Jindal to warn of religious intolerance by left, slam HGTV

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Monday, May 12, 2014 - 9:00am

Gov. Bobby Jindal will struke a familiar refrain in a commencement address on Saturday, warning of an increasingly secular culture driven by a government that stifles religious liberty.

According to advance excerpts of his speech at Liberty University, the Louisiana Republican and potential 2016 White House hopeful will point to legal controversies of late, blaming the Obama administration, Democrats and the entertainment industry for an infringement on religious freedoms.

"Under the Obama regime, you have the protection of the First Amendment as an individual, you see -- but the instant you start a business, you lose those protections," he will say, according to prepared remarks.

"The modern 'left' in America is completely intolerant of the views of people of faith. They want a completely secular society where people of faith keep their views to themselves," Jindal will say.

In the remarks, Jindal will decry HGTV's recent decision to cancel a show after reports surfaced that the planned hosts, twin brothers David and Jason Benham, reportedly made remarks against homosexuality.

The Benham brothers, who are graduates of Liberty University, told CNN they believe HGTV was bullied into its decision and defended themselves as not anti-homosexual, or discriminatory in any manner.

"Think about that for a minute. If these guys had protested at the Republican Party Convention, instead of cancelling their show, HGTV would probably have given them a raise," Jindal will say.

Jindal is term-limited as Louisiana governor and is considering launching a bid for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016. He's is the latest in a slew of conservative White House hopefuls to speak at the evangelical Christian university.

Jindal's prepared remarks echo what another Republican, and possible 2016-er, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas said in speech at the school last month.

The Lynchburg, Virginia, university is popular stomping ground for conservative politicians.


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