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Fact-checking Gov. Jindal’s ‘no-go zone’ claims

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

Washington – Some countries have allowed Muslims to establish autonomous neighbourhoods in cities where they govern by a harsh version of Islamic law, Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal said on Monday during a speech in London. The Republican, who is considering a presidential campaign in 2016, later defended — and repeated — the statement after facing reporters’ questions about his claims. 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.

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. In a speech prepared for delivery at a British think tank, Jindal said some immigrants are seeking “to colonise 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. 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 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. During his return from The Philippines, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015,(Photo: Alessandra Tarantino/AP) ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis is firmly upholding church teaching banning contraception, but said Monday that Catholics don’t have to breed “like rabbits” and should instead practice “responsible parenting.” Speaking to reporters en route home from the Philippines, Francis said there are plenty of church-approved ways to regulate births. 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 … But he said most importantly, no outside institution should impose its views on regulating family size, blasting what he called the “ideological colonization” of the developing world.

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. His comments, taken together with his defense of the Catholic Church’s ban on artificial contraception during the trip, signal that he is increasingly showing his more conservative bent, which has largely been ignored by public opinion or obscured by a media narrative that has tended to highlight his populist persona. On the trip, Francis gave his strongest defense yet of the 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae, which enshrined the church’s opposition to artificial birth control. He warned against “insidious attacks” against the family — a reference to gay marriage proposals — echoing language often used by overwhelmingly conservative U.S. bishops. And he insisted that “openness to life is a condition of the sacrament of matrimony.” At the same time, however, he said it’s not true that to be a good Catholic “you have to be like rabbits.” On the contrary, he said “responsible parenthood” requires that couples regulate the births of their children, as church teaching allows.

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. During the Vatican’s recent meeting on the family, African bishops denounced how aid groups and lending institutions often condition their assistance on a country’s compliance with their ideals: allowing health care workers to distribute condoms, or withdrawing assistance if legislation discriminating against gays is passed. “When imposed conditions come from imperial colonizers, they search to make people lose their own identity and make a sameness,” he said. “This is ideological colonization.”

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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