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courtesy of Tom Aswell & the blog Forward Now!

courtesy of Tom Aswell & the blog Forward Now!

My not-so-beloved governor, lil Bobby Jindal, made a “believers” pilgrimage to the Ronnie Raygun Library and gave a speech there.  Now that in and of itself is no big thing because as the former head of the Republican Governor’s Association he spent a lot of time traveling across the country.  And that fit in nicely with his pointless ambitions to become the President of the United States.  But, what struck some as hysterically funny is the fact that he chose to speak about religious liberty at the Reagan Library.  Or as Charles Pierce put it, “he went out to California yesterday to give a big speech on “religious liberty” at a library memorializing a man who famously never went to church.”.  And, as Tom Aswell of Louisiana Voice wrote:

Three words kept coming to mind as I read the text of his speech—written, by the way, on the Louisiana Governor’s Office letterhead so as to completely blur the line between church and state (wouldn’t his campaign committee letterhead have been far more appropriate?).

Those three words are: sanctimonious little twit.

As Pierce pointed out, lil Bobby is (or was) the least popular governor in the country.  That poll was taken last year and who knows, Christie may have beaten him out by now.  His last “big” idea, last year was to scrap the state income tax on both individuals and corporations and replace it with an increased and more far-reaching state sales tax.  The plan would have naturally hit the poor and middle class more severely than the upper income groups but it was when he got the idea to play around with corporate sales taxes that was when the nail was driven into the coffin.  That plan was basically D.O.A. before it was even submitted to the lege.  But I have digressed and I apologize for that.

In the text of his speech Bobby had the following to say:

These days we think this diversity of belief is tolerated under our law and Constitution. But that’s wrong. This diversity of belief is the foundation of our law and Constitution. America does not sustain and create faith. Faith created and sustains America. President John Adams, in 1798, wrote to Massachusetts militiamen to remind them that “… Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

Yeah, okay Bobby.  But as Pierce writes, Adams also said and wrote this: (bolding mine)

As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,-as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen [Muslims],-and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan [Mohammedan] nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.

Yep, Bobby, Mr. Adams wrote of the U.S. as having “no character of enmity” against any (gasp!) Muslims!  Did you mention that little speech Bobby?  Oh, I see you didn’t.

Lil Booby went to the Raygun library to talk about, sigh. poor little ole Hobby Lobby and how they are being picked on as a Christian enterprise…bless their hearts.

“It is a war – a silent war – against religious liberty…This war is waged in our courts and in the halls of political power. It is pursued with grim and relentless determination by a group of like-minded elites, determined to transform the country from a land sustained by faith into a land where faith is silenced, privatized and circumscribed.”

“None of this matters to the Obama administration. The argument they have advanced, successfully thus far, is that a faithful business owner cannot operate under the assumption that they can use their moral principles to guide the way their place of business spends money. According to the administration’s legal arguments, the family that owns Hobby Lobby is not protected by the First Amendment’s “free exercise” of religion clause. That’s the part of the First Amendment which states that “Congress shall make no law … prohibiting the free exercise” of religion. The Obama administration and Attorney General Eric Holder argue that because “Hobby Lobby is a for-profit, secular employer, and a secular entity by definition does not exercise religion.” A federal judge agreed: since Hobby Lobby is a “secular” corporation, they have no right to be guided by the religious beliefs of their ownership.”

No lil Bobby!!!  No, no, no!!!  The owners of Hobby Lobby can do as they damned well please for themselves!  But whether you like it or not, Hobby Lobby is not a church or religious organization.  As Pierce said:

Nobody is stopping the owners of Hobby Lobby from exercising their religion. People are arguing that the owners of Hobby Lobby don’t have the right to control the exercise of religion on behalf of their employees who might not share their religious scruples about contraception.  [Italics mine]

Lil Bobby goes on to further frighten the horses, uh scare the masses:

Many states have considered these issues in the light of the ongoing legal battle over marriage laws in the country. But that pressure is not going to stop with photographers and bakers – it’s going to be brought on churches, mosques, and synagogues, too.

Aww Booby!!  Do you realize how much you sound like the White Citizens Councils, later the Citizens Councils of America?  No church, synagogue, mosque,temple or what have you will be forced to conduct a gay marriage.  Puhleeze!

Now, we know that lil Bobby was probably wise not to mention Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists, because he would have blown himself out of the water with that one!

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.

I think Pierce summed it up the best:

Again, “Bobby” is saying all this in a well-publicized speech — for which, I presume, he got himself a nice check — and it was a speech in which he was attempting to launch himself as a plausible candidate for president of the United States despite his obvious incompetence as a political executive.

And I’m not even going to go to the article about how lil Booby has been raiding the state Medicaid Trust Fund for the Elderly, to the point it’s about to go broke.  This was a trust fund that did have over $800 million in it.  That’s over three quarters of a billon dollars that was to be kept in trust and then the interest would be used in state programs and primarily to help pay for the elderly in nursing homes.

Tell ya what:  since folks like lil Booby make “the pilgrimage to the raygun library I’ll end this with what every true believer would love:  Reagan coming back from the dead.  It’s an old clip, but lil Booby is mentioned in it. This is an open thread.


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