Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal bristled Sunday when it was suggested to him that Christians who live by their beliefs can be equated to racists.
NBC News’ “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd noted (about the 4:10 mark) that in the 1960s, opponents of interracial marriage — including Democrat icon Harry Truman — used their religious beliefs as an argument against allowing whites and blacks to marry.
Todd then asked the Republican presidential contender: “Are you comfortable using religion as a way to defend your position on marriage?”
Jindal clearly did not appreciate the tone of the question.
“It’s offensive to equate evangelical Christians, Catholics, and others who view marriage as between a man and a woman” with racists from 50 years ago, he said.
Jindal also reminded Todd that the marriage views of both Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton and President Obama have evolved with public opinion polls, while his, based on his Christian faith, have remained firm.
“My religious views aren’t based on the polls,” he told Todd. “I can read polls just like the president can.”
Then he tackled the race issue head on.
“We need to stop viewing ourselves as hyphenated Americans,” Jindal said. “We’re all Americans. Viewing people by the color of their skin is one of the dumbest ways to view people.”
Earlier in the interview, Jindal predicted the courts wouldn’t stop with same-sex marriage.
“Here’s where the next fight’s going. I think the left is now going to go after our First Amendment rights,” he said. “I think it is wrong for the federal government to force Christian individuals, businesses, pastors and churches to participate in wedding ceremonies that violate our sincerely held religious beliefs.”
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