“We need a spiritual revival to fix what ails our country.”
That was part of the speech made by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal at The Response prayer rally on Jan. 24-25. The prayer rally is organized by David Lane, a right-wing religious activist, notes Right Wing Watch, and the event includes an array of individuals, from pastors to activists.
Here is what Jindal had to say:
"We can't just elect a candidate to fix what ails our country ... He can't just pass a law and fix what ails our country. We need a spiritual revival to fix what ails our country ... We are a united people. We are God's children. We are precious because we are made in His image. God has created us with a God-shaped void in our hearts and we frustrate Him by filling it with things and material goods and substances. Now it is time for us on bended knee to turn back to God in humble prayer. To repent and ask for His blessing because He is a faithful God. He desires our prayers. I believe in the power of prayer and I pray that we will see a spark lighted here, we will see 50 responses in every state in these United States and we will see a spiritual revival ignite across these United States of America"
Jindal also said he will defend the right of states to define marriage as they see fit, regardless of the Supreme Court decision on this issue expected this term. “I think it should be between man and women,” he stated.
If gay marriage becomes a national right, Jindal said he’ll continue to support congressional Republicans pushing for a constitutional amendment that will leave the decision up to the states.
Jindal insisted that the rally, held on Louisiana State University’s campus, was a religious event and not political despite many participants insisting that religion guides their decision-making, says The Huffington Post.
"The event was viewed more as an evangelical event with a political tone to it, and the bishops don't participate in such events," said Robert Tasman, executive director of the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Tasman was not the only one who did not support the prayer rally, with many protesters rallying outside the event and accusing Jindal of using the rally for political gain. In addition, protesters were came together in opposition of the organization behind the prayer rally, the American Family Association, which has a history of discriminating against people who are of non-Christian faiths or are gay.
"I just knew this wasn't what LSU stands for,” said Peter Jenkins, a 26-year-old graduate student and protest organizer.
“These aren't LSU values, Louisiana values or American values."