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LISTEN: Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal Play Christian Victim Card

LISTEN: Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal Play Christian Victim Card


The debate over 'religious freedom' laws betrays intolerance of Christians, say Mike Huckabee and Bobby Jindal.

With the outrage over legislation in Indiana and Arkansas that would have allowed businesses and individuals to cite religion to justify discrimination against LGBT people and others, some potential Republican presidential candidates are moaning that conservative Christians are the ones suffering discrimination.

Both former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and current Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal appeared this week on the Washington Watch radio program hosted by Tony Perkins, president of the antigay Family Research Council. Both politicians, like Perkins, played the victim card when discussing the legislation (since altered in both states to clarify that antigay discrimination will not be allowed).

"It is a classic example of -- really a page out of 1984, when what things mean are the opposite of what they really are," Huckabee said Wednesday of concerns about antigay discrimination, referring to the George Orwell novel about a dystopian future. "And that's what I'm seeing here is that in the name of tolerance, there's intolerance. In the name of diversity, there's uniformity. In the name of acceptance, there's true discrimination."

He claimed that "intolerance" of Christians "won't stop until there are no more churches, until there are no more people who are spreading the Gospel, and I'm talking now about the unabridged, unapologetic Gospel that is really God's truth."

Jindal, on Perkins's show Thursday, inaccurately characterized the original Indiana legislation as identical to the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (it wasn't), and went on to bemoan supposed persecution of Christians.

"Now that evangelical Christians are the ones that are being discriminated against, the left does not want to accommodate them in the same way," Jindal told Perkins. "What's really underneath all of this is the left preaches tolerance and diversity and openness, and that's true, unless you disagree with them. They don't want to discriminate [against] anybody unless you happen to be a conservative, or in this case, an evangelical Christian, and that's the hypocrisy in this."

Find clips of both below, courtesy of Right Wing Watch.

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