Watch Bobby Jindal speak at his prayer rally live

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. Outside LSU’s Pete Maravich Assembly Center, about 400 LSU students, faculty and others peacefully demonstrated, calling for equality for gays and lesbians, an end to education funding cuts, and unity among the races and religions.

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.

Despite the controversy and concern it spawned in the weeks leading up to Jindal’s much-discussed prayer rally, those who attended said they left the event feeling uplifted. Dressed in a blue button-down shirt, jeans, cowboy boots and a blazer with no tie, Jindal spent about 15 minutes telling the crowd how he became a Christian while a teenager living in Baton Rouge.

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. He said he felt like it finally hit him at a chapel on LSU’s campus 27 years ago when he watched a black and white film on Jesus’s crucifixion. “God chose that moment to hit me harder than I’ve ever been hit before,” he said. It’s a story he’s told before, but the crowd seemed responsive and clapped, though many had already filtered out of the PMAC before Jindal’s testimonial. Critics had accused him of putting on a political show, just days after his supporters launched a political action committee that would set up a financial framework if he decides to seek the GOP nomination. About 900 miles north, in Des Moines, Iowa, Republicans were being sized up for 2016 consideration at the Iowa Freedom Summit, seen as a conservative precursor to the Iowa caucuses early next year.

According to emails obtained by The Advocate through a public records request, Jindal’s political allies had estimated as many as 10,000 attendees at his event.

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