Jindal taking heat for insisting ‘no-go zones’ exist

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Bobby Jindal remarks: Does two-year-old CNN report prove existence of ‘no-go zones’?.

I wonder how often Louisiana Gov. 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.

During his talk, Jindal said it was startling that any country would “allow, even unofficially, for a so-called ‘no-go zone.’” But when asked by CNN to name some specific no-go areas in an interview after the speech, Jindal floundered. The Republican, who is considering a presidential campaign in 2016, later defended – and repeated – the statement after facing reporters’ questions. If he had, he’d know that there’s no such thing as a “no-go zone” in London where sharia law applies and where religious police patrol the streets. The notion is absolute nonsense. “I knew that by speaking the truth we were going to make people upset,” Jindal told CNN, apparently confusing the difference between truth and utter, make-believe fairy-tale fantasy. “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,” said Jindal. “I think that’s dangerous.” What a small group of people might “want” to do is a far cry from what actually exists. There are neighborhoods where women do not feel comfortable walking without veils.” CNN’s Max Foster, too, asked Jindal to specify the “area, so we can look at it, because I haven’t heard of one.” Jindal responded, “I think your viewers know absolutely there are places where the police are less likely to go, they absolutely know there are neighborhoods where they wouldn’t feel comfortable.” Regarding Jindal’s reference to the report in the Daily Mail, Chief Inspector of Constabulary Tom Winsor told the newspaper, “There are cities in the Midlands where the police never go because they are never called.

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. 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. Steven Emerson, an American author who often is asked about terror networks, told Fox News that in Britain “there are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim, where non-Muslims just simply don’t go in”.

As someone who lived in London for three years during the past decade, and as someone who spent time in the North London neighborhoods I think Jindal is referring to, I can state unequivocally: He’s out of his mind if he really believes this. Fox News host Andrea Tantaros went a bit further in her definition: “There are broad swaths and pockets, as we know, of these ‘no-go zones’ that have Sharia law and they’re only going to get larger because of the fear to acknowledge it and fight it with policies that will stop these immigration tactics.” And terrorism expert Steve Emerson, on the Jan. 10 edition of “Justice with Judge Jeanine,” characterized them as “sort of safe havens. Jindal’s remarks come in the wake of the massacre by Islamic extremists at a Paris magazine’s offices and subsequent attack on a kosher supermarket in the city.

There are people here in London who will tell you there are neighbourhoods where the women don’t feel safe walking through those neighbourhoods without veils. 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. The CNN report in question, by correspondent Dan Rivers, provides a profile of … well, here’s how it was described in a teaser: “Sharia law in the heart of London, details of Muslim vigilantes harassing women, gays, people just out for a drink.” Rivers walked the streets of Whitechapel with the so-called Muslim patrol — yes, vigilantes who were out to harass people and make them follow their rules. “You cannot dress like that in Muslim area,” said one of the patrolmen to a woman dressed in a skirt. 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.

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