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By Robert Mann

I once argued that Gov. Bobby Jindal’s participation in an exorcism would prove deadly to his national political ambitions. I still believe that to be the case, and it may well be the reason that Mitt Romney passed over Jindal in favor of Rep. Paul Ryan in 2012.

But I believe there is another, more powerful reason, Jindal will never be president.

He’s a bigot.

There’s really no other way to view someone who goes out of his way to endorse and defend the abhorrent views of a bigoted homophobe like Phil Robertson of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty.”

Robertson, as everyone surely knows by now, spewed some awful things about gays in an interview with GQ. (In that interview, he also denied the Jim Crow era.)

It wasn’t the first time Robertson had made hateful, bigoted remarks about gays and lesbians.

In 2010, he said that gays are “ruthless,” “full of murder,” “arrogant” and tend to “invent ways of doing evil.” Just last week, after A&E suspended him from the show, Robertson told members of his West Monroe, La., church:  “Jesus will take sins away. If you’re a homosexual, he’ll take it away. If you’re an adulterer, if you’re a liar, what’s the difference?”

So, with all that background surely in his mind, Jindal re-entered the fray late on Friday afternoon. Shortly after the network announced it was bowing to pressure from the bigoted Right and restoring Robertson to the show, Jindal tweeted: “I’m glad to hear that A&E came to its senses & recognized that tolerance of religious views is more important than political correctness.”

There’s nothing really clever or original about the tweet. It’s the kind of pandering to intolerant haters that an intern could have written for him.

But it is a remarkable statement, nonetheless, for what it reveals about Bobby Jindal.

A bigot sees comparing homosexuality to “bestiality” as a “religious view.”

A bigot views condemning such vile, hateful words as “political correctness.”

Bobby Jindal, like Phil Robertson, is a bigot.

As I wrote in an earlier post:

Maybe it’s time to start condemning those who use the Bible as a cloak for their bigoted, hateful views.

Personally, I don’t care what the Bible says about homosexuality — any more than I care what it says about slavery or the treatment of women or the stoning of disobedient children. Indeed, the jury is out on whether homosexuality is really regarded as a sin by the very flawed 1st Century people who wrote the Bible.

But I’m no longer willing to give bigoted Bible thumpers a pass when they use the Bible as a tool to incite hatred and fear and division.

If you want to be a bigot and make bigoted statements, you have that right. But for God’s sake — For. God’s. Sake. — quit misappropriating the Bible to do it.

If you want to smear gay citizens as deviants and compare them to people who have sex with animals, then have the courage to own your bigotry.

Quit hiding behind the Bible.

The next presidential nominee of the Republican Party will be a very conservative, tax-cutting, abortion-hating, global-warming denying white male. That person, however, will not be a bigot who vehemently endorses the hateful speech of other bigots.

That person will not be Bobby Jindal.

If he really wants to be president, it’s time for Jindal to perform another exorcism.

This time, he needs to banish the ugly, nasty bigotry that he, himself, has embraced.