Jindal to warn of religious intolerance by left, slam HGTV
May 9th, 2014
03:05 PM ET
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Jindal to warn of religious intolerance by left, slam HGTV

(CNN) – Gov. Bobby Jindal will strike a familiar refrain in a commencement address on Saturday, warning of an increasingly secular culture driven by a government that stifles religious liberty.

According to advance excerpts of his speech at Liberty University, the Louisiana Republican and potential 2016 White House hopeful will point to legal controversies of late, blaming the Obama administration, Democrats and the entertainment industry for an infringement on religious freedoms.

"Under the Obama regime, you have the protection of the First Amendment as an individual, you see – but the instant you start a business, you lose those protections," he will say, according to prepared remarks.

"The modern ‘left’ in America is completely intolerant of the views of people of faith. They want a completely secular society where people of faith keep their views to themselves," Jindal will say.

In the remarks, Jindal will decry HGTV's recent decision to cancel a show after reports surfaced that the planned hosts, twin brothers David and Jason Benham, reportedly made remarks against homosexuality.

The Benham brothers, who are graduates of Liberty University, told CNN they believe HGTV was bullied into its decision and defended themselves as not anti-homosexual, or discriminatory in any manner.

"Think about that for a minute. If these guys had protested at the Republican Party Convention, instead of cancelling their show, HGTV would probably have given them a raise," Jindal will say.

Jindal is term-limited as Louisiana governor and is considering launching a bid for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016. He's is the latest in a slew of conservative White House hopefuls to speak at the evangelical Christian university.

Jindal's prepared remarks echo what another Republican, and possible 2016-er, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas said in speech at the school last month.

The Lynchburg, Virginia, university is popular stomping ground for conservative politicians.

Related: Jindal praises ‘Dynasty’ reinstatement: Left doesn’t have ‘monopoly on free speech’


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soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    This guy thinks he has same charisma as Obama, but does not and never will. Pathetic idiot.

    May 9, 2014 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  2. Malory Archer

    Amazed
    So, what is the next step? If we don't agree with the Liberals will they try to ship us off to the re-education camps like the old communist regimes? Oh. I forgot, they already have those, it is now called "sensitivity training".

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Where were YOU when MSNBC fired a talk show host for calling out dim bulb barbie on her ignorant comments about slavery? Oh, that's right – you were cheering them on and whining that the host should be deported.

    May 9, 2014 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  3. Silence DoGood

    Put up a cross on private land (remember separation of church and state) in the USA and in N.Korea.
    See where you get arrested.
    I thank God for religious liberty.
    Say NO to the Christian extremist theocracy.
    There is no War on Christianity.
    Don't buy into the conservative christian or atheist myth.
    I think that covers common sense for today.

    May 9, 2014 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  4. yeahright

    @Robert

    Well said. You are spot on.

    May 9, 2014 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  5. greenaxe

    Hey Jindal, I still see the GOP is still the party of stupid.....getting stupider by the minute

    May 9, 2014 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  6. greenaxe

    The right uses religion just as these extremists in the middle east because it suits their agenda. It is the GOP that is demonizing christianity. Example: I was behind this pickup truck and he had a NRA, Vote rebublican sticker and a crucifix hanging from his mirror. There was an elderly lady in front of him who did not move fast enough so he called her every name in the book and gave her the finger....religous...I think not. It is more of a convenience thing.

    May 9, 2014 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  7. ermentrude

    Controlling speech by silencing those you disagree with doesn't work. Never works. Pointing it out when it is hateful and meant to hurt, does work, better than silencing every perceived slight.

    May 9, 2014 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  8. giancarlo

    Wait a minute. Jindal praised the Duck Dynasty idiot for being racist, but complains about HDTV? Let me put it this way so that conservatives can understand. If GOD was a conservative, he would of made everyone WHITE skin, BLOND hair and BLUE eyes. How you like them Apples, you stupid far right idiots.

    May 9, 2014 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Bigots hiding behind the book of fables. Spew hate and that's what you get....real Christian values at work.

    May 9, 2014 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  10. storm chaser 101

    Is jindle making a commencment speach or holding a political rally... O I forgot he's at liberty U the home of religious intollerance Sad that everything has to be political

    May 9, 2014 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  11. Cindy

    So, gay people are the only ones who can express their opinions. I get it now. There is a war on Christianity and Jesus is not a liberal. He's about as conservative as they come.
    I am sick to death of the gays bullying everyone! They can bash Christians and people who don't believe in the gay lifestyle, and there are plenty who don't, yet say you don't agree with them and you are automatically called a hater and a bigot and everything else when you never said a thing about hate!! Talk about hypocritical!

    May 9, 2014 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. fastball

    "They want a completely secular society where people of faith keep their views to themselves".
    YES!!! I'm glad you're a Christian – now keep your views to yourself!
    You live your life...and I'll live mine. Or does being a Christian preclude you from opining on my life?
    Be happy...worship who or what you want. But do it in your own home.

    May 9, 2014 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  13. anonymous

    Amazed
    So, what is the next step? If we don't agree with the Liberals will they try to ship us off to the re-education camps like the old communist regimes? Oh. I forgot, they already have those, it is now called "sensitivity training".
    --

    no, they form a mob, in the streets or on the internet now, and assault you. try to drive you out of business, get your fired, demand money, terrorize your kids. it is the 'tolerate' leftist way. union gangster mob style.

    May 9, 2014 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  14. Say WHAT?

    Why ANY religious person would vote for the baby murdering, relgion hating Democrat Party is beyond me. Talk about voting against your best interests.

    May 9, 2014 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  15. 2_indy1600

    @anonymous..."bigots hiding behind the book of fables. Spew hate and that's what you get..real Christian values at work."
    I guess that mote in your eye it too big to get out or you wouldn't be anonymous, would you? Republicans are bigots, CONFORM! Republicans are hatefull, CONFORM. The Bible is a book of fairy tales, CONFORM. You people have no freedom. Why would you sell it for politics, of all things?

    May 9, 2014 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  16. happynurse

    this is the flip side of the arizona law that was proposed....im sure he was all for that, but when the bigots are denied, then its a big problem

    May 9, 2014 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. Pastafarian

    HGTV nixed the show b/c the Benham twins made comments that were out of touch with the preferences of the network's target audience, which would have resulted in lower ratings, less ad revenue, and thus less profits for the shareholders of HGTV's parent company, Scripps Networks Interactive, a multibillion dollar company. This decision was capitalism in its purest form, and tomorrow a prominent Republican governor of a Red State is going to get up in front of thousands of people and criticize it. Gotta love the irony!

    May 9, 2014 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  18. Eric Rife

    I thought Bobby Jindhl was the guy who wanted the Republicans to stop being the "Stupid Party."

    May 9, 2014 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  19. J Anthony

    I feel bad for the commenters here who actually believe they're being "attacked" or "hated" for their religion. Enlightened people do not hatereligion, it's the hypocrisy, ignorance and intolerance of others for believing different than you that's a problem.. Believe and practice whatever faith you want, just stop imposing those beliefs and practices on everyone else. Can you handle that?

    May 9, 2014 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  20. CryBabies

    Just got here....hows the liberal "lovefest blog" doing today? Can I scratch anybodys back?

    May 9, 2014 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  21. Lynda/Minnesota

    "They want a completely secular society where people of faith keep their views to themselves," Jindal will say."

    I can only speak for myself.

    What I want, Bobby Jindal, is for folks who call themselves Christians to quit pimping Jesus for political votes.

    May 9, 2014 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
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