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Some forums can only be seen by registered members.Piyush Jindal was born in 1971, four months after his parents arrived in Baton Rouge, La., from their native India.He changed his name to Bobby as a young boy, adopting the name of a character on a favorite television show, “The Brady Bunch.” His decision to become a Christian, he told the pastors, did not come in one moment of lightning epiphany.Other potential 2016 GOP candidates are wooing the evangelical base, including Sens.Rand Paul (Ky.) and Ted Cruz (Tex.) and Indiana Gov. But over the weekend in Lynchburg — a mecca of sorts for evangelicals as the home of Liberty University, founded in the 1970s by the Rev. In addition to his dinner with the pastors, he delivered a well-received “call to action” address to 40,000 Christian conservatives gathered for Liberty’s commencement ceremony, talking again about his faith while assailing what he said was President Obama’s record of attacking religious liberty.“I read the words of Jesus Christ, and I realized that they were true,” Jindal told the graduates Saturday, offering a less detailed accounting of his conversion than he had done the night before with the pastors.
“I used to think that I had found God, but I believe it is more accurate to say that He found me.” Alice Crites contributed to this report.
Known in GOP circles mostly for his mastery of policy issues such as health care, Jindal, a Rhodes Scholar and graduate of the Ivy League’s Brown University, does not have an obvious pool of activist supporters to help drive excitement outside his home state.
So he is harnessing his religious experience in a way that has begun to appeal to parts of the GOP’s influential core of religious conservatives, many of whom have yet to find a favorite among the Republicans eyeing the presidential race.
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 “evangelical Catholic.” Over two hours, Jindal, 42, recalled talking with a girl in high school who wanted to “save my soul,” 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.
The pastors who came to meet Jindal said his intimate descriptions of his experiences stood out.