I would not be surprised at anything weird Jindal would do, and this sounds typical of the genre. I've passed through Louisiana a few times and with the exception of Coon-Ass cooking and New Orleans Jazz, the state is a backwoods swampy hell-hole in my opinion.
Since you're in the houston area, google "Houston Atheist MeetUp group" and join up. They are a large group with a lot of activities; I think you'll like what you see. I'm on their email list but it's too fr away from Decatur up NNE of Fort Worth for me to go except if I happen to be in Houston at the time.
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