Declaring “our god wins” to thousands of Christian extremists, Presidential hopeful Bobby Jindal advanced the dangerous cause of Christian nationalism at a controversial Louisiana prayer rally Saturday.
At Saturday’s “The Response” prayer rally, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) called for a national spiritual revival and urged attendees to proselytize on behalf of their Christian beliefs. The controversial prayer rally was funded by the American Family Association, a Christian hate group notorious for its virulent anti-gay rhetoric and opposition to the freedoms of non-Christians.
At the rally Jindal mocked GOP colleagues for abandoning their opposition to marriage equality and endorsed a federal constitutional amendment to redefine marriage to be opposite-sex only.
In short, the man who once said the Republican party must “stop being the stupid party,” played dumb to curry political favor with stupid people, angry conservative Christians, in a cynical bid to informally launch his 2016 presidential campaign.
In a letter introducing the prayer rally, a letter printed on the governor’s official stationery, Jindal warned of “a new world order of chaos” claiming:
Jesus Christ, Son of God and the Lord of Life, is America’s only hope
At yesterday’s rally Jindal said:
We can’t just elect a candidate to fix what ails our country. We can’t just pass a law and fix what ails our country. We need a spiritual revival to fix what ails our country.
Today, a day after the controversial prayer rally, Jindal spoke to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. In a spot on remark, Stephanopoulos questioned Jindal on his disturbing claim “our god wins”:
I was struck by the final line, ‘our god wins.’ How do you think that lands in a country of 320 million people, of many different spiritualities, many different kinds of faith, many who believe in no god at all.
Jindal dodged the question, and instead offered some meaningless platitudes. However, at one point Jindal had the gall to praise diversity and religious freedom:
We are a diverse country, obviously a majority of people are Christians, but we don’t discriminate against anybody. That’s one of the great things about America. We believe in religious liberty.
The ugly and ironic fact is that Jindal is an enemy of diversity and religious freedom. In Jindal’s world, religious freedom in the U.S. is only for Christians, and gay and lesbian citizens are to be demonized, and denied the most basic and simple right to marry the one they love.
By hosting the controversial prayer rally for Christian extremists, Jindal was unable to attend a more prominent gathering of conservatives being held simultaneously in Iowa. The Iowa Freedom Summit drew a series of possible Republican presidential contenders, including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
However, by skipping the Iowa Freedom Summit, and holding his prayer rally instead, Jindal staked out his claim to carry the flag of Christian nationalism in the next presidential election.
Christian nationalism is the false belief that America is a Christian nation, a belief supported by Dominion theology. It is a radical right wing movement composed of Christian extremists that want to rewrite American history, and replace the secular values upon which this nation was founded with a Christian theocracy.