Goveror Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, in an op-ed Thursday in the New York Times writes why multiple corporations have expressed opposition to religious freedom laws that frighten gay-rights advocates.
Those corporations, Jindal says, are being manipulated by left-wing radicals.
“Liberals have decided that if they can’t win at the ballot box,” Jindal writes, “they will win in the boardroom.”
“His point is obvious,” writes nola.com. “These corporations wouldn’t be taking such a wild and crazy position if they were really controlled by conservatives. Ergo, Big Business must have been taken over by liberals.”
Not only is Jindal suggesting in his op-ed that the gay rights and conservatism are incompatible, and that liberals have taken over the country’s boardrooms, but he’s also revealing some peculiar ideas about the free market.
For example, don’t business leaders have the right to take whatever positions they think will advance their business? Won’t businesses be “punished” for making the “wrong” decisions on gay marriage?
Nola.com makes the point that Governor Jindal seems to be creating a “litmus test” for conservatives.
After criticizing those liberals who he says have taken over the country’s boardrooms and made them hostile to religion and overly zealous about gay rights, Jindal says that “it’s time for corporate America to make a decision.”
Will gay marriage (or “anti-gay marriage”) be a “litmus test” for the Republican party?
“It was a long journey of conscience for a former Louisiana prosecutor,” stated the Huffington Post.
“He went from celebrating a death sentence with rounds of drinks three decades ago to writing an anguished, open letter of apology after the convicted man was recently declared innocent and set free.”
“I apologize to Glenn Ford for all the misery I have caused him and his family,” A.M. Stroud III wrote in a letter published in The Times of Shreveport. “I apologize to the family of Mr. Rozeman for giving them the false hope of some closure.”
Ford is an exonerated prisoner released earlier this month from the Louisiana State Penitentiary after serving nearly 30 years on death row. Isadore Rozeman was the elderly victim who was killed in a 1983 robbery.
Stroud’s letter was more than just an apology. It was a condemnation of the state’s decision to oppose compensating the now cancer-stricken Ford for three decades lost. It was also a firm statement against capital punishment.
Unfortunately, a Caddo Parish, Louisiana judge ruled on Friday, March 27th, that Ford will not receive state-mandated compensation, states nola.com.
Ford, 65, petitioned the state for wrongful conviction and imprisonment compensation roughly nine months after Louisiana prosecutors filed a motion to vacate his 1984 conviction.
However, First Judicial District Court Judge Katherine Clark Dorroh sided with a challenge to that petition made by the Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s office. It alleged that Ford failed to meet the law’s “factually innocent” clause. That provision requires petitioners to have not committed the crime for which they were originally convicted as well as “any crime based upon the same set of facts” used in the original conviction.
CNN’s Michael Smerconish sat down for an exclusive TV interview with former KKK grand wizard David Duke to confront him directly about whether Steve Scalise attended one of Duke’s group’s conventions.
Duke is a former Louisiana state senator and former leader of the Ku Klux Klan.
Steve Scalise, the House Majority Whip, publicly admitted that in 2002, he attended a white supremacist convention organized by Duke’s European-American Unity and Rights Organization (EURO), which is classified as a hate group.
The man who told The Washington Post he asked Scalise to speak took it back after one day and said that Scalise didn’t attend the event.
Duke honestly could not say for sure whether Scalise attended that 2002 conference, saying that he was out of the country at the time and the people he spoke to gave him contradicting accounts.
Duke also gave Scalise some words of praise this week, but on CNN he made it very clear that he isn’t a supporter of Scalise, nor the other way around.
He also reiterated his threat to other politicians that he will name names of those who have worked with Duke in the past if they continue to pursue the subject with Scalise.
Thursday, Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu gave reasons for the President’s unpopularity and cited race as a factor. Republicans are calling on her to apologize.
Her comments came after an NBC reporter asked the senator why Obama has such low approval ratings in Louisiana. Landrieu’s first response was that the president’s energy policies are deeply disliked by residents of the oil and gas-rich state.
She then added, “I’ll be very, very honest with you. The South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans. It’s been a difficult time for the president to present himself in a very positive light as a leader.”
Landrieu is in a tight re-election battle with Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy. Tea Party favorite Rob Maness is polling in a distant third place.
Landrieu is sometimes seen as a conservative Democrat, and works tirelessly on behalf of oil and gas interests.
Republicans claimed to take offense and put their own spin on the comments.
According to the Washington Post, Cassidy said the opposition to Obama has more to do with policy than race. Maness said, “Quite frankly, Sen. Landrieu owes the people of Louisiana an apology for relegating them to nothing but racists and sexists.”
State Republican Party Chairman Roger Villere called the remarks “insulting to me and to every other Louisianian.” Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal called the comment “a major insult” to the people of the state.