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Jindal's prayer guide gives wrong dates for Hurricane Katrina 

Jindal prayer guide needs an update

  In August 2011, Texas Gov. Rick Perry did two things: declared his run for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination and held a huge prayer rally called "The Response" at an arena in Houston. Gov. Bobby Jindal, meanwhile, has said he'll announce after the New Year whether he'll seek the 2016 nomination — and has now scheduled his own "The Response" prayer rally at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge Jan. 24.

  But the similarities don't end there. An official "7-Day Prayer Guide" for attendees at the Jindal rally warns, "And let us not forget that we are only six years from the tragic events of Hurricane Katrina, which rendered the entire Gulf Coast powerless."

  Six years? That would put Katrina and the federal floods in the summer of 2008, three years into the recovery. Other data points in the guide are similarly out of date, including references to tornados "this year" in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Joplin, Missouri; and "same-sex marriage is legal in six states" (it's now 35).

  Since all those facts were true in 2011, when Perry held his rally, and since much of the language on Jindal's rally website is identical to that of Perry's rally website, it seems Jindal "borrowed" Perry's 2011 guide. An update might be in order, considering that Louisianans are unlikely to forget exactly when Hurricane Katrina occurred.

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