The chair of Louisiana's Democratic Party has criticized the Governor and the Tupelo-based conservative Christian group planning a prayer rally January 24 on the campus of LSU in Baton Rouge.
State Senator Karen Carter Peterson has labeled it an event "designed to salvage the Governor’s dim presidential prospects with out-of-state ideologues.
Jindal will be the headliner of the rally sponsored by the American Family Association which has been criticized by some students and LSU faculty members for its stand against gay rights.
In a written statement, Peterson says “Holding a political rally sponsored by an organization that has been classified as a 'hate group' runs counter to Louisiana’s values of tolerance and inclusion. Moreover, the intolerant views held by the AFA in regards to those they disagree with run counter to my Christian upbringing."
Peterson also says the rally "should not take place at our flagship publicly-funded institution.”
The event, called The Response, is expected to draw thousands of people to LSU's Maravich Assembly Center for what Jindal, a Roman Catholic, describes in an invitation as "a time of worship, prayer, fasting and repentance."