Recently, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announced plans to speak at an event called “The Response”, to be held on the campus of Louisiana State University. The Response is organized by a group called the American Family Association. Jindal, a Roman Catholic, says this event is about prayer and faith, not politics: “Let’s be clear about what this is. This is an opportunity for people across denominational lines to come together to pray. It’s not a political event, it’s a religious event.” Governor Jindal may be attending for religious reasons, but The Response is very much a political event.
The organizers put out an eight page Prayer Guide published by the New Orleans Times-Picayune. On the second page, the Prayer Guide discusses the locust plague that struck ancient Israel. Then the subject quickly changes from the theological to the political.
“In America today we face a similar crisis…the wholesale murder of infants through abortion is not only accepted but protected by law. Homosexuality has been embraced as an alternative lifestyle. Same sex marriage is legal in six states and Washington DC. Pornography is available on-demand through the internet. Biblical signs of apostasy are before our very eyes…This year we have seen a dramatic increase in tornadoes that have taken the lives of many and crippled entire cities, such as Tuscaloosa, AL & Joplin, MO. And let us not forget that we are only six years from the tragic events of hurricane Katrina.” The guide clearly draws a direct link between homosexuality and abortion and natural disasters.
These views are well outside the mainstream of American society and it is understandable that many are concerned about the group’s influence.
If Bobby Jindal needs a talking point for a presidential run, he can boast about his economic ideas or his strong record of being an advocate expanding education for low income Louisianans. He does not need to associate with a group like the AFA, nor should he. The views espoused by the American Family Association are not representative of the American people, Republican Party, or the Conservative Movement. While they have every right to have those views and to express them publically, elected officials should be hesitant to work with them.