Jindal Says Liberals Are Bullies When It Comes To Religious Freedom

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) wrote an op-ed in the New York Times that blamed "left-wing activists" into bullying lawmakers. This bully behavior resulted in lawmakers backing away from laws that protect religious freedom. Jindal also criticized Republican governors in Illinois and Arkansas who asked lawmakers in their states to revise "religious freedom" bills.

Jindal wrote, "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." Jindal also wrote about Louisiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, instituted in 2010. In addition, he said he would fight to pass the Marriage and Conscience Act, which would protect the right of individuals and businesses who believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. He went on to write:

"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. Polls indicate that the American consensus is changing -- but like many other believers, I will not change my faith-driven view on this matter, even if it becomes a minority opinion."

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