Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Monday sharply criticized so-called Muslim “no-go zones,” just two days after Fox News apologized for discussing them without any evidence to prove they exist.
“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,” Jindal said in a speech to London’s Henry Jackson Society, as quoted by CNN. “It is startling to think that any country would allow, even unofficially, for a so called ‘no go zone.’”
Fox News terrorism expert Steven Emerson used the term “no-go zone” earlier this month to refer to areas allegedly under Muslim control and where non-Muslims do not enter, falsely citing Birmingham, England as an example. Emerson quickly apologized, and Fox News issued a rare on-air retraction Saturday stating there is “no credible information to support the assertion that there are specific areas in these countries that exclude individuals based solely on their religion.”
Jindal doubled down on his comments in an interview with CNN’s Max Foster after the speech.
“There are people here in London that will tell you there are neighborhoods where the women don’t feel safe walking through those neighborhoods without veils,” he said. “There are neighborhoods where the police are less likely to go.”
Foster, a British reporter, said he’d never heard of any area where the Muslim population discouraged non-Muslims from entering and asked Jindal to name the neighborhoods he was referring to. When Jindal didn’t offer those specifics, Foster asked Jindal whether London residents may feel uncomfortable in certain neighborhoods because of high crime rates.
“Look, I know the Left wants to make this into an attack on religion and that’s not what this is,” Jindal said. “What we are saying it’s absolutely an issue for the UK, absolutely is an issue for America and other European and Western nations.”
This post has been updated.