Appearing on CNN this week, Shafi Khan told anchor Brooke Baldwin that recent remarks made by the two-term governor and others are “really, really starting to take a toll.”
“There is certain sections of the media and political apparatus that are constantly dehumanizing Muslims. I want to take a minute and ask people like Fox News and Bobby Jindal to stop the dehumanization of Muslims,” he said, without being prompted to specifically name-check Jindal. “These people need to reflect sincerely about what they’re doing to the social cohesion of this country.”
The governor’s office responded, calling the accusations “ridiculous.”
“This is not a time for politics,” Jindal spokeswoman Shannon Bates Dirmann said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of these victims as they deal with this awful tragedy.”
Jindal has frequently spoken of what he sees as the growing threat of “radical Islam.” He drew national headlines when he talked of “no-go zones,” enclaves that are ruled by strict Islamic law and where non-Muslims aren’t welcome.
Tuesday’s fatal shootings in Chapel Hill, N.C., have set off a wave of vigils and other remembrances for the three slain students — Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23; his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21; and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19 . Family members and others have characterized the shootings as a “hate crime” targeting them for being Muslim, while the police suspect a parking dispute was to blame.