Jindal NYT Op-Ed: We Will Not Be Bullied Into Dumping Religious Freedom
The New York Times chose this headline for an op-ed written by Lousiana Governor Bobby Jindal on the current conflicts between religion freedom and gay marriage: Bobby Jindal: I’m Holding Firm Against Gay Marriage (NY Times). But some are noting that this tone did not exactly match the Jindal’s comments. Says the governor of Louisiana:
Our country was founded on the principle of religious liberty, enshrined in the Bill of Rights. Why shouldn’t an individual or business have the right to cite, in a court proceeding, religious liberty as a reason for not participating in a same-sex marriage ceremony that violates a sincerely held religious belief?
The angry MSNBC headline on Jindal’s op-ed isn’t much better: Bobby Jindal: I’m really, really against gay marriage (MSNBC). Says MSNBC:
Jindal’s opposition to gay marriage may help him attract social conservatives, but Republicans – and particularly young Republicans – have begun softening on the issue in recent years. In a recent Pew Research Poll, 61% of young Republicans said they support same-sex marriage.
But growing opposition doesn’t appear to be a big concern for Governor Jindal (NY Times)
I hold the view that has been the consensus in our country for over two centuries: that marriage is between one man and one woman. Polls indicate that the American consensus is changing — but like many other believers, I will not change my faith-driven view on this matter, even if it becomes a minority opinion.
Posted: April 24, 2015