Bobby Jindal: If I Can’t Discriminate Against Gays Then No One Has Freedom

Bobby Jindal, arguably one of the most insane right-wing religious kooks serving in government (he might have surpassed Rick Santorum), just wrote a blistering op-ed in the New York Times of near epic proportions of stupidity taking a stance against same-sex marriage.

Titled ‘Bobby Jindal: I’m Holding Firm Against Gay Marriage,’ the Republican from Louisiana cemented his religious convictions by blaming everything on radical Hollywood liberals and activist judges while painting himself as the populist of social conservatism, saying:

If we, as conservatives, are to succeed in advancing the cause of freedom and free enterprise, the business community must stand shoulder to shoulder with those fighting for religious liberty. The left-wing ideologues who oppose religious freedom are the same ones who seek to tax and regulate businesses out of existence. The same people who think that profit making is vulgar believe that religiosity is folly. The fight against this misguided, government-dictating ideology is one fight, not two. Conservative leaders cannot sit idly by and allow large corporations to rip our coalition in half.

The governor lambasted corporations he feels have caved “under pressure” from “radical liberals” and asks them to join him in uniting together to stop marriage equality and non-discrimination. Why am I not surprised a Republican would try to use corporate conglomerates in his fight against equality? Apparently, if the corporations aren’t on your side (because being anti-gay is actually bad for business), the media elite is to blame:

Conservatism faces many challenges in today’s America. Hollywood and the media elite are hostile to our values and they tip the scales to our liberal opponents at every opportunity. Yet the left has lost repeatedly in state elections all over America.

Jindal asserts that (instead of focusing on the 19% poverty rate and the uninsured rate of 17%) he will spend the next legislative session in Louisiana to pass a law aimed at the conscience of marriage:

However, given the changing positions of politicians, judges and the public in favor of same-sex marriage, along with the potential for discrimination against Christian individuals and businesses that comes with these shifts, I plan in this legislative session to fight for passage of the Marriage and Conscience Act.

The legislation would prohibit the state from denying a person, company or nonprofit group a license, accreditation, employment or contract — or taking other “adverse action” — based on the person or entity’s religious views on the institution of marriage.

But don’t worry, guys. Jindal says this bill will not discriminate. The bill will only protect those who choose to discriminate. In the eyes of Jindal, there’s a huge difference. Mr. Jindal closed with a rather dumb ultimatum to his readers: either join me in discrimination, or flush freedom down the toilet:

Liberals have decided that if they can’t win at the ballot box, they will win in the boardroom. It’s a deliberate strategy. And it’s time for corporate America to make a decision.

Those who believe in freedom must stick together: If it’s not freedom for all, it’s not freedom at all. This strategy requires populist social conservatives to ally with the business community on economic matters and corporate titans to side with social conservatives on cultural matters. This is the grand bargain that makes freedom’s defense possible.

Reading this Bobby Jindal op-ed is offensive. He says if he doesn’t have the freedom to discriminate against gays – then no one has freedom. Jindal blames everyone, from the “media elite” to “radical Hollywood liberals,” for America’s changing evolving views on same-sex marriage. Yet, he can’t see that it is precisely this rhetoric that is causing people and corporations to evolve in support of same-sex marriage. A poll from the Washington Post shows that support for gay marriage is at, again, an all time high, with 61% of Americans in favor.

The more these social conservatives like Bobby Jindal push these “religious freedom” bills and anti-marriage stances the more the public is going to fight back and the sooner they will be out of office. It’s their own foot they’re shooting.

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