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.
A 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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