Fox reverses but Jindal does not on Muslim ‘no-go zones’

Lousiana Gov. Bobby Jindal still says there areas in Europe that are off-limits to non-Muslims. (John Minchillo, AP)
Lousiana Gov. Bobby Jindal still says there areas in Europe that are off-limits to non-Muslims. (John Minchillo, AP)

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal continued Monday to warn of “no-go zones” in Europe where non-Muslims are unwelcome and residents are ruled by religious laws, even after Fox News declared that there is “no credible information” that such areas exist in France and England.

Jindal, a potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate, gave a speech in London on Monday warning 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 the prepared text that USA TODAY wrote about last week.

“It is startling to think that any country would allow, even unofficially, for a so called ‘no-go zone.’ The idea that a free country would allow for specific areas of its country to operate in an autonomous way that is not free and is in direct opposition to its laws is hard to fathom,” he said.

CNN reporter Max Foster challenged Jindal during an interview Monday, saying “I’ve lived here a long time; I don’t know of any no-go zones.”

Jindal stood firm. “I’ve heard from folks here that there are neighborhoods where women don’t feel comfortable going in without veils. That’s wrong. We all know that there are neighborhoods where police are less likely to go into,” he said.

“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 said.

But there is no evidence that such zones exist. A week ago, Fox News interviewed of the Steven Emerson of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, who that in parts of France, Britain, Sweden and Germany, Muslim immigrants have set up enclaves where the host nations “don’t exercise any sovereignty.”

Fox News anchor Julie Banderas apologized for those comments Sunday, saying that in regards to France and Britain, “There is no formal designation of these zones in either country … and no credible information to support the assertion that there are specific areas in these countries that exclude individuals based solely on their religion.”

“There are certainly areas of high crime in Europe as there are in the United States and other countries – where police and visitors enter with caution,” Banderas said. We deeply regret the errors and apologize to any and all who may have taken offense, including the people of France and England.”

Source: USA Today



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