The New York Times just published an op-ed by Gov. Bobby Jindal that is ugly, anti-business, anti-gay, and violates the principles of the First Amendment.
When it comes to defending big business over the rights of the average citizen, Bobby Jindal is your guy. After the BP oil spillÂ â€“ which began five years ago this week, dumping hundreds of millions of gallons of oil into the GulfÂ â€“ Bobby Jindal was front and center, defending BP.
But now that he’s running for PresidentÂ â€“ unannounced as of nowÂ â€“ Jindal is working to shape his image as the defender of religious liberty and freedom, for Christians.Â
Literally, for Christians.
The New York Times this morning published what appears to be an un-fact checked op-ed by the Louisiana Governor, in which he specifically states his plan to fight “discrimination against Christian individuals and businesses.”
Not, say, “people of faith,” or, “those with deeply held religious beliefs,” but “ChristianÂ individuals and businesses.”
Hopefully Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the ACLU,Â the American Humanist Association, and other like-minded organizations are at their keyboards reminding the 43-year old Roman Catholic Republican about the First Amendment.
So why exactly is Jindal preparing to defend these Christians (and not Muslims, Jews, or people of unaffiliated faithÂ â€“ or of no faith at all)?
“Iâ€™m Holding Firm Against Gay Marriage” is the title of his Times op-ed.
“I plan in this legislative session to fight for passage of theÂ Marriage and Conscience Act,” Jindal writes. When he made the same statement in front of the Louisiana legislature last week, it received not a single moment of applause. Even the bill’s author wasn’t clapping.
That bill is so anti-gay, so sweeping, it states that no one and no business or organization in Louisiana has to recognize the legal marriage of a same-sex couple.
Your employer doesn’t have to extend medical coverage to your spouse. The DMV could state your legal name, had you changed it after marrying a person of the same gender, is invalid (as happened in Florida), and hospitals might be able to deny visitation and medical decision rights from you or your husband or wife.
Louisiana already has a Religious Freedom Restoration Act, but Gov. Jindal is planning a run for president, and he needs to distinguish himself from the rest of the pack.
Indiana and Arkansas saw business leaders enter the conversation over anti-gay discrimination, and they were largely the ones who successfully brought change to the hugely discriminatory bills in those states.Â
Bobby Jindal has a few thoughts about that, too.
“As the fight for religious liberty moves to Louisiana, I have a clear message for any corporation that contemplates bullying our state: Save your breath.”
“Save your breath.”
Remember, when fighting for the right of Christians to discriminate against gay people, that’s “religious liberty.” When fighting for the rights of gay people to be treated equally, that’s “bullying.”
Bobby Jindal once told the GOP toÂ “stop being the stupid party.”
Now he’s racing to be the head of it.
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Matt Gaetz Just Compared Child Sex Trafficking Allegations to a Parliamentary Debate on Earmarks: Report
Embattled Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) addressed the Ohio Political Summit in Strongsville on Saturday.
NBC News correspondent Henry Gomez reported from the event, noting “a bunch of Senate and gov candidates have backed out of the event.”
Gomez reported Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), “was supposed to speak at this event this afternoon but she’s nowhere to be found. Organizer won’t answer questions about if she’s still speaking and just pulled a candidate from a different congressional district on stage to fill the time.”
When Gaetz took the stage, he reportedly addressed the allegations against him.
“I’m being falsely accused of exchanging money for naughty favors. Yet, Congress has reinstituted a process that legalizes the corrupt act of exchanging money for favors, through earmarks,” Gaetz said.
Gaetz: “I’m being falsely accused of exchanging money for naughty favors. Yet, Congress has reinstituted a process that legalizes the corrupt act of exchanging money for favors, through earmarks.”
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“A Channel 2 Action News investigation has found that Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and her husband have two active homestead exemptions, which is against Georgia law. A homestead exemption is a big tax break any Georgia homeowner is entitled to for their primary residence. It is against the law to file for more than one,” WSB-TV reported Friday.
“But Channel 2 investigative reporter Justin Gray pulled records showing that the Greenes are getting the tax break on two different homes in two different counties,” the network reported.
WSB-TV had a fascinating interaction when it called the controversial Republican’s office.
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One of the reporters who broke the bombshell Daily Beast report on Matt Gaetz doing cocaine with an escort who had a no-show state job said the story is just the first in many to come.
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes interviewed Jose Pagliery on Friday about the report.
Exclusive: US Congressman Matt Gaetz snorted cocaine at a GOP fundraiser after-party… with an escort.
His donors footed the bill, because the hotel was a campaign expense.
The woman landed a taxpayer-funded job… where no one saw her work.https://t.co/uGIqQhALAj
— 𝙅𝙤𝙨𝙚 𝙋𝙖𝙜𝙡𝙞𝙚𝙧𝙮 (@Jose_Pagliery) May 14, 2021
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“This was an afterparty, we have identified at least half a dozen people who were there and saw this take place,” Pagliery said. “The reason that we decided to break this news and start with this one is that there are lots of other parties like this. There are more young women, more locations and more actions and bad behavior on the part of Gaetz and Greenberg that we’re going to be exposing.”
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