Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is the latest GOP candidate to throw his hat into the 2016 ring. While I’m sure readers of this site have no plan to vote for him, it’s worth remembering just why that is.
(To be clear, candidates’ religious beliefs shouldn’t exclude them from running for office. But their inability to think reasonably and rationally — however you define that — has always been up for debate, and Jindal is a candidate who has displayed ignorance time and time again.)
- He thinks exorcisms are legitimate and once performed one on a friend he believed was possessed by the Devil.
- He voted against expanding embryonic stem cell research.
- He’s a biology major who still thinks Intelligent Design and Creationism should be taught in public schools.
- He signed the Louisiana Science Education Act, which allows Intelligent Design and Creationism to be brought into public schools under the guise of critical thinking. (Dozens of Nobel laureates have publicly opposed the law.)
- He approved a voucher plan sending millions of taxpayer dollars to private religious schools that teach Creationism. (It was later ruled unconstitutional.)
- He used his platform as Governor to host a Christian prayer rally earlier this year.
- He traveled to churches across the state on the taxpayers’ dime.
- He supported giving federal dollars to a faith-based youth marines program.
- He believes our country can be fixed through a “spiritual revival.”
- He believes our nation becoming more secular is somehow destroying religious liberty.
So the same man who once warned the GOP against becoming known as the “stupid party” has done everything in his power to perpetuate that very stereotype.
A lot of these reasons could easily apply to the other GOP candidates. But Jindal, for some reason, gets a lot more respect than several others in the race.
He hasn’t earned it and he sure as hell doesn’t deserve it. He’s a national disaster in the making.