by Edd Doerr
Presidential hopeful Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana, addressing an audience on Feb 13 at the Reagan presidential library, made the wild claim that liberals are engaging in a "silent war" on religion. How? By using the Affordable Care Act's health insurance mandate to protect the right of employees to coverage of contraception. He also claimed that liberals will try to pass laws to pressure churches to perform same-sex marriages, despite the fact that our church-state separation principle does not permit government interference with churches' right to make follow their own rules on marriages.
Jindal avoided mentioning that he and his GOP legislature have been forcing all Louisiana taxpayers to contribute to the support of pervasively sectarian private schools.
Jindal and his pals are themselves conducting a not-so-silent war on religious liberty, on public education, and on church-state separation.