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Over five months, Jindal took more than three dozen helicopter trips. Fourteen were to attend church services, according to state records.
He worshipped in Hornbeck, Many, Logansport, Angie, Elizabeth, Harrisonburg, Columbia, Winnsboro, Coushatta, Robeline and Anacoco.
At least two aides usually accompanied him along with his security detail and State Police pilots. The public pays their salaries as well as the fuel and upkeep for the helicopter.
The helicopter that the governor uses the most costs $1,200 an hour to operate — about $45,000 for five months of church visits.
Jindal has continued to visit churches since the time covered in the records from State Police, including a trip to Rayville in Richland Parish last week.
The Governor’s Office refuses to disclose to the media ahead of time where Jindal will attend services. But a video posted on the Internet last year gives a glimpse into the Catholic governor’s visits to Protestant churches in North Louisiana.
In the video, Jindal addresses a congregation identified as New Chapel Hill Baptist Church on a stage decorated to look like a beach with a surfboard and Adirondackstyle chairs. The governor opens with a few quips from the campaign trail, including a riff about popular culture and Paris Hilton. He relates a story about military heroes before talking about his conversion to Christianity.
"What we have to do today is make a covenant, to slit our wrists, be blood brothers on this thing"
the health care "battle will be won — on our knees in prayer and fasting.”
These are all fabrications that have been put out there in order to discourage people from meeting what I consider to be a core ethical and moral obligation: that is that we look out for one another, that I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sister’s keeper. In the wealthiest nation on earth right now, we are neglecting to live up to that call.
‘Bearing False Witness’: Obama Tells Religious Leaders Health Care Critics Are Guilty of Sin
Originally posted by jam321
How do you feel about Obama using religion to rally heathcare support? Do you feel it violates separation of church and state?
Originally posted by FlyersFan
Interesting find KJ.
Bobby Jindal is going to run for POTUS in 2012. I have no doubt.
(I won't be voting for him.)
It looks to me like he's campaigning more than using the chopper to go to church. I mean it's a church and all ... but I'm betting it's a two-for-one thing ... be seen/shake hands (campaign thing).
TV news says he's already been out to Ohio ... shaking hands, etc.
(dead giveaway for 2012 intentions)
Jindal is Catholic and once upon a time studied for the priesthood.
You can console yourself with the fact that at least he's not a self proclaimed fundamentalist (Bush41, Carter).
Originally posted by kosmicjack
I'm fascinated by the fact that he or anyone else for that matter would consider that he would be a viable candidate in 2012.