of my ministers is a yoga instructor. What I said was that Christian meditation does not involve emptying oneself but filling oneself … with the spirit of God. That is classic biblical Christianity,” he said at a press conference in Manassas, Va., according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
The very fact that Jackson had to clarify his remarks demonstrates that the socially conservative reverend will be having to spend a lot of time explaining his past views, rather than speaking about his platform.
A passage from his 2008 book, “Ten Commandments to an Extraordinary Life: Making Your Dreams Come True,” caused a stir after he warned about the dangers of yoga and meditation.
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