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The Louisiana Democratic Party sunk to a new low earlier this week when the party unveiled a round of negative campaign advertising on television attacking Republican Congressman Bobby Jindal's faith in Jesus Christ.
In the Democrat's new campaign ads, the state party took some of Jindal's writings as a young Christian out of context and twisted those words in an attempt to cast doubt among the electorate about Jindal's position on religion.
Not only do the TV ads question Jindal's faith in Christ, the ads accuse Jindal of being critical of Protestants.
Remember, it was among rural, white Protestant voters who Jindal polled poorly four years ago when he lost a close race for governor to Kathleen Blanco. Clearly, the Democrat's new ad was geared toward hurting Jindal among those rural, white Protestant voters in the 2007 gubernatorial campaign.
While we have never been a fan of any candidate for public office using his or her faith as a tool to garner votes in any election, we abhor the efforts launched by the state Democratic Party to lie to the people of Louisiana about Jindal's views on religion.
Jindal has made it clear in private and publicly that he is a Christian.
Though we have long held that a man's or a woman's opinion on religion is a private matter that should remain between a man and his God or between a woman and her God, we recognize religion has always played a role in politics, and it probably always will.
Yet, for a political party—in this case the Louisiana Democratic Party—to knowingly lie about a candidate's views on religion was a bit too much to stomach. If the state Democratic Party possessed one iota of common sense or one ounce of decency, it would pull its ads criticizing Jindal's faith immediately.
Something tells us the Democrats won't do that.
The Democrats probably won't pull the ads because they're grasping for straws to chip away at Jindal's lead in the governor's race.
The primary election is Oct. 20.
The voters would do well to remember which political party it was in this year's governor's race that knowingly distorted a man's faith in Christ for its own political gain.