(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/19/15) â€“ The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today questioned why Louisiana Governor and presidential hopeful Bobby Jindal would repeat the now-discredited and universally mocked claim that Muslims in Europe have set up so-called “no-go zones” that people of other faiths and police are not allowed to enter.
In a speech delivered today in London, Jindal claimed, “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.” He added that “it is startling to think that any country would allow, even unofficially, for a so-called 'no-go zone.'”
When pressed to provide examples of “no-go zones,” Jindal could not offer specifics to support his claim.
Over the weekend, Fox News was forced to apologize several times for a similar “no-go zone” claim made by self-proclaimed terrorism 'expert' Steven Emerson. In response to Emerson's claim, British Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Frankly I choked on my porridge and thought it must be April's Fools Day. This guy is clearly a complete idiot.”
CAIR: Fox News Apologizes for False Claims of Muslim-Only Areas in England and France (NY Times)
Video: Fox News Admits There is No Such Thing as Muslim 'No-Go-Zones' in Europe
Video: Fox's Judge Jeanine Has to Apologize for Steven Emerson's False 'No-Go-Zone' Claim
Video: Fox News Apologizes Again, This Time for Fake Muslim 'No-Go-Zone' Map
“It is sad that competition for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination is kicking off with Muslim bashing,” said Corey Saylor, director of CAIR's Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia. “Governor Jindal's decision to repeat the already discredited no-go zone allegation is embarrassing to our nation and to his potential presidential campaign.”
Also today, CAIR released a video of its National Executive Director Nihad Awad speaking at a vigil Sunday in Washington, D.C., for the victims of the terrorist group Boko Haram.
A CAIR representative today appeared on MSNBC to discuss reaction in the Muslim world to the latest Charlie Hebdo cartoon.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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