Jindal headlining all-day prayer rally in Baton Rouge

Jindal headlining all-day prayer rally in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal continues to court Christian evangelicals for a possible presidential campaign with a headlining appearance at an all-day prayer rally.

Called "The Response," the event takes place Saturday at the basketball arena on LSU's campus. It's billed as a "global prayer gathering for a nation in crisis."

The rally has drawn controversy because of the group hosting it, the American Family Association.

Critics plan an on-campus protest, saying the organization promotes discrimination against people who are gay or of non-Christian faiths. They accuse Jindal of using the rally for political gain.

Jindal says the rally is a religious event, not a political one, focused on spiritual revival. But former Texas Gov. Rick Perry headlined a similar prayer event in 2011 only days before launching his White House bid.

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