Bobby Jindal Stands by His Criticism of ‘no-go’ zones in Europe

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Bobby Jindal claims London has Muslim-only ‘no-go zones,’ meets skepticism.

Washington — Some countries have allowed Muslims to establish autonomous neighborhoods in cities where they govern by a harsh version of Islamic law, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Monday decried the prospect of so-called “no-go zones,” in which countries supposedly give up local control of certain areas to autonomous Muslim immigrants, days after Fox News issued several corrections in the wake of a guest’s assertion that such areas exist in places like Britain and France. Bobby Jindal (R) gave a talk on Islamic extremism to the conservative Henry Jackson Society, discussing among other things “no-go zones” in the U.K. and elsewhere in Europe, where Muslims allegedly administer their own law and police and non-Muslims don’t enter. The Republican, who is considering a presidential campaign in 2016, later defended — and repeated — the statement after facing reporters’ questions about his claims.

In a speech prepared for delivery at a British think tank, Jindal said some immigrants are seeking “to colonize Western countries, because setting up your own enclave and demanding recognition of a no-go zone are exactly that.” He also said Muslim leaders must condemn the people who commit terrorism in the name of faith as “murderers who are going to hell.” The claims on “no-go zones” are similar to those a Fox News guest made last week about places where non-Muslims were not welcome in parts of the United Kingdom such as Birmingham, and “Muslim religious police” enforce faith-based laws. Jindal said that “in the west, non-assimilationist Muslims establish enclaves and carry out as much of Sharia law as they can without regard for the laws of the democratic countries which provided them a new home,” according to prepared remarks. “It is startling to think that any country would allow, even unofficially, for a so called ‘no-go zone,’” Mr.

But pressed for specific examples of such no-go zones, Jindal demurred, saying he had met with “elected officials and others” to discuss them and noted a report in UK tabloid the Daily Mail that purported to highlight the challenges facing law enforcement in such areas. Jindal was also unable to offer examples during an earlier interview with CNN’s Max Foster, saying that he’s “heard from folks here that there are neighborhoods where women don’t feel comfortable going in without veils … Pretending it’s not here won’t make it go away,” he told Foster. “I know the Left wants to make this into an attack on religion and that’s not what this is.

Muslim leaders need to “condemn anyone who commits these acts of violence, and clearly state that these people are evil and are enemies of Islam,” he added. Fox News, however, issued a formal apology for the remarks, with host Julie Banderas retracting the comments as “regrettable errors” and saying the network “deeply regret[s] the errors and apologize[s] to any and all who may have taken offense.” But a Jindal aide said the governor stuck largely to the text as prepared, which included the criticism of the zones. And the remarks have drawn praise from conservatives and national media attention at a time when the potential presidential contender is looking to raise his profile in time for a White House bid. “It is the toughest speech I have read on the whole issue of Islamic radicalism and its destructive, murdering, barbarous ways which are upsetting the entire world,” Kudlow wrote in an op-ed.

Democrats, though, knocked Jindal, with Democratic National Committee spokeswoman Rebecca Chalif telling CNN Jindal “butcher[ed] the facts” in the address. “It’s no surprise that Bobby Jindal would go abroad and butcher the facts in an effort to divide people — this is exactly what we’ve come to expect from Jindal here at home,” she said. “Jindal is just embarrassing himself. He is abroad while Louisiana is facing a budget crisis of his own making — he can’t even govern his state, he is the last person we want wading into foreign policy.”

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