Bobby Jindal unapologetic after Muslim ‘no-go zones’ comments

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Bobby Jindal unapologetic after Muslim ‘no-go zones’ comments.

Bobby Jindal, the Republican governor of Louisiana, claimed there were “no-go zones” for non-Muslims in British cities in a speech to the libertarian Henry Jackson Society in the House of Commons on Monday. Some countries have allowed Muslims to establish autonomous neighbourhoods in cities where they govern by a harsh version of Islamic law, Louisiana’s governor, Bobby Jindal, said on Monday during a speech in London.A senior US politician tipped as a possible presidential candidate has weighed into the controversy over alleged Muslim no-go areas in Europe claiming that some minority communities are seeking to “colonise” the West. The Republican, who is considering a presidential campaign in 2016, later defended – and repeated – the statement after facing reporters’ questions.

Bobby Jindal (R), as expected, traveled to London yesterday and delivered a striking set of remarks, arguing among other things, “It is startling to think that any country would allow, even unofficially, for a so-called ‘no-go zone.’” To briefly recap, far-right voices have pushed a line, amplified by conservative media, that in Britain and elsewhere, there are Muslim-majority communities in which non-Muslims – even local law enforcement – simply do not go. He said Muslim leaders must condemn people who carry out terror attacks in the name of jihad as “murderers who are going to hell”. “I knew that by speaking the truth we were going to make people upset,” he later told CNN. “The huge issue, the big issue in non-assimilation is the fact that you have people that want to come to our country but not adopt our values, not adopt our language and in some cases want to set apart their own enclaves and hold onto their own values.” The comments of Mr Jindal, 43, who is currently considering a run for the White House, followed similar comments by presenters on the Fox News channel, among them a now notorious claim that non-Muslims were not welcome in the city of Birmingham and that “Muslim religious police” enforce faith-based laws. I’ve lived here a long time; I don’t know of any ‘no-go zones.’” The Republican replied: “Well, I did say ‘so-called no-go zones.’ I think that the radical left absolutely wants to pretend like this problem is not here.

Pretending it’s not here won’t make it go away.” JINDAL: There are people here in London who will tell you there are neighborhoods where women don’t feel safe walking through those neighborhoods without veils. Mr Jindal, who served in the government of George W Bush, has been seeking to promote himself as a social conservative and define his brand in what is becoming an increasingly crowded field of early potential candidates for the Republican nomination.

When Jindal said there are dangerous parts of London where people are uncomfortable, Foster explained that there are areas with higher crime rates, but “it’s not because there are too many Muslims there.” Got it. He opposes abortion and gay marriage, and pushed for the creation of a voucher program in Louisiana that uses tax dollars to pay for children to attend religious schools.

The article did not give specific religious groups or towns. “The bigger point is that radical Islam is a threat to our way of life,” Jindal said. Asked if he regretted talking about “no-go zones”, Jindal replied: “Not at all.” Such rhetoric may help his standing among evangelical pastors, who have sway over many voters in early nominating states in the presidential race such as Iowa and South Carolina. He converted to Christianity from Hinduism and has been active in courting the support of conservtative Christians as he evaluates the prospect of a White House run.

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