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Bishop Harry Jackson to Bill O’Reilly: ‘They Hacked Into My Records’

Bishop Harry Jackson, leading opponent of gay marriage in the District, entered the No-Spin Zone this evening.

Jackson was featured in a five-minute segment midway through the O'Reilly Factor, as proof, according to host Bill O'Reilly, of "the staggering hypocrisy of the left and media that enables the far left to do these things."

Some backstory: On June 5, Lou Chibbaro Jr. reported in the Washington Blade that Jackson had only recently registered to vote in the District and that he listed his residence as a one-bedroom apartment in the Whitman, a Mount Vernon Square condo building. That, of course, is germane because he is (a) a proponent of a referendum on a District law and (b) required to be a registered District voter to do so. Earlier this week, Chibbaro added to his report, reporting that virtually no one at the condo building had seen Jackson and that Jackson is maintaining his residences in Maryland.

On Wednesday, at a hearing before the Board of Elections and Ethics, Jackson took time to decry the disclosures, calling them a threat to him and his family and an attempt to intimidate him and other same-sex marriage opponents.

On O'Reilly, he continued his protestations.

"Well, Bill," he started, "they hacked into my records, found out when I registered to vote in the District of Columbia. They printed in two newspapers my home address and the addresses of houses I own in the Maryland region, outside D.C. And there have been e-mails that have gone forth saying they want to destroy my church. Kind of amazing, isn't it?"

"It isn't," O'Reilly replied. "I'm not amazed by it." He then brought up his own recent troubles, where he's come under fire for his years of vitriol toward Kansas abortion doctor George Tiller, leading some to suggest culpability in his brutal murder. Hypocrisy, he said: "You don't hear a word about people like you, and they're printing your name in the paper!"

Jackson continued: "You know, Bill, people are looking for privacy, and they say their rights need to be protected. And on the other side, unlike the civil rights movement...[which] operated with a Christian spirit, this minority is going to rise up and impose their will on the majority. And they don't care that I've got young adult daughters and a wife. They don't care what happens to my family. They just want it their way, and they'll intimidate you or me into submission if they can."

"How are you handling all this, as a man of God?" O'Reilly asked. "Are you forgiving them? Are you angry with them?"

Replied Jackson: "Well, I am praying for them and forgiving them. Bill, this is very much a spiritual battle in my view, and I look at Martin Luther King Jr. as the ultimate model in terms of his public resistance to oppression, and I think that this is going to deepen our faith roots if you will. But very sincerely, I cannot answer back, obviously, with the same kind craziness that they're operating with. But I'm glad that you've had me on tonight so that we can expose the fact that folks are saying one thing then doing something totally hypocritical on the other side."

Cue Bill O'Reilly, tough guy: "I know you can't do anything, but I can. And if anybody bothers you or your family, and if you believe that anybody's putting you in danger or doing anything against you church, I want you to call me immediately. And we will deal with those people, because we are going to defend people like you."

Then O'Reilly gave Jackson "the last word": "Thing that I'm so concerned about is that this kind of thing has a chilling effect on people standing up for their rights. Once people see what's happened to me, they say, 'Shoot, I'm not going to get involved. I'm not going to say my piece.'"

"That's why they do it to me! That's why they do it to you!" O'Reilly interjected. "And it's not the American way. It's un-American."

LL will make but one comment. OK, two. (1) You're fitting your wife and young adult daughters in a one-bedroom condo? (2) Obtaining the address and date of registration for a District voter by no means requires any "hacking." Any person is free to visit the offices of the Board of Elections and Ethics (441 4th St. NW, 2nd floor, south wing), walk into the waiting area, log in to a public computer terminal, and look up that information for any voter in town. In fact, call 202-727-2525, ask real nice, and they might even look it up for you. And land records? Those are public, too.

Open government: Very, very American.

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  • Dave

    Yes but should the Blade have printed the name of his apartment building? As much as I detest Jackson, I think he has a point that publishing this information poses a threat to his safety.

    The Blade could have written the story without naming the specific building Jackson (supposedly) lives in and it would have had the same impact. I don't see how naming the condo building adds to the story in any significant way.

  • Jim

    The Blade did nothing wrong, Dave.

  • Tom

    Although I don't agree with Jackson's tactics, I do believe the media must show restraint when it comes to personal residence and information. Let's be fair people, if there was a prominent gay activist and Bill O. listed their name, name, address and other information to the public; the leftist media would be in an uproar. Also, if something was to happen to this person, they would say he was responsible in the act.

    I understand the information is public, but we must keep a level head in any domestic struggle.

  • Roger

    Jackson is Prepretrating FRAUD, I hope DC Government investigates him to bring charges against him. If Jackson GENUINELY was a DC Resident, it would be moot. Evidence speaks otherwise.
    Thank You for Investigative Reporting from the Press.

  • Peter

    Bishop Jackson keeps showing his disregard for the truth. Saying people "hacked" into his records makes him sound like the victim of crime, rather than the subject of investigative reporting involving public records. It is genuinely difficult to believe that Jackson and his wife (and children?) have moved from their million dollar home in Maryland into a one-bedroom condo in DC. He's made himself a public figure by leading a vitriolic campaign against gay people, their relationships and their families. He can't be out there waging this campaign and expecting not to be subject to public scrutiny. Of course, like every other American, Jackson has the right to engage in politics and debate without fear that he, his church, or his family are being threatened - and if it's true that threats have been made they should be investigated, especially in this climate. But it's strange to go crying about an address being made public to Bill O'Reilly, who urged people to besiege Dr. Tiller's clinic.

  • Dan

    Not only is Jackson fitting his wife and young adult daughters into a one-bedroom condo, but he also shares it with his male "roommate" Joseph Honaker.

    http://www.washblade.com/thelatest/thelatest.cfm?blog_id=25696

  • SG

    O'Reilly is a sick, twisted man.

  • NIVLA

    IT DOESNT MATTER WHAT YOU HOMOSEXUALS DO OR ATTEMPT TO DO GAY MARRAIGE IN W.D.C WILL NOT HAPPEN!

    THE MAJORITY OF BLACK FOLK ARE AGAINST GAY MARRIAGE AND HOMOSEXUALITY. I DONT UNDERSTAND WHY HOMOSEXUALS DONT UNDERSTAND THAT! THIS ISSUE WILL BE PUT TO A VOTE IN THE DISTRICT AND THE RESIDENTS WHICH ARE MAJORITY BLACK WILL VOTE NO IN A LANDSLIDE!

    WE TRYING TO GET OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM UP TO PAR AND THESE COCKSUCKERS ARE WEIGHING US DOWN WITH THIS SELFISH SHIT.

    IN ALL HONESTY THIS GAY MARRIAGE BULLSHIT IS A NON-ISSUE. NEXT!!

  • kevin

    Speaking as a black gay male...how have you forgotten your history you probably sound a lot like a southern white woman who didn't want blacks to live in her neighborhood, or go to her child's schools. Or get married to her son or daughter. I suggest you relook at history books...because you've forgotten so much.

  • Vince

    Nivla honey, in case you did not notice, half of D.C. is gay. Wake up and smell the... oh never mind.

    Proud Cocksucker.

    Peace to you and yours

  • Jim

    NIVLA sounds like Larry Craig before he pleaded guilty. There's no doubt in my mind he knows the sweet taste of cock.

  • Q

    Namecalling doesn't change the issue. Jackson's campaign was vicious but he didn't deserve to be OUTED like that. Saying he has a condo and he registered to vote recently is one thing. Telling is actual address is another. The same goes for outing Cheney-- I mean Nickels apartment. I honestly can't stand the man, but he IS entitled to some privacy so he can think up more ways to "oppress" citizens and lie about it.

    Taking it to Bill O'Reilly doesn't help his cause. Polarize it, YES. But I cannot see how that could be an advantage. The last thing we need is more armchair pundits handicapping this issue and spreading ignorance via their opinion.

  • http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com Mike DeBonis

    Whether or not to publish an exact address is a tough call, LL admits. But if there is a legitimate security issue and someone wishes to do Jackson harm, or even simply harass him, not printing the exact address in the Blade or in WCP or elsewhere will do little to prevent it. His voter information is public information, accessible to anyone. If the person didn't read the address in the blade, he could read it at One Judiciary Square.

    The privacy that so many people in this country seek to protect simply doesn't exist, and has never existed. Voting and land records are rightly public.

  • Q

    Yes LL, but you at least have to do a FOIA request to get it. The Examiner and "themail" gave easy access to Jackson and Nickels respectively. The difference? Jackson is a private "citizen". Nickels is a quasi-elected official. Not only that but Nickels is entitled (or should be) to uniform officer protection since he's the AG. Granted an opportunistic malcontent (like Von Brunn) need not target them directly to do damage.

    Fenty and all the Councilmembers addresses are public. I can protest in front of their house all I want. But in taking that office, there were some concessions to privacy. Jackson didn't sign a waiver conceding his privacy...no matter how false, scandulous, or insincere it was. I may indirectly support Jackson's platform, but I have NO TOLERANCE for carpetbaggers who come here to push an issue. If Jackson is one, as determined by the Blade (without having to yield his address), he has undermined his own integrity and disqualified himself from this fight.

  • Jim

    Jackson is a private citizen but still a public figure.

  • http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com Mike DeBonis

    Nope, no FOIA request necessary for voter info. Try it--walk into the DCBOEE office and look up LL's data! I have no problem if you post it.

  • charlie

    Publishing has address MIGHT be an issue if he really lives there. Except it seems that he doesn't.

  • Q

    OK...I stand corrected on an official FOIA request, but you still have to give your name. Even if it is bogus, they still should (or have to ) log it. If I'm entitled to know what companies look at my Credit Report, I should know who is looking me up in public records. That used to be, however the internet has made this all too easy to do it anonymously.

  • Jim

    Frankly, I find it hilarious that anyone would listen to anything this man says. He refers to himself as a "Bishop" of the Church. Um, last time I checked, in order to be a Bishop, your line had to go back, via the apostolic succession, to St. Peter. Yeah, the guy is not really a Bishop. He's a fake.

  • http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com Mike DeBonis

    I think there's a sign-in sheet at BOEE, FWIW.

    And Jim, I don't think Jackson's Catholic.

  • Tom

    I respect LL, but you have to admit that the left cannot have it both ways (I am very moderate by the way). If the left can be mad at Bill O'Reilly, and say he contributed to the death of an abortion Doctor (because of his talk show), then publications like the WCP and the Blade have to admit they are just as guilty as FOX news.

    This issue has become so divisive, that the traditional lines of "Us vs Them" are so blurred. Nothing good can come from this.

  • Tom

    Also, you have to have the knowledge to know that the information is there. You have to go to Judiciary Square, then you have to find out what floor DCBOEE, proceed to go through security, use the elevator, go in and talk to the employee and ask for help. Either use the terminal or issue a data request.

    Either way there would be a record of said potential deviant and how he accessed information on a potential victim.

    With the newspaper route, any and every potential weirdo has access.

  • http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com Mike DeBonis

    On your first point: LL is a freedom of speech and freedom of information/open-government absolutist. You won't hear him complaining about O'Reilly's Tiller comments.

    On the second point, yes, there is a matter of degree between reading a guy's name in the paper and heading downtown to look it up. But if you're the type of weirdo who is motivated it to do something sinister, LL's guess is that you're motivated enough to make the extra effort.

  • JohnD

    Um, if anyone bothered to look, you can also go to the DC Board of Elections and Ethics Website (http://www.dcboee.org/). On its homepage under "News" for 5/28/09 is a link to the PDF of the referendum filing that Bishop Jackson submitted. On that filing is his full address at The Whitman. You don't have to go to the BOEE office, you don't have to call, you don't have to file a FOIA request, you don't have to give your name. All you have to do is go on the BOEE website and it is right there on the homepage.

  • NIVLA

    JIM-
    YOU FAGALAS CANT BAIT ME WITH YOUR THOUGHT PROVOKING CRAP!
    IM A MAN AND MY MIND IS TO STRONG FOR THAT.

    VINCE AND KEVIN-
    SORRY HALF OF DC IS NOT GAY! YOU PUNKS FAIL TO REALIZE THAT BLACK WOMEN MAKE UP MUCH OF THE NUMBERS IN THIS CITY. AS MUCH AS YOU THINK THEY ARE YOUR FRIENDS THEY ARE PROUD PROPONENTS OF TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE. IN OTHER WORDS YOU DONT HAVE A CHANCE WHEN THIS GOES UP FOR A VOTE. I KNOW MY HISTORY AND IN NO SHAPE, FORM OR FASHION DOES THIS BULLSHIT (GAY MARRIAGE) EQUATES TO THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT AND WOMENS SUFFRAGE.

    GREAT JOB MR. JACKSON! KEEP UP THE FIGHT WE GOT YO BACK BROTHER!

    BEFORE I SIGN OFF A POINT OF FACT-PEOPLE ARE NOT BORN GAY AND HOMOSEXUALITY IS A CHOICE!

  • Q

    @JohnD, in the immortal words of Homer Simpson, "Doh!" {smacks head} His phone number is there too. That still doesn't change my argument and the fact that you didn't publish the FULL URL (with .PDF) says that you at least force the "anonymous" person to find it. The Blade and others would just assume give the full URL, phone number, and Mapquest directions.

    What's next? Property Tax registration/filing? Yes, he's a carpetbagger. Move on!

  • BillyBobThorthon

    I love how Jackson and O'Reily are claiming that their rights are being trampled on, that they are the minority in this country. Did anyone catch that? It's absurd how this vicious, close-minded, hate-spewing idiots can play the victim card so well and get sympathy on top of it. It's a fact that Jackson is not a Washingtonian nor does he speak for Washingtonians or the majority of Black Washingtonians. The argument he's putting forward against the God-given rights of human beings to think and choose is so ridiculously hypocritical. No one invaded Jackson's rights. This guy is coming into our City claiming to be the moral authorithy yet has lied, cheated, and committed voter fraud in order to be this voice. Be real people. Recognize bull$hit when you see it...

  • JMan

    NIVLA: "WE TRYING TO GET OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM UP TO PAR"

    Yeah especially the elementary English skills, please.

  • Truth Hurts

    The key issue that bears further srutiny is whether Jackson (his holiness) registered a bogus address to enable him to improperly advance his personal political cause in DC. All signs thus far point to something fishy. I'm undecided on whether his exact (claimed)address should've been published, so I won't choose sides just yet. By all means, though, follow up on his registration.

  • BobinDC

    Jackson put his home information up for public scrutiny when he put proposed the referendum: http://www.dcboee.org/pdf_files/nr_201.PDF

    No need to go to the BOEE, or even call them. He put himself forward as a public person.

  • Truth Hurts

    BobinDC: Thanks for the link. Has anyone else noticed that the atty for Jackson lives in Va?

  • http://www.theother35percent.blogspot.com Cary Silverman

    Rev. Jackson registered to vote by asserting he was a DC resident of the Whitman under penalty of perjury.

    If he doesn't in fact live in DC -- and the DC Code looks to elements such as where he owns property (MD), where his family lives (MD), where he works (MD), and where he pays taxes and car is registered (not sure, but I'm guessing MD) to determine whether he truly does live here and intend to stay here indefinitely -- then he is guilty of voter fraud, which, by the way, is subject to a max of 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

    He's not just trying to illegal vote himself in an election -- he is attempting to serve as the primary sponsor of a referendum to overturn DC law. He is most certainly a public figure and, if The Blade's information is correct, and I believe it is, the Attorney General's office should open a criminal investigation into voter fraud.

  • Truth Hurts

    Someone should check if he was (or is now) registered to vote in Md. It's likely publicly available info, same as DC's voter rolls. Also, I believe anyone can check DC and Md MVA records to determine whether someone is licensed to drive, and if so, where. If he's registered to vote (or drive) in a jurisdiction other than DC, that pretty well clinches the voter fraud case against him in DC, especially when combined with the other facts we know,

  • Edgar P. Larue

    Does the Holy Rev. have a comb-over like Reilly? That could be what is behind all this. What's he afraid of - that crazed right-wingers will show up and shoot him without warning?

  • Cris Phipps

    Well, the voters will probably vote against the LGBTs this time, but if we look at the trends it won't be long until the anti-gay movement is lumped with the white supremacists and other hate movements. (I give it 20 years). And also, if we are to deny people rights because of choices they make, I'd like to propose denying rights to people who choose stupid religions (that would be all of them).

  • http://www.creditcompute.com Joni

    I usually don

  • Waldorf, MD

    NIVLA,

    I like your passion for defending the truth. Remember, when arguing with gay supporters, there's no need lose your cool. All of their arguments are based on lies and distortions of the truth. They are like the foolish chess player who has boldly launched an all out attack against a solid defense. In the end, his position is weakened and he is ultimately defeated. Right now, they are enjoying their day in the sun, but they cannot avoid the inevitable truth for long. There WILL be an election. Each and every one of those DC council members will be shown the door as a direct result of the pro-homosexual agenda they have imposed against the will of the majority, all while denying them the chance to vote on it. The homosexual rights motto: "All we have to fear, is the ballot-box itself." If this is the kind of stuff hiding behind the Democratic banner, then now might not be a bad time to be a Republican. My bet's on the next mayor of DC to be a Black Republican. Any takers?

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  • Cris Phipps

    To clarify my point, I don't think any person should be denied rights based on their religion. Just that the religious right frequently justifies their point by saying homosexuality is a 'choice.' Well, as my gay friends say, nobody in their right mind would choose to be homosexual because of all of the hatred and discrimination they have to deal with. I think any church should be able to choose whom and whom not may be married within their church (that would include polygamy for Mormons) as long as it's between consenting adults. Let's let the churches decide whom they want to marry and give civil unions to the rest of us.

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