Some countries have allowed Muslims to establish autonomous neighborhoods in cities where they govern by a harsh version of Islamic law, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said on Monday at 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.
In a speech prepared for delivery at a British think tank, Jindal said some immigrants are seeking “to colonize 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.
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.”
Prime Minister David Cameron responded by calling Emerson a “complete idiot.”
Emerson later apologized and said his comments “were totally in error.” Fox News also issued apologies for broadcasting the comments.
Jindal, however, used similar rhetoric during a speech, warning of “no-go zones” in London and other Western cities
“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.”