This is so outrageously dishonest.
Bobby Jindal, who was elected as a Republican to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2004, and re-elected in 2006 with 88% of the vote, is running for Governor Of Louisianna in Oct/07. Polling data shows Jindal with a substantial lead.
He is the subject of a vicious, religious-based attack ad put out by the Democratic party in LA.
Jindal writes articles for the subscription-only New Oxford Review, a conservative Catholic magazine. The Louisiana Democrats are using some of his NOR articles as the basis for their ad, asserting that Jindal is anti-protestant. They twist and distort Jindal’s words, making “taking words out of context” into an art-form.
I purchased the first essay highlighted on the website that the Democrats set up to demonize Jindal’s writings. In this, they cleverly write hyperbolic descriptions of his essays while hiding behind the knowledge that readers will have to pay to read them from New Oxford Review. For instance, the description on the essay I bought claims that “Jindal explains how Catholicism has more merit than all other Religions. Jindal states non-Catholics are burndened [sic] with “utterly depraved minds” and calls individuals who ignore the teachings of the Catholic church intellectually dishonest.”
When I read Jindal’s essay, however, it says nothing of the sort. Jindal quotes John Calvin as saying that all men are born “utterly depraved” and then argues against it: […]
He also does not call Protestants “intellectually dishonest.” He says that it would not be intellectually honest to ignore the teachings of the Catholic Church when studying Christianity. That doesn’t mean all Protestants are dishonest, but that any comparative study of the religion without at least seeing for one’s self what Catholicism has to say about itself is intentionally self-limiting. He also calls on the Catholic Church to live up to those teachings in almost the same breath. Frankly, this piece is pretty much Catholic Apologetics 101. […]
Put frankly, the Louisiana Democratic Party is despicable. Anyone contributing to this campaign should be publicly outed for the bigots they are.
More at Captains Quarters.
Bill Donahue of The Catholic League:
“This is one of the most scurrilous smear jobs we’ve ever seen. When Jindal dropped the term ‘scandalous’ in his article, he was referring to the sad historical chapter that witnessed a division within the Christian house. To be exact, he made reference to the ‘scandalous series of divisions and new denominations’ that marked the post-Reformation period. Regarding the terms ‘utterly depraved,’ ‘selfish desires’ and ‘heresy,’ Jindal was citing Calvin. It was Calvin who warned against random interpretations of the Bible. As individuals, Calvin instructed, Christians were burdened with ‘utterly depraved’ minds and ‘selfish desires.’ According to Jindal, what concerned Calvin was a ‘subjective interpretation which leads to anarchy and heresy.’
“This is a fairly unremarkable exegesis. But to the twisted folks who lead the Louisiana Democratic Party, this is proof of bigotry.
Steven Spruiell from The Corner tried to contact Mary Landrieu for comment. He reached a spokesman:
the senator, a Catholic, can’t comment on the ad because she hasn’t seen it. I asked him if she planned to check it out. He said she might, if it comes on a TV when she’s watching it. I told him it was available on YouTube.
I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for these Louisiana Catholic Democrats to hold the Party accountable for this contemptible smear.
More at Michelle Malkin who has posted the letters of several prominent LA Democrats, (supplied by the Jindal campaign) who register their disgust at the ad.
Still no word from Mary Landrieu.
YAHOO! Bobby Jindal wins!
Nice try, though Dems. Nice try.
Jindal, a 36-year-old Republican, will be the nation’s youngest governor. He had 53 percent with 625,036 votes with about 92 percent of the vote tallied. It was more than enough to win Saturday’s election outright and avoid a Nov. 17 runoff.
“My mom and dad came to this country in pursuit of the American dream. And guess what happened. They found the American dream to be alive and well right here in Louisiana,” he said to cheers and applause at his victory party.
Via: Michelle Malkin