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Rebel With a Cause: [Louisiana Governor] Bobby Jindal's Spiritual Journey
The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 25, 2008 | Robert Costa

Posted on 07/31/2008 6:26:24 AM PDT by rrstar96

In 1988, 16-year-old Piyush Jindal totaled his father's new car a few weeks before graduating from Baton Rouge High School. Piyush -- who then and now prefers the nickname "Bobby" he adopted from "The Brady Brunch" sitcom -- had to assess more than fender damage with his parents.

"Which God do you have to thank for your safety?" Mr. Jindal, now governor of Louisiana, remembers his mother, Raj, a practicing Hindu, inquiring after he escaped from the wreck. For the child of Punjabi immigrants who had announced his Christian beliefs the previous summer, the question was difficult.

Twenty years later, Mr. Jindal, a convert to Roman Catholicism, is being mentioned as one of John McCain's top choices for the Republican vice-presidential nomination. And his strong religious faith is often cited as a potential bonus for the ticket.

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Catholic; Eastern Religions; Theology
KEYWORDS: bobbyjindal; catholic; hinduism; jindal2008veep; louisiana; spiritualjourney
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1 posted on 07/31/2008 6:26:25 AM PDT by rrstar96
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Pelican State ping


2 posted on 07/31/2008 6:27:27 AM PDT by rrstar96 (Strength and Honor!)
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Faith of Our Fathers ping


3 posted on 07/31/2008 6:28:24 AM PDT by rrstar96 (Strength and Honor!)
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Hopefully he’s a closet Hindu who sacrifices chickens in his basement.

The kind of “Southern” guy who will take the Religionists on yet another ride down the path of phony spiritualism.

Just the kind of politician the GOP, Social Conservatives, Values Voters, and the Monomaniacal Single-Issue anti-Abortionists should be backing.

Frankly it no longer matters whether an alleged “conservative” cares about small government, low taxes, limited federal powers, and personal liberty.

It’s all about that hypen (x-conservative) and the best possible rendition of Elmer Gantry.


4 posted on 07/31/2008 6:55:47 AM PDT by angkor (Conservatism is not now and never has been a religious movement.)
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To: angkor

Your comments indicate that you are a narrow-minded bigot and a fool.


5 posted on 07/31/2008 7:01:44 AM PDT by scory
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I’d love to have a “perfect” Conservative candidate, but there ain’t one out there on the national level...


6 posted on 07/31/2008 7:03:53 AM PDT by Maverick68 (w)
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To: angkor

Right on friend!

The ‘religious persecution’ whine is the most annoying bit of self pity/self delusion in the nation by far.

These people are so ‘brave’ by declaring their religious beliefs. Give me a break.


7 posted on 07/31/2008 7:15:38 AM PDT by Natchez Hawk (What's so funny about the first, second, and fourth amendments?)
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To: rrstar96
Interesting read.

I was particularly impressed by this statement by Jindal:

"I don't know why I was struck so hard at that moment," said Mr. Jindal. "There was nothing fascinating about this particular video. . . . But watching this depiction of an actor playing Jesus on the cross, it just hit me, harder than I'd ever been hit before," he said. "If that was really the son of God, and he really died for me, then I felt compelled to get on my knees and worship him."

"It was liberating," said Mr. Jindal about his moment.


8 posted on 07/31/2008 7:23:22 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: xsmommy

did you see this?


9 posted on 07/31/2008 7:39:08 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: Natchez Hawk
The ‘religious persecution’ whine is the most annoying bit of self pity/self delusion in the nation by far.

After reading the article, I don't understand where your "religious persecution whine" comment originated. There was no whining in the article, and no mention of persecution. It was a thoughtful article describing how Jindal came from Hinduism to Christianity. I pray that on your spiritual journey you too will find Peace, Joy, and Truth.

10 posted on 07/31/2008 7:42:02 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: VRWCmember

i hadn’t. thanks for the ping. very interesting read.


11 posted on 07/31/2008 7:44:56 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: angkor

i am puzzled about your attack on his religious beliefs. where does this come from?


12 posted on 07/31/2008 7:46:04 AM PDT by xsmommy
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I thought so too. Although apparently some on the thread think the best strategy for “conservative” republicans to regain control is to kick the “religious right” to the curb.


13 posted on 07/31/2008 7:46:24 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: VRWCmember

is that what the point of the attack was? i couldn’t quite sift through the vitriol to get the point.


14 posted on 07/31/2008 7:49:21 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: scory

>>>>Your comments indicate that you are a narrow-minded bigot and a fool.

Slinging religious beliefs about the political marketplace is the tactic of charlatans.


15 posted on 07/31/2008 8:19:07 AM PDT by angkor (Conservatism is not now and never has been a religious movement.)
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>>>>>i am puzzled about your attack on his religious beliefs. where does this come from?

I believe in Article IV of the United States Constitution.


16 posted on 07/31/2008 8:20:22 AM PDT by angkor (Conservatism is not now and never has been a religious movement.)
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To: angkor

non sequitur.


17 posted on 07/31/2008 8:24:11 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: angkor

And what does that have to do with your hostility?


18 posted on 07/31/2008 8:26:47 AM PDT by Liberty1970
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To: xsmommy

Yes, correct. I meant VI.

“No religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”


19 posted on 07/31/2008 8:31:24 AM PDT by angkor (Conservatism is not now and never has been a religious movement.)
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To: Liberty1970

>>>>And what does that have to do with your hostility?

Many conservatives (of the unhyphenated type) see the Religionist influence of the last 30 years as a destructive attack on conservatism generally and the GOP in particular.

That pretty much covers “my hostility”.


20 posted on 07/31/2008 8:36:35 AM PDT by angkor (Conservatism is not now and never has been a religious movement.)
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