Bobby Jindal says President Obama 'lied' to pope about U.S. religious freedom, cites same-sex marriage cases _lowres

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Pope Francis after this welcoming speech during the state arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Even a visit from the Popecan illicit Obama criticism from Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Jindal, a Catholic who is seeking the GOP nomination for president, took aim at President Barack Obama in a campaign news release just hours after Pope Francis met with Obama at the White House. Jindal says Obama “lied” to the Pope.

“The President told the Pope that, in America, people must be free to live out their faith without fear of intimidation. That’s the opposite of reality in America today, Mr. President,” Jindal said in a statement.

Jindal has frequently spoken on what he sees as discrimination against Christians in the United States. Jindal said that Obama’s comments ignore cases that he believes are instances of such discrimination, like Kentucky clerk Kim Davis who was jailed after she refused to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

“We have Christians who are jailed for their closely-held religious beliefs. We have Christians fined thousands of dollars by the government simply because they didn’t bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple,” Jindal said.


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