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Bobby Jindal: ACLU Lawsuit Is Hypocritical

2016 presidential hopeful, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, tells Breitbart News that he's appalled by the ACLU turning against defending civil liberties. He said:

"You look on their website, on their website, there is information where they have previously supported the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in court and statements where they say that religion in the public square is fundamentally protected and religious liberty is a fundamental human right guaranteed by the First Amendment and it’s not just a right to believe but a right to express those beliefs."

His interview came just hours after the ACLU announced it would be suing Jindal over an executive order he issued in the state of Louisiana geared towards protecting religious freedom. Jindal's executive order was created to protect officials with religious liberty objections from being forced to comply with the Supreme Court ruling that gay marriage is legal nationwide.

According to the New Orleans Times Picayune, what Governor Jindal’s office’s executive order does in addition to federal and state law is “protect clerks and state employees who have moral objections to gay marriage and don’t feel comfortable handing out licenses to same-sex couples.”

In response, Louisiana ACLU branch executive director Marjorie Esman said, “Governor Jindal has violated the Louisiana Constitution by setting up special protections for those who share his belief system. In our country no one is above the law, including the Governor. He swore to uphold the laws of Louisiana. This lawsuit seeks to hold him to that oath.”

Jindal went on to tell Breitbart News, "That is absolutely ridiculous. In America, we understand that America didn’t create religious liberty. Religious liberty created the United States. This isn’t new. Remember Hillary Clinton a few weeks ago in response to a different contest said those of us who are pro-life need to have our religious beliefs changed." Jindal also argued that the ACLU's actions are purely political by saying “They are for religious liberty except when it turns out there’s an evangelical Christian being persecuted." Jindal also added:

"What if the Republican Party actually embraced our own principles? What if we actually fought to win? In this case and others? We need to actually stand up for religious liberty, we need to stand up for our First Amendment rights, and this is not a new struggle. Our Founding Fathers went through this too. That’s why they put it in the First Amendment to the Constitution. They came down on the side of God in the public square. They came down on the side of individuals being able to live our lives 24 hours a day, seven days a week according to our religious beliefs. I wish the ACLU, I wish President Obama, I wish Hillary Clinton better understood not only our history but the Constitution as well."

Jindal then talked about Supreme Court Justices by stating “We need a president who will nominate Justices who actually read the Constitution like [Antonin] Scalia does, like [Samuel] Alito has more recently. We don’t need another [Chief Justice John] Roberts. He’s a great politician but isn’t actually following the Constitution."

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