Let me get this straight: When Sen. Mary Landrieu made the blindly obvious point that the South hasn’t always been friendly to black people, Gov. Bobby Jindal and his ilk went berserk. They almost soiled themselves in outrage over what they said was a gross indictment of Louisiana as a racist state.
Landrieu’s remarks, Jindal tweeted on Oct. 30, were “remarkably divisive. She appears to be living in a different century.” Minutes later, Jindal added in another tweet, “That is a major insult by Senator Landrieu to the people of Louisiana and I flatly reject it.”
So, we get it. Bobby Jindal loves Louisiana and its good, decent people. Don’t say anything that suggests otherwise or you’ll incur his legendary Don Knottsian wrath.
And, yet, when Jindal hitches up with a Christian wacko group — the Mississippi-based American Family Association (AFA) — to hold a January prayer rally at LSU, no one on the right questions whether Jindal should be in cahoots with a group that blames the deaths of Hurricane Katrina on gays.
As Julia O’Donoghue reported in the Times-Picayune | NOLA.com on Monday,
The AFA implied — in a prayer guide originally distributed in connection with Jindal’s January rally — that there is a direct link between the rising approval of same-sex marriage and abortion in the United States and events like Hurricane Katrina.
“We have watched sin escalate to a proportion the nation has never seen before. We live in the first generation in which the wholesale murder of infants through abortion is not only accepted but protected by law. Homosexuality has been embraced as an alternative lifestyle. Same-sex marriage is legal in six states and Washington, D.C. Pornography is available on-demand through the internet. Biblical signs of apostasy are before our very eyes. While the United States still claims to be a nation ‘under God’ it is obvious that we have greatly strayed from our foundations in Christianity.
“This year we have seen a dramatic increase in tornadoes that have taken the lives of many and crippled entire cities, such as Tuscaloosa, AL & Joplin, MO. And let us not forget that we are only six years from the tragic events of hurricane Katrina, which rendered the entire Gulf Coast powerless.”
Landrieu simply notes the undisputed facts of slavery and Jim Crow, and she’s an odious race baiter. Jindal’s prayer partners imply that more that 1,500 people — including, I presume, those poor, elderly people who died in a nursing home — were killed by God because of his wrath at the gays? Well, that’s irrelevant, Jindal’s press secretary says, because . . . prayer.
“I haven’t looked at their website, so you will need to talk to them about it,” Shannon Bates, Jindal’s deputy communications manager, blithely told NOLA.com in a written statement. “What we do know . . . our nation is facing serious issues, but God is real, He is powerful, and He answers prayer. That is why we are asking people to come to Baton Rouge, Louisiana on January 24th and pray for revival.”
Now, I don’t know if Jindal blames Katrina and its death and destruction on gay marriage and abortion. But I do know this: He has become partners with a group that has been suggesting just that for several years. Jindal has linked up a bunch of nasty Westboro Baptist Church wannabees.
He’s invited them to desecrate LSU with their so-called “prayers” for our nation. So, who is the one living in a “different century”?
Those who suggest Louisiana deserved Katrina because its tolerance toward gays are the people Jindal wants to hold hands with as he prays. And Jindal is outraged about Landrieu’s mild and very accurate observations about racism?
Jindal argues that Mary Landrieu insulted Louisiana’s people when his new prayer buddies are busy portraying the Bayou State as a place whose “sins” brought down the wrath of a vengeful, murderous diety.
God save us all.