Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal recently used an evangelical Christian prayer rally as an opportunity to pander to the Religious Right ahead of a possible presidential bid.
The Jan. 24 event, called “The Response-Louisiana,” generated quite a bit of controversy from the start because Jindal used official state letterhead to invite residents to the fundamentalist confab. In December, Americans United wrote to Jindal, asking him to distance himself from the event that, in Jindal’s own words, promoted the idea that “Jesus Christ, Son of God and the Lord of Life, is America’s only hope.”
The recent suspension of a public school principal after a flap over a school-sponsored Christmas play sparked a 200-person rally in a small Louisiana town.
Kendria Sanders, principal of Goldonna Elementary-Junior High in Natchitoches Parish, was suspended for 10 days following a complaint concerning the school’s Christmas play.
The holiday pageant featured student-led prayer, religious songs and a student portraying Jesus hanging on a cross.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has a long history of exploiting religious faith for personal political gain, and it seems he did so once again last week at an evangelical Christian prayer rally.
The event, called “The Response-Louisiana,” generated quite a bit of controversy from the start because Jindal used official state letterhead to invite residents to the fundamentalist confab.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today told Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to end his sponsorship and endorsement of an evangelistic Christian rally, saying his behavior is inappropriate and possibly illegal.
Jindal used official state letterhead to invite residents to “The Response-Louisiana,” a fundamentalist Christian event that, in Jindal’s words, promotes the idea that “Jesus Christ, Son of God and the Lord of Life, is America’s only hope.”
A Louisiana sheriff is staging a July 4 rally to challenge the separation of church and state. The second annual “In God We Trust” rally is intended to celebrate the nation’s Christian heritage, according to Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington.
“Anecdata” is a relatively new term. It doesn’t have a formal definition yet, but it is a word for the erroneous treatment of anecdotal evidence as hard fact.
It seems some voucher advocates are big fans of anecdata, particularly a columnist for the New Orleans Times-Picayune named James Varney. He is an unapologetic shill for the “school choice” syndicate, singing the praises of Louisiana’s “Scholarship Program” in his work.
Louisiana is not exactly the poster child for the separation of church and state.
There have been persistent problems in the state, stretching back several decades. Louisiana, you will recall, passed the “balanced treatment” act mandating that public school teach creationism alongside evolution. It was invalidated by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1987.
Creationism continues to make headlines in Louisiana, where a science teacher is under investigation for an unfortunate letter to the editor. Charlotte Hinson, who teaches in a Caddo Parish public school, wrote to the Shreveport Times after that newspaper published articles favorable to evolution.
Hinson slammed the articles for treating creationism as an unproven theory, and evolution as fact. “That is strictly opinion,” she wrote.