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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  1. Gunderson

    Humm?,
    Faith? Old Gunderson have faith that Looney Liberals try screw me out my money. Well when I have some money......

    May 9, 2014 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  2. Anthony

    It seems that Republicans have no self awareness or sense of irony. They are fine when people like the Benham brothers bully gay people, but they complain about bullying when gay people push back. They talk about the freedom of speech, but the RNC just banned Republican candidates from participating in debates not sanctioned by the RNC. What about the freedom of a TV station to put on the kind of show that it wants to air?

    May 9, 2014 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  3. Democrat Party - the new anti-religion Taliban

    The leftist Democrats have taken over the Democrat Party. They hate and openly mock and attack relgious people, especially Christians. They are too chicken to do it to muslims for fear of retaliation. Their religion is Marxism. It does not allow for power to be shared with any relgious beliefs. Religion is a direct threat to its authority. Welcome to the New Democrat Party.

    May 9, 2014 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  4. pierce

    Jindal calls the GOP the "party of stupid" and he whines about others' intolerance?

    Hey, Bubba J, the Republican Party called and doesn't want you.

    May 9, 2014 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  5. bp

    News flash: Jindal defends bigotry. Typical GOP.

    Jindal could have used tomorrow's speech at Liberty University as an opportunity to distance himself from the bigots in his party (a "Sister Soljah"-type moment) and remind people of the true spirit of Christianity.

    Instead, he's pandering to the haters and arguing in defense of discrimination and prejudice. Clearly not Presidential material.

    May 9, 2014 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  6. Chuck4720

    PLEEEZE – These Benham dweebs publicly offended people who are their prospective employer's customer base and employees and now WE'RE INTOLERANT of them?! Sorry guys – when you're slinging burgers, make sure to criticize your boss's life, race, religion or values & see how that works out for you too!
    HGTV did the right thing. If your 'faith' demands you throw stones, don't stand there lookin all hurt when you get hit with a brick!

    May 9, 2014 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    The gop is filled with whiny children, stomping their feet whenever they don't get their way. Reminds me of when my kids were toddlers. And as every responsible parent knows, you DON'T GIVE IN to their childish demands.

    Translation: All Democrats and Independents (and any thinking repubs left out there) need to vote on November 4, 2014 for Democrats. It's the only way to ever get Washington working again, not to mention all the state legislatures that have been in the grips of repub/tea bags these last several years.

    May 9, 2014 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    Hey MORON, move to IRAN or SOMIALIA !!!! Your not wanted in the GOP or DEMOCRATIC party?????

    May 9, 2014 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Perhaps he could spend a little time in N.Korea or Iran then he might be able to tell us what religious oppression really means."

    Might I also suggest he flip through local television channels early a.m. Monday – Friday? There is quite the variety of religious folks schooling the unrighteous. Or would be schooling 'em if only the unrighteous would pay attention and stop channel surfing.

    I suspect Sunday mornings on T.V. are well "versed" also.

    May 9, 2014 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  10. pat carr

    "Religious intolerance" – LOL.

    How intolerant has religion been? especially christianity? i've never seen a bigger set of whiners ever. Been dishing it out for centuries and now whine because they can't continue to persecute gay people. Terrible hypocrites. Hey Jindal, ever hear the phrase "what comes around...goes around.....?"

    May 9, 2014 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    @it must be said: "The far left Democrat Party has perverted and twisted our freedom OF relligion to freedom FROM religion. They hate religion, until they can use it to further one of their causes, then they will use it. But after that, they will continue their attack on it. The far left is NOT tolerant of ANYTHING that threatens its supremacy, which religion does. Why do you think communist countries suppress and oppress relgiion?"

    The U.S. suppresses religion? Bwah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah ! Typical of people of your ilk, you think that if everyone doesn't share the narrow definition of your faith, you are somehow "threatened."

    Pop quiz: Who said the following? (Hint: Lynn Cheney has a crush on him)

    “The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries."
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    James Madison (from his letter objecting to the use of government land for churches, dated1803).

    May 9, 2014 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    @it must be said: "The far left Democrat Party has perverted and twisted our freedom OF relligion to freedom FROM religion. They hate religion, until they can use it to further one of their causes, then they will use it. But after that, they will continue their attack on it. The far left is NOT tolerant of ANYTHING that threatens its supremacy, which religion does. Why do you think communist countries suppress and oppress relgiion?"

    Pop quiz: Who said the following? (Hint: tea baggers love him)

    ““One good schoolmaster is of more use than a hundred priests.”

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    Thomas Paine, the Age of Reason

    May 9, 2014 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    @it must be said: "The far left Democrat Party has perverted and twisted our freedom OF relligion to freedom FROM religion. They hate religion, until they can use it to further one of their causes, then they will use it. But after that, they will continue their attack on it. The far left is NOT tolerant of ANYTHING that threatens its supremacy, which religion does. Why do you think communist countries suppress and oppress relgiion?"

    Pop quiz: Who said the following? (Hint: tea baggers revere him)

    “The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.”
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    George Washington

    May 9, 2014 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  14. Scott

    Traffic was lousy this morning, I spilled a little coffee on my shirt, my allergies are killing me, and it's all Obama's fault!!

    May 9, 2014 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "As Sniffit posted elsewhere, the EFFECTIVE corporate tax rate in the U.S. is lower."

    To be fair, I said almost identical. I believe the US was only about 0.5% higher or maybe a little less. The overarching points tho, are that (a) citing the nominal tax rate instead of the effective tax rate is deliberately misleading and (b) since the effective tax rates are almost identical, what it reveals is that the real reason companies move their business to Mexico (or other countries...like Indonesia, which actually has a higher effective tax rate and yet how much of our crap is made there?) is because THEY CAN PAY SLAVE WAGES compared to what they'd have to pay in the US. That's the REAL reason they ship our jobs to the other side of the planet, not taxes. The obvious and clear implication is that "if you want your jobs to come back to Amurika, then the Amurikan labor force is going to have to accept slave wages." This is why they hate the minimum wage, other labor laws and unionization. As it is, they have to ship everything to get it back to Amurika if they make it all in China, so you have to add in that expense too. They'd love to have slave labor here and not have to ship it.

    May 9, 2014 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  16. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Where is HIS birth certificate, eh, righties?

    May 9, 2014 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  17. 2_indy1600

    Wow, really hit a nerve with the CONFORM mantra. Unfortunately, it's true. You guys are making republicans look more tolerant than they are with your hysterical whining about anything God says in holy scripture regarding natural order. But hey, whatever floats your boat. It's God you defy, not man.
    BENGHAZI, CONFORM! IRS, CONFORM! VETERAN'S AFFAIRS, CONFORM, OBAMACARE, CONFORM! i COULD GO ON,

    May 9, 2014 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  18. 21st Century Patriot

    Jindal and the rest of the RWNJ's need to stop this automatic assumption that religion and Christianity means anti-gay. I was a member of a Christian church that embraced many gay members, as well as having an associate pastor for a few years who was openly gay. "Christian" does not mean "conservative"... true Christian values resemble nothing I see coming from the right.

    May 9, 2014 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    It seems that not wanting to turn our secular government into a theocracy is purposely being mischaracterized by those on the right as "religious intolerance." Don't be fooled by it, folks. They're conflating two separate issues into one.

    May 9, 2014 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  20. Malory Archer

    Isn't it ironic that the very people who are clutching their pearls and falling onto their fainting couches over HGTV's removal of this show from their network are the same people who clutched their pearls and fell onto their fainting couches DEMANDING that MSNBC fire Martin Bashir (which they did) for calling out dim bulb barbie on her ignorant as H E L L comments about slavery? Or would the correct term be "hypocritical"?

    May 9, 2014 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  21. 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".

    May 9, 2014 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  22. SGT Rock101

    (Yawn) I hope Jindal gets the nod in 2016. Insures a democrat victory and probably a landslide.

    May 9, 2014 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  23. LunaGroper

    Love these inflammatory tokens of the GOP–must be so weird for the racist Repubs to have to nod their hollow heads in agreement with this non-white.

    May 9, 2014 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  24. Robert

    There are lots of people of faith that are just fine with gay people. There are many gays who believe in God and attend church. These people, Jindal and the Benhams and their ilk, do not speak for all Christians. Also many gays I know are avid viewers of HGTV. The network probably knows the Benham's views would offend some of their viewing demographic and made the choice not to continue. It is their right as a business to choose what kind of programming to offer based on their viewers. The Benhams are still free to practice their faith openly and they are still free to give sermons about it. They are still free to go on flipping houses. So how have they been bullied? There is no gay agenda. There is an American agenda.

    May 9, 2014 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    Speaking of comparing the LGBT community to Nazis: Louie "Howler Monkey" Gomhert did precisely that on the floor of the House today. This was after he was done grilling a Comcast executive with questions that accused Comcast of trying to keep Glenn Beck off the air in favor of promoting Sharia Law through Al Jazeera. The tinfoil hatted conspiracy-laden paranoid delusion bubble Gomhert lives in must be a scary scary place. he problem is, he's not alone and he fact that soooo many of the GOP/Teatrolls "think" exactly like him makes reality a very scary place too.

    May 9, 2014 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
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