Jun 25, 2006

Candidate Claims the Devil is Against Him

Left: John Jacob, courtesy of Deseretnews.com

(Salt Lake City, UT) A candidate for the Republican nomination for a Utah congressional seat believes that Satan is behind a series of recent setbacks that he has faced.

John Jacob, a businessman challenging incumbent Rep. Chris Cannon, said that he cannot find another explanation for his woes.

"There's another force that wants to keep us from going to Washington, D.C.," he said. "It's the devil is what it is. I don't want you to print that, but it feels like that's what it is."

His efforts to finance his campaign through business deals were the first sign that a demonic presence could be undermining the run for Congress, said Jacob.

"You know, you plan, you organize, you put your budget together and when you have 10 things fall through, not just one, there's some other, something else that is happening," he told the Salt Lake Tribune. "I don't know who else it would be if it wasn't him. Now when that gets out in the paper, I'm going to be one of the screw-loose people."

Jacob, a member of the Mormon Church, has made the claim on at least two occasions. He told the Tribune that the purported satanic intervention is a function of his pure motives.

"We have a country that was created by our Heavenly Father and it was a country that had a Constitution and everyone who came to America had strong faith. If that can be destroyed that would be the adversity," he said. "Whether you want to call that Satan or whoever you want to call it, I believe in the last eight months I've experienced that."


Anonymous said...


My husband, who is a conservative, has always been suspicious of those who invoke the name of Jesus for their good actions and the name of Satan for anything bad that goes their way.

This guy seems unstable.

liberal_dem said...

"We have a country that was created by our Heavenly Father..."

Gulp! Apparently his 'heavenly fahter' had some hard-working sons: Madison, Jefferson, Mason...

Kate said...

Ok - how predictable is it I'd sound in here.

First, God did not create America. All of the founding fathers weren't even Christians. But one of the core ideals they were striving for was freedom from tyranny. (There were economic purposes as well). One of the forms of tyranny was the Church.

So, he's got his history a bit bassackwards to start with.

I believe that many times evil influences happen in the lives of people who have great purposes in God's plans for us. As a matter of fact I've seen this kind of influence on a small scale and read about it in history - great figures and great tragedy.

But for the most part - people give the devil far too much credit. This sounds more like a case of mismanagement to me and blame the devil :-)

But of course, as so often happens, I may be wrong.

Maggie Thurber said...

Conservative Chuck Muth had a truly interesting column on this guy. Seems he'd almost had the race locked up because his opponent (and incumbent) was a proponent of amnesty for illegal aliens which is an extremely hot topic in that district.

Of couse, Muth used such terms as "shooting oneself in the foot," and other, less complimentary, terms about him...

Brian said...


Most of the founding fathers were Christians. Jefferson was a Diest for a period in his life (this period included his political life) but began and ended his life as a Christian.

liberal_dem said...

"Most of the founding fathers were Christians."

As they were born into the Anglican church, naturally they were 'Christians.'

However, and adding greatly to their credibility as statesmen, none of them flaunted their Christian roots as they wrote a document which they knew would be for a true democratic state, absent of religious preference.

The absurdity of the gaggle of Christian Right politicos to label these statesmen 'christian' is pathetic, at best.

Anchorage Activist said...

This worries me. John Jacobs had a very real chance of defeating Chris Cannon before he made this remark. However, his lead in the polls was so slim that Cannon could easily turn this against Jacobs and win re-election.

Congress needs a thorough housecleaning, and removing Chris Cannon would be an excellent place to start.

BTW, both Cannon and Jacobs are devout Mormons. So it's Mormon against Mormon.

Kate said...

brain - yes that's historically correct and LD "However, and adding greatly to their credibility as statesmen, none of them flaunted their Christian roots as they wrote a document which they knew would be for a true democratic state, absent of religious preference."

Thank you - this is so well said. I couldn't have asked for better.

For a truly free people, the government cannot be allowed to comment on religion or the practice thereof. (Barring locking yourself in with children, guns and ammo).

Thank you :-)

Hooda Thunkit said...

Sounds like a "serial victim" to me.

Repeating it that many times doesn't make it so either.

IMO, it was the voters who don't want him going to Washington.