Gov. Bobby Jindal plans to tell graduates at Virginia’s Liberty University Saturday that “Christians are the last group that it is OK to discriminate against in America.”
Jindal delivers the commencement address this weekend at the conservative college. The governor’s office released exerpts of his speech Friday.
Founded by the late Jerry Falwell, the college has become a part of the White House campaign trail. Mitt Romney spoke there in 2012 as a Republican presidential candidate.
Romney carefully skirted his Mormon faith at the evangelical Christian college. Jindal plans to tell the crowd that “the most significant moment of my life was when I turned it over to Jesus Christ and acknowledged him as my Savior.” That part of the speech isn’t included in the excerpt released by his office but Christian Broadcasting Network apparently got a copy of the complete speech.
The governor also will tackle a favorite topic of late: religious freedom. Jindal has chosen the issue as something to go toe-to-toe with President Barack Obama on as he mulls seeking the Republican president nomination.
Jindal will tell graduates that today’s world is hostile to matters of faith and that American culture in particular has become a secular culture.
“America does not sustain and create faith. Faith created and sustains America. America did not invent religious freedom, religious freedom invented America,” the governor said.