Pastor Asks Bobby Jindal to Pay Back Church Trip Money

Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana, has been making expensive helicopter trips across the state to visit churches on taxpayer money. Now Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, President of the Interfaith Alliance, has written him asking Jindal to pay the money back.

If you were traveling to these churches to worship with the various congregations, you should have paid your own expenses to get there as did the other worshippers. If you were traveling to these churches for the purpose of sharing your personal faith and encouraging faith in others, state funds absolutely should not have been used to pay your expenses. Indeed, in that instance, your state-funded actions were a violation of the United States Constitution’s promise of religious freedom which has been a critical contributor to the vitality of religion in our nation. If you were traveling to these churches for political purposes, you should not have been there in the first place, regardless of who funded the travel.

Jindal’s response? Ignore the accusation and attack the Interfaith Alliance. At least what Jindal believes to be an attack.

In the past, Interfaith Alliance accused the Bush administration of not including an array of religions when observing events such as the National Day of Prayer.

“So, it doesn’t surprise me that they’re concerned about the governor going to church,” Jindal said.

What a great guy. I know I won’t be the first, and I definitely won’t be the last, but I would like to call Mr Jindal a doofus.

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