A dozen politically active pastors came here for a private dinner Friday night to hear a conversion story unique in the context of presidential politics: how Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal traveled from Hinduism to Protestant Christianity and, ultimately, became what he calls an ‚Äúevangelical Catholic.‚ÄĚ
Over two hours, Jindal, 42, recalled talking with a girl in high school who wanted to ‚Äúsave my soul,‚ÄĚ reading the Bible in a closet so his parents would not see him and feeling a stir while watching a movie during his senior year that depicted Jesus on the cross.
‚ÄúI was struck, and struck hard,‚ÄĚ Jindal told the pastors. ‚ÄúThis was the Son of God, and He had died for our sins.‚ÄĚ
Jindal‚Äôs session with the Christian clergy, who lead congregations in the early presidential battleground states of Iowa and South Carolina, was part of a behind-the-scenes effort by the Louisiana governor to find a political ...