There is probably more good than bad coming out of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s frequent Sunday helicopter flights to churches in north Louisiana Bible Belt country, as reported in the Baton Rouge Advocate newspaper.

There is probably more good than bad coming out of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s frequent Sunday helicopter flights to churches in north Louisiana Bible Belt country, as reported in the Baton Rouge Advocate newspaper.


Any time someone goes to church, whether they drive or fly or go by boat, we feel it is good for the spiritual economy of humankind.


In the governor’s case, taxpayers are paying for it, and if they are offended by having to foot the estimated $1,200 an hour it costs to zip the governor off to far-flung churches up north, they should pick up the phone, call the governor and let him know.


We’re sure the governor is an astute enough politician that he would be willing to pick up the tab, or drive by car, or even stop visiting the churches if enough people call him and complain.


While the cost of the governor’s Sunday sojourns seems a minor issue, we do have other concerns.


Is the governor campaigning while in these churches, or just mingling and praying with those he mingles with?


Does the governor discuss controversial issues such as creationism, the bullet train from Baton Rouge to New Orleans, or simply Christian matters of clear universal benefit to all humankind?


Is the governor visiting churches of all races and denominations?


Does the governor contribute equally to the coffers of all the churches he visits, or more to those where his political support is greater?


Does the governor expect anything in return for his visits to the north Louisiana churches?


Does the governor act the same way at all of the churches, maintaining the demeanor he keeps at his own church, or does he tailor his presentations, as politicians are noted for doing when they campaign or hold town hall meetings?


Does the governor answer political questions at the churches he visits, or does he steer the dialogue to Christian topics?


Does the governor meet with members of the various churches after church, and do the topics become more political in nature at these sessions?


If the governor does hold political court after church, does he accept campaign contributions?


Is the governor acting for the benefit of all of Louisiana and all of Christendom when he visits the churches?


While we believe that it is possible for a governor or a president or anyone to be reasonably non-political in the church where they regularly worship, we wonder if Gov. Jindal, or any politician, is able to do this while routinely visiting many churches by helicopter on Sunday mornings.


Perhaps the governor will one day soon let a fellow Christian, one who works for the mainstream media, travel along on one of the church- bound helicopter flights.


It might be a way to determine, before someone gets a black eye, whether the governor’s grassroots religion and grassroots politics hybrid church meetings at taxpayer expense are good for the state.


Weekly Citizen