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New Ad: Bobby Jindal’s ‘Religious Liberty’ Stunt a Disaster for Louisiana’s Economy
Jindal’s Anti-Gay ‘License to Discriminate’ Bill Places Political Interests Over the Best Interests of Louisiana, asserts Truth Wins Out ad
CHICAGO – Truth Wins Out released a new ad today that challenges Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal for his outspoken support of a bill that would allow business owners to cite their religious beliefs to justify discrimination against LGBT customers. TWO’s ad comes one day after Jindal wrote a defiant, and grossly inaccurate, New York Times op-ed attacking corporate leaders. He called them cowards for supporting equality in similar high-profile “religious liberty” battles in Arizona, Arkansas, and Indiana.
Jindal’s actions are clearly aimed at bolstering his standing among social conservatives – particularly in the Iowa caucuses – as he considers whether to run for president or position himself as a potential nominee for Vice President, TWO asserts in its ad:
“Bobby Jindal is placing self-interest above the best Interests of Louisiana,” said Truth Wins Out’s Executive Director Wayne Besen. “Jindal’s political grandstanding could lead to the worst economic disaster since Hurricane Katrina. But unlike Katrina, this is no act of God. Rather it’s the act of a craven politician cynically invoking God to justify discrimination and further his presidential ambitions.”
The script of Truth Wins Out’s 30-second ad:
“Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal claims to be a fiscal conservative. But Jindal has turned a $1 billion surplus into a $1.6 billion deficit.
Now, Jindal is supporting an Indiana-like ‘license to discriminate’ bill. The same bill that outraged corporate America, threatened tourism, and caused real financial damage in Indianapolis.
It’s wrong for Bobby Jindal to undermine Louisiana businesses just to further his presidential ambitions.
Tell Bobby Jindal to stop fixating on Iowa, and start fixing the financial mess he’s made in Louisiana.”
Truth Wins Out urges it’s members to contact Kyle Edmiston, the Assistant Secretary of Tourism, (225) 342-8125, firstname.lastname@example.org and politely tell him how Jindal’s actions might affect your future travel plans to Louisiana. You can also call the main number (225) 342-8100. Additionally, you can contact the Office of Bobby Jindal 225-342-7015
Today’s ad is the third effort in the Truth Wins Out’s “Flipping the Script on Religious Freedom” campaign, to highlight the real-world consequences of laws that purport to protect religious liberty, when in reality they only promote exclusion.
Today’s ad, “Bobby Jindal: Bad for Louisiana’s Economy,” was written by Truth Wins Out’s Wayne Besen, and produced by filmmaker Ben Nissen, with the assistance of Chicago-based writer and performance artist Eric Clements.
In our previous video, with nearly 25,000 views, a gay man who runs a theater company forbids a Christian from buying tickets to a show after he sees a cross hanging from his neck. Citing the fictitious “Church of Harvey Fierstein,” he directs the Christian to go to a theater that shows “Passion of the Christ.” This is a plausible example of what could occur under such ridiculous bills that allow the gutting of anti-discrimination laws based on declarations of “sincere” faith.
The first video in our campaign, “Religious Freedom Café,” takes these “religious liberty” bills to their logical conclusion. It focuses on an African American man who is told to leave a restaurant because serving black people is against the owner’s religious beliefs.
Truth Wins Out (TWO) is a non-profit organization that works to demolish the very foundation of anti-gay prejudice. Our philosophy is simple: We attack the underpinnings of homophobia by debunking harmful lies, discrediting hateful myths, and countering anti-gay organizations. By chipping away at the underlying ignorance that fuels anti-LGBT attitudes, we can ultimately win our fight for fairness and achieve full equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people worldwide.