5 faith facts about Bobby Jindal: An ‘evangelical Catholic’

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Louisiana Governor and potential Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal addresses a legislative luncheon held as part of the "Road to Majority" conference in Washington on June 19, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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Louisiana Governor and potential Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal addresses a legislative luncheon held as part of the "Road to Majority" conference in Washington on June 19, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Carlos Barria *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-JINDAL-FAITH, originally transmitted on June 24, 2015.

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(RNS) Last in the polls, the Louisiana governor has one of the more intriguing religious backgrounds among all the contenders. Here are five faith facts about the newest Republican candidate.

  • Thomas Ryscavage M.D.

    There are few politicians whom I respect but Governor Jindal is one that I do. Our only purpose in life is love and service.

  • Jack

    “If Christianity is merely one of many equally valid religions, then the sacrifices I made, including the loss of my family’s peace, were senseless.”

    These may be the only true, sane words Jindal has ever spoken. Hindu’s have FAR less divorce, adultery and sexual immorality than born-againers. He dumbed himself down to get elected by uneducated bigots, plain and simple.

  • Larry

    Jindal also whitewashed his own official portrait. The guy panders to the most ridiculous, cretinous parts of his electorate. He has no concept of religious freedom. Plus various gaffes on a national scale make his ability to survive the primary next to nil.

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  • Katelyn

    A person using the name Jerry has regularly been posting rude, insulting, and sexist comments on RNS articles. Most of his comments are being removed and/or have been cited as abusive. If you see more of his comments in the same vein, I encourage you to click the report abuse link. I doubt that Jerry has the fortitude to make a real apology or to change his ways.

  • Terry

    Aren’t you the guy known as “Dr. Miscarriage”?

  • Greg1

    Yes, but Louisiana is a very Catholic state. He fits right in, and has been a good governor.

  • bqrq

    By contemporary liberal standards, Bobby Jindal would be considered a bigot because he does not support gay marriage. All of the Republican candidates would likewise be considered bigots. All of the democrat candidates are aggressively pushing gay marriage but they continue to refuse to explain how and why gay sex is morally righteous. Liberals prefer to ignore the obvious harm caused by gay sex.

  • Larry

    That is a very insulting way to refer to the people of Louisiana. You are saying they are a state of brainless racist religious fanatic cretins as a whole.

  • Larry

    Social conservatives are bigots. It’s like saying water is wet. They rely on demonizing “others”.

    Obviously gay relations has caused your brain to be addled with obsession. So there is some harm there. Just not harm which can be prevented. Crazy obsessives are going to latch on to something. There is little people could do to prevent someone like you. 🙂

  • Greg1

    Hey even the counties are called “parishes.” You’d love it there Larry!

  • Larry

    Again, you are doing the people of the state a disservice.

    The state is only 30% Catholic nowadays. Less Catholic than Massachusetts. As a former French colony (a nation which was officially Catholic politically) and a state which was barely integrated into the Union culturally. Hence the use of church terms for political subdivisions.

    Btw Catholicism does not accept creationism, but Jindal does. Because Jindal is a pandering cretin who will adopt anything which gets him votes in the rich white suburbs and rural areas.

  • bqrq

    Bobby Jindal and other Republicans offer us great hope for pushing back against the evil demonic forces that are debasing and slowly destroying Western civilization.

  • Greg1

    Larry, the Catholic Church does not tell Catholics how to believe regarding the beginnings of our world/man. They are bound only to three principles:
    1) God created everything out of nothing (let there be light: big bang?)
    2) At one point (if you believe in evolution) God infused the bodies of 1 man, and one woman with immortal souls (he breathed into his face, the breath of life)
    3) All humankind descended from that one man, and one woman (science of DNA has confirmed this).
    Catholics can believe in Creation, or Evolution, or any other theory, as long as they hold to these three principles.

  • larry

    Wrong. They are quite clear on the subject,
    Catechism of the Catholic Church (#337), the book of Genesis symbolically presents God’s work of creation.

    Tthe Biblical story of creation is like a parable in that the plot does not have to be literally true in order for the story to convey religious truths.

    Creationism is essentially fundamentalist Christians lying about their reliance on faith and pretending it is unnecessary for belief. It is poor religion and anti-science

    “(science of DNA has confirmed this).”
    No it hasn’t. Not even by a long shot. We can add biology to the list of subjects you feel the need to chime in on, but are totally ignorant of.

  • Doc Anthony

    Bobby Jindal would make an excellent President. Period.

  • Anonymous

    How ignorant can you be. Divorce in India or hindus is not very often as educated and uneducated women continue to suffer in silence. Indians live in chauvinistic world where men are immortalised for no apart reasons in spite of all and every atrocity committed as Hindu religion states, “husband is God”(Pathi parmeshwar)
    No Adultry, sexual abuse, rape seriously do you even read the newspapers in India or have any awareness at all ??????

  • Be Brave

    Jesus would have been attacked by the “progressive Democrats” if He dared walk near them. Strike that, He would have suffered the same end.

  • Greg1

    I’m happy you are reading the Catechism, Larry. Just when I was losing hope, you surprise me. If you continue to read, you will see that the Catechism is specifically vague, because we do not know how the whole thing began, no scientist, nor theologian, has that answer. Even the Book of Genesis is vague (there are two stories of creation). So you are correct that the Catholic Church understands Genesis as symbolic in many ways, but the degree of symbolism, is one’s own choice. #338 “Nothing exists that does not owe its existence to God the Creator. The world began when God’s word drew it out of nothingness; all existent beings, all of nature, and all human history are rooted in this primordial event, the very genesis by which the world was constituted and time begun”

  • Lawrence Giroux

    Larry, are you aware of the objective fact that saying, “Social conservatives are bigots…” reveals that you are a bigot? Talk about “demonizing”.

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  • Larry

    Greg1, Catholic Schools DO NOT TEACH CREATIONISM. They do not consider it part of their religious beliefs nor carry the dishonest pretense it has anything to do with science. Whatever you thought was their take on the subject is not even close to demonstrated in how they act. John Paul II put that one to rest years ago with his speech titled, “Truth cannot displace Truth”. Its available online.

    We can add Catholic dogma to the list of things you spout off on but are ignorant of.

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  • Larry

    Not one bit. Social conservatives engage in the rhetoric of demonizing various groups: immigrants, the poor, religious minorities, ethnic minorities, gays, women. Its part and parcel with reactionary social agendas. It requires an outside party to fear and hate.

  • TheresaEH

    I saw him on an episode of Duck Dynasty, and he was praying with Phil and the rest of Duck crew, he impressed me then. Now I find out he is a true Catholic, , if I was able to I would vote for him in a NY minute. If he runs for president, I am sure the Phil and his family will be behind him.

  • Michael

    Bobby Jindal was a Rhodes Scholar. That means he is a member or a puppet of the Illuminati .A Catholic that knows the True Faith cannot vote for him…

  • Fran

    Jesus was mostly attacked by the religious leaders of his day, the Scribes and Pharisees, who overstepped the commandments of God because of their traditions (Matthew 15:1-20). He referred to them as hypocrites.

    For example, they questioned Jesus’ disciples about Jesus eating with tax collectors and sinners. He answered them by saying “Those who are strong do not need a physician, but those who are ill do. I came to call, not righteous people, but sinners” (Mark 2:16-17).

    They ended up having Jesus put to death (John 19:14-16).

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  • Wanda

    There are few things more of a turn off than a smug, so-called “journalist” who starts his articles with sneering, poorly disguised sarcasm that he clearly thinks is clever as all get out, that belies his attitude. Don’t know who wrote this “article”, don’t care. It is beyond unprofessional. Of course, considering what we’ve been forced to put up with lately, can we expect more? Not even worth sharing.

  • Greg1

    Larry, I am very happy that you are studying Catholic Teaching, but you could not be any more wrong about this topic. The way it goes in the Church over the past 2000 years, is that once the Church regards a teaching as worthy of belief, it will never change that, but only expand on it. The early Church had many ways of understanding the first 13 Chapters of Genesis: some of the Fathers regarded it as figurative periods of time, while others believed in a 6 literal days of creation. So both are acceptable. The Catechism is not going to dismiss a theory that cannot be proven either way. In 1950 Pope Pius XII issued the encyclical Humani Generis, which states the following: “the present state of human sciences and sacred theology, research and discussions…in both fields, take place with regard to the doctrine of evolution… this must be done in such a way that the reasons for both opinions, that is, those favorable and those unfavorable to evolution…be weighed and judged…”

  • larry

    Greg1, no Catholic School teaches creationism. That tells you that they do not consider it a part of their beliefs.

    John Paul II disavowed Creationism as one of his predecessors, Paul V. Whatever you think they accept on the subject is dead stinking wrong. The official line is 1) evolution does not address the soul or anything relating to the divine. 2) As it is the universally accepted scientific theory on the subject of biological diversity, it is a truth which is not displaced by any kind of “Biblical thinking”. Both 1 & 2 are accepted without contradiction. There is no room for creationism there as it denies the scientific truth.

    “The early Church…” at a time when there was no concept of the scientific method would have no relevance to the topic.

  • larry

    I confidently predict Bobby Jindahl will the President of the United States. Tonight, in fact. In his dreams.

  • Manus

    Really?. Go to India where true Hindu Indians (not Americanized Indians) live. See the depth of human filthiness among them-unparalleled. You need an education.

  • Greg1

    Larry, this discussion has drifted from its initial objective, and that being the Catholic Church does not take an official position on the creation of the world, because nobody can definitively state how that happened. But more to the point, the Church allows you to understand it any way you want. If you wish to believe in creation as a simple act of God, then you can. I myself do not believe in that, but it is not for me to tell a person who’s faith has led him/her there that they cannot believe in it. The main thing is that Catholics believe that God created everything out of nothing (whether it be creation, or a big bang), that at one point he infused one man, and one woman, with immortal souls (hence Adam, Eve), and that the entire human race has since descended from those two (and indeed that has been proven by science, called the Eve Gene). Catholic schools try to present the Faith, coupled with the latest science (Faith & Reason).

  • in rape and sexual abuse statistics america tops than india, and hindus are most educated persons than christian worldwide(see religion statistics ). in india divorce rate is low cause people here workout for their relationship,they dont run away unlike americans. Seems like you are consuming too much church filthy stuffs. true christian american’s filthiness is more advanced than anybody on this earth..

  • Larry

    Well when you insist on supporting an obvious fiction, it will get resistance. But then again lying comes second nature to Creationists and their supporters. The entire intention of the idea is to lie about the necessity of faith for belief.

    Btw “Eve Gene” aka Mitochondrial Eve has nothing to do with the Biblical Eve in any conceivable fashion. You really should at least attempt to inform yourself on the subjects you invoke.

    ” that the entire human race has since descended from those two”

    No they don’t. Not in a literal sense. You keep repeating a lie as if it would suddenly become true. They disavowed such notions years ago.

    “Catholic schools try to present the Faith, coupled with the latest science”

    Which is why they don’t touch creationism. Creationism attacks both faith and science. Jindal in his support of creationism is showing preference to the Protestant electorate over his newfound faith.

  • dcmaccabees

    And that, class, is what’s known as an ad hominem

  • Greg1

    Mitochondrial Eve has everything to do with it. We all descended from that one woman. The man’s DNA is not traceable, but the woman’s is. So as far back as Science can trace, it supports the Church’s position, otherwise, we would have multiple “Eve’s” in our genetics; however, we do not.

  • Jack

    No, it’s not, dummy. It would only have been if he stated a conclusion based on it.

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  • dcmaccabees

    “responding to arguments by attacking a person’s character, rather than to the content of their arguments”… Pretty much the textbook definition, Jack. Thanks for playing though!

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  • Riya

    Well, Bible clearly says Adultery,Divorce is wrong.If only more Christians really practiced it.
    If you know something is a sin and still do it, you are bringing down yourself and sadly, the religion you belong to and the many others who are faithful to doing the right thing.
    Typical Hindus outside of India may look virtuous.But they are xenophobic,hence ghettoise themselves,secretly have a low opinion of non-Hindu things and have a superiority complex.Why else do you think Jindal’s parents still have an issue?
    The innumerable social and religious evil Hinduism has done to India needs to be seen to be believed.

  • Harris

    At times I wonder what’s worse; 1) racism, 2 religionism or 3) natiotionalism… They all the same, they have caused grief, suffering and deaths, and pehaps the later one more than the former ones. I hope one day world becomes “ONE” in a true sense through real cultural education.

  • BJ

    I wish there will come a time when a presidential candidate, particularly Republican, does not have to be or pretend to be religious (only Christians need apply).