How desperate are Louisiana Democrats to hold onto power? They're about to air a television ad attacking the leading Republican candidate for governor for his religious views. The TV spots will accuse Bobby Jindal of being anti-Protestant (via Bryan at Hot Air):
In one of the hardest hitting – Republicans will undoubtedly say “dirtiest” – television ads aired in history, the Louisiana Democratic Party is accusing Rep. Bobby Jindal of being anti-Protestant.
The bizarre charge is delivered by an unidentified woman in a new Louisiana Democratic Party TV ad produced by Carvin/Seder Communications, a Louisiana-based consulting firm whose clients have included former Governor Edwin Edwards (D-La.), Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius (D) and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin (D).
In the TV spot, the announcer charges that Jindal wrote articles that “insulted thousands of Louisiana Protestants,” and she holds up an article in which she says Jindal “doubts the morals and questions the beliefs of Baptists, Methodists, Episcopalians, Pentecostals and other Protestant religions.”
Here's a local news report on the subject. This effort is apparently officially endorsed by the state's Democratic Party, which wants $1 million in contributions to buy air time for the spots:
I purchased the first essay highlighted on the website that the Democrats set up to demonize Jindal's writings. In this, they cleverly write hyperbolic descriptions of his essays while hiding behind the knowledge that readers will have to pay to read them from New Oxford Review. For instance, the description on the essay I bought claims that "Jindal explains how Catholicism has more merit than all other Religions. Jindal states non-Catholics are burndened [sic] with "utterly depraved minds" and calls individuals who ignore the teachings of the Catholic church intellectually dishonest."
When I read Jindal's essay, however, it says nothing of the sort. Jindal quotes John Calvin as saying that all men are born "utterly depraved" and then argues against it:
One of the most consequential, and yet neglected, Reformation beliefs is the view that utterly depraved man is incapable of meaningful sanctification. This rejection of spiritual regeneration and subsequent separation of spiritual from physical realities has resulted in various widely held current beliefs, ranging from predestination to nominalism. Yet Luther was wrong to claim that our sins are as dung covered by snow, for he underestimated both God's justice and His power. Faith does more than cause God to ignore our sins, for His grace is enough to accomplish a true spiritual rebirth. In embracing God's grace, our righteousness becomes imparted, as our sins and their effects are "removed from us" ...
He also does not call Protestants "intellectually dishonest." He says that it would not be intellectually honest to ignore the teachings of the Catholic Church when studying Christianity. That doesn't mean all Protestants are dishonest, but that any comparative study of the religion without at least seeing for one's self what Catholicism has to say about itself is intentionally self-limiting. He also calls on the Catholic Church to live up to those teachings in almost the same breath. Frankly, this piece is pretty much Catholic Apologetics 101.
However, the Democrats have proven themselves intellectually dishonest in this attack on Jindal. Their website lies about what Jindal has written, hiding behing NOR's subscription-only skirts to throw mud at Jindal. The party which sells itself on its supposed tolerance wants to pillory Jindal for his Catholicism and scare up anti-Catholic bigotry through lies and deceit.
Put frankly, the Louisiana Democratic Party is despicable. Anyone contributing to this campaign should be publicly outed for the bigots they are.