Bobby Jindal Announces Prayer Rally With Radical Religious Conservatives

Bobby Jindal, Image courtesy of The Bayou Progressive.

Bobby Jindal, Image courtesy of The Bayou Progressive.

Hey, any of y’all want to head on down here to Baton Rouge, LA next year and go to a prayer rally led by none other than Piyush “Bobby” Jindal?

After all, you’ll be coming during crawfish season and if you’re coming from the west, you can grab a link of tasty pork boudin at Best Stop before you head over the Atchafalaya Basin to Baton Rouge.

You know, shellfish and pork, those two delicious things that many Christians around here eat, despite the directions in the Bible they conveniently ignore on their way to quote scripture condemning gay people.


All of this leads up to Bobby Jindal’s expected run for the White House in 2016, despite the fact his polling numbers in Iowa and New Hampshire are abysmal, and he’s going to have a real challenge trying to compete with Rick Santorum. But hey, facts and numbers don’t matter when you have God on your side, am I right? That’s why Bobby Jindal is holding a prayer rally in Baton Rouge, and inviting some of the most extreme religious conservatives who just happen to be influential with the far right. From Right Wing Watch:

Now it seems that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal who, like Perry, has been courting Religious Right activists by stressing his commitment to Christian Nationalism, issuing apoplectic warnings about religious persecution in America and diligently undermining the teaching of evolution in Louisiana schools, also plans to use a prayer rally to help launch his likely presidential campaign. And he’s turned to the very same people who organized the Perry event.

Jindal has been working with David Lane, a conservative activist who has been tirelessly organizing pastors in early primary states while also warning that God will allow terrorist attacks to hit the U.S. as punishment for homosexuality and abortion rights, and Doug Stringer to stage “The Response: Louisiana” in January of next year.

In a “heartfelt message” announcing the rally, Jindal calls on the nation to “turn back to God” and “light the spark that starts a spiritual revival that will put these United States of America back in the right path.” (Source)

Apparently the United States of America is going down the wrong path, and it’s the fault of gays and those uppity women who dare to have control of their reproductive choices – instead of letting religious conservatives like Bobby Jindal do it for them. Oh yeah, and let’s not forget those of us who don’t believe the world as we know it was created in six days, and those pesky atheists who believe that church and state should be separate. I wonder if he’ll invite his new best friend and notorious anti-gay bigot Phil Robertson to lead the opening prayer?

Sure, Bobby Jindal doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of winning the White House in 2016. He’s not even popular here in Louisiana – even with many conservatives – but that isn’t stopping him from kissing up to the religious right ahead of the Republican primaries which will begin a little more than a year from now.

recent Public Policy Polling survey showed that just 34 percent of Louisianans approve of the job Jindal is doing, while 55 percent disapprove. That’s worse than Obama’s ratings in the same poll, where 39 percent of state residents approve of the job the president is doing and 56 percent disapprove. Another survey, from Louisiana-based Southern Media & Opinion Research back in May, showed Jindal with a 48 percent approval rating and a 51 percent disapproval rating. (Source)

You read that right, Bobby Jindal is only 5 points more popular in Louisiana than President Obama. Yet he believes that by cozying up to people like David Lane and holding a prayer event, that will somehow bolster his numbers in the GOP 2016 primaries. Did I mention that in a matchup of Bobby Jindal vs Hillary Clinton on the ballot in Louisiana, Hillary Clinton would beat him, in his own state?



That’s not going to deter Piyush “Bobby” Jindal from holding this event that I’m sure my brother-in-law, who is good friends with him, will attend. This part of his plan to gain the support of religious conservatives in key early primary states, something David Lane holds the key to. The Republican Party, bolstered by the apathy of liberals in 2014, is moving ever further to the right ahead of 2016. If you think you’ve seen radical rhetoric from them before, you haven’t seen anything yet. Palin/Nugent 2016 anybody?

Watch Bobby Jindal’s invitation video below, courtesy of Right Wing Watch.

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  • Jim Bean

    Have we lost sight of the fact that the last President we elected – the one the Left so admires – spent 20 years embracing the hate-filled, anti-white, anti-Jewish, anti-American tirades of one Reverend Wright in the Trinity United Church of Christ?

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    • Travis Hamilton

      Just STFU already with your BS.

      • Jim Bean

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      • Bill Pazz

        Blah blah blah by the hateful right baggers..

      • DavidD

        Poor jimbo,you are such a victim.Libel is neither considerate or civilized.

      • Bill Pazz

        Amen..Im with you

    • Bill Pazz

      Dude youre out of your mind….But im sure you don’t care that Bush kissed a Saudi-and the Saudis were the 9/11 killers..get a life goof..

    • surfjac

      Do you have 20 years of sermons to back that up?
      Why would you and your ilk condemn Obama for being a “muslim” when he embraces Christianity as a religion? We haven’t lost sight of that nonsense either.

      • Jim Bean

        Most of us on the right have retained sight of the fact that there are crackpots on both extremes of the spectrum (Muslim thing). We’ve heard Wright speak. We see no evidence that what we’ve heard represents the exception rather than rule. We know as fellow members of the human race that you don’t sit and listen to that stuff for 20 years unless you embrace it.

      • surfjac

        And what, the inflammatory rhetoric from the right is just fine but Rev. Wright’s frustrations expressed in his sermons are not?
        You think some of the crap coming out of mr. robertson’s or mr. cruz’s mouth is OK?
        Sort of hypocritical if you ask me.

      • Jim Bean

        Review. I didn’t defend anyone who embraced Robertson’s or Cruz’s rhetoric. That’s the difference.

      • DavidD

        Then why do you parrot Cruz all the time?You can’t have it both ways jimbo.

      • twinkie1cat

        Not necessarily true. Black people, especially, often identify with a particular church. They might like the music, the programs, the outreach, or it may just be that it is just their family church. Sometimes, too, the pastor is more entertainment than teaching. Or he is just tolerated because of his oratorical skills.

        Black churches are extremely complex because for so long they served as community centers and political action centers and were also the only place where a black person got any respect. During the week a black man might be a janitor and be called “boy”, but at church he was “Deacon Jones”.

    • disqus_PXzgTV7lWI

      Not at all… We just prefer the truth.

      • Jim Bean

        And you came here to find it?

    • twinkie1cat

      And then he left that church. Sometimes if you like a church you stay even if you disagree with the preacher. United Church of Christ is the most liberal of the Christian denominations. Wright got seriously over the top. Preachers, especially males, tend to get puffed up with their own importance. People get very attached to their church.

  • Macdoodle

    The tolerant liberals are really some of the most hateful people out there.

    • Bill Pazz

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  • Travis Hamilton

    Rick Perry praying for rain in 2011. I rest my fucking case.

    The drought continued to worsen for four months following the Days of Prayer. While only 15-17% of the state was undergoing exceptional drought by late April, the percentage grew to 50% a month later, and by late June, more than 70% of the state was experiencing exceptional drought conditions.

    Thanks Jesus!

    • DavidD

      .Republican Jesus needed to see some cold hard cash and what you can do for him before any rain came our way.
      Perry is a disgrace to my home state and the country club GOP is gunning for him to take Cruz down.

  • Truth

    This guy is one of the worst, he said that the Republican party is the stupid party and they needed to stop than but he continues doing stupid things

    • DavidD

      Jindal rhymes with swindle.He sold off state property to his buddies and panders to the RWNJs.A criminal pretending he is a public servant.

      • twinkie1cat

        Aw good! You know how to say his name. The media needs to pronounce it correctly which does rhyme with “swindle”. They have been mispronouncing it for several years.

  • Russy Rich

    Piyush is out of his mind if he thinks he stands a chance for the GOP nod in a couple of years. His approval ratings here in Louisiana have already gone into the 30’s. These ultra conservative stances he has taken this year is fooling no one

    • twinkie1cat

      It is truly a pipe dream. First, the GOP is not going to support a short, brown, whiny voiced, son of immigrants. Second, Can you picture him in a debate with Hillary Clinton. Talk about chewed up and spit out!

      • Russy Rich

        Exactly! !!

  • Paul Crook

    I wish I had taken a screencap of a comment I made on an article on the Monroe News Star’s website the morning after he was elected the first time. I commented there (and got hammered for it), saying that with Jindal’s election, I feared for the future of education in our state. Hate to say, I told you so…

    • twinkie1cat

      Monroe News Star seems to be a remarkable paper, especially for a little one. They do some strong investigative reporting, especially in the area of education.

  • You need to keep in mind that winning is not as important as fundraising. If your (right wing) public profile is high enough, you don’t have to be in office to live high on the hog.

  • Macdoodle

    Why has this site not run any stories on Jonathan Gruber and the stupidity of American voters yet?

    • Raymond Phillips

      Give it a rest. The stupidity of American voters is why Republicans will control congress in a few weeks.

  • JOHN KLINE

    Jindal and Perry both should be praying because they both are nothing but hypocrites who probably make God lower his head in shame. They give Christianity a bad name.

    • twinkie1cat

      You’ve got that right. Jindal even recently called himself an “evangelical Catholic”. I think that is kind of like a jumbo shrimp, an oxymoron. (Perry is just a plain moron.) I do not think it is possible to be both evangelical and Catholic because Catholic faith is based on rules and rituals and evangelical faith is based on a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

      • JOHN KLINE

        I am not convinced that a person can be a Christian and a politician. Especially Republican/Tea Party minions.

      • twinkie1cat

        Although I know some conservatives are Christians, I question the quality of their relationship since Jesus was radical left. The people he aggravated into arranging to have him killed were political conservatives, i.e. the Pharisees. I question strongly whether a conservative politician can also be an in-fellowship Christian. He is ignoring the message of Christ on social justice although he may have accepted him as savior.

  • twinkie1cat

    OK all the PROGRESSIVE Christians need to show up for Bobby’s rally, identify as Christians and hold him responsible for displaying REAL christian values—feed the hungry, heal the sick, help the poor, give the cold a blanket, visit the prisoners, welcome immigrants, respect women and children and do it with their pocketbooks by supporting subsidized housing, food stamps, PUBLIC education, equal rights, quality affordable medical care, amnesty, etc, etc, etc. All of these things were what JESUS told us to do. You cannot be a Christian without following Jesus.

    The problem in this country is that the Jesus loving, Bible believing Christians are afraid to stand up to the political christians. Jesus changed systems and preached love and responsibility for one another.