Bil Browning

Jindal: I'm Determined to Ruin Economy Over Gays

Filed By Bil Browning | April 24, 2015 2:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Bobby Jindal, Louisiana, pro-gay businesses, religious freedom laws, RFRA

bigstock-Middle-finger-18999308.jpgGovernor and presidential wannabe Bobby Jindal is adamant that Louisiana should be able to discriminate against LGBT people and says he's willing to ruin the state's economy to prove it. In an op-ed published today in the New York Times, Jindal basically gives the middle finger to pro-LGBT businesses who have rallied against so-called religious freedom laws and flat-out tells them: "Save your breath."

In Indiana and Arkansas, large corporations recently joined left-wing activists to bully elected officials into backing away from strong protections for religious liberty. It was disappointing to see conservative leaders so hastily retreat on legislation that would simply allow for an individual or business to claim a right to free exercise of religion in a court of law.

Our country was founded on the principle of religious liberty, enshrined in the Bill of Rights. Why shouldn't an individual or business have the right to cite, in a court proceeding, religious liberty as a reason for not participating in a same-sex marriage ceremony that violates a sincerely held religious belief?

That is what Indiana and Arkansas sought to do. That political leaders in both states quickly cowered amid the shrieks of big business and the radical left should alarm us all.

As the fight for religious liberty moves to Louisiana, I have a clear message for any corporation that contemplates bullying our state: Save your breath.

You have to read the whole thing to grasp the full implications of what he is saying. While the Republican party may be the one of corporate interests and big business tax breaks, Jindal is willing to throw them to the wolves in order to pander to the religious right evangelical base. After all, it's not businesses that vote in early primary states like Iowa and South Carolina.

His strategy will obviously backfire though. The corporations may not vote, but they fund the mechanisms that bring out the vote, get the candidate's ads on TV, and all the other myriad things that require big money. He can claim the mantle of religion all he wants, but Jesus doesn't make campaign contributions and he doesn't vote either. If he did, he'd vote Democrat.

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