Jindal headlines all-day prayer rally in Baton Rouge

25 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Gov. Jindal headlines all-day prayer rally as he seeks support from Christian conservatives.

BATON ROUGE, La. Speaking to thousands of Christians gathered at an all-day prayer rally in Louisiana on Saturday, Governor Bobby Jindal said his own religious awakening was inspired by a bible-thumping best friend, a death in the family and a crush on a pretty girl who said she wanted to become a supreme court justice in order to overturn Roe v Wade.

It was Jindal’s second appearance at the rally, which was hosted at the Louisiana State University basketball arena by the American Family Association (AFA), which due to its stances on homosexuality and non-Christian faiths is classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Holding his Bible, the two-term Republican governor opened the event by urging a spiritual revival to “begin right here, right here in our hearts.” He was scheduled to speak again later Saturday afternoon. In a 15-minute speech Jindal, a prospective candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, said: “We can’t just elect a candidate to fix what ails our country.

And the event comes as Jindal has held meetings with pastors in the key presidential campaign states of Iowa and New Hampshire and spoken at gatherings of faith leaders and conservative activists in several states, trying to gain traction among a crowded field of potential candidates in the hunt for the 2016 GOP nomination. While people sang, raised their hands in prayer and gave their personal testimonies inside the arena, hundreds more protested the event outside early in the day. “Today is about humbling ourselves before the Lord. But when the marchers merged into the prayer rally, the Catholic organizations weren’t following them, said Robert Tasman, executive director of the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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