Oh the humanity indeed! Quin Hillyer’s recent column stumbles all over itself in its slavish attempt to extricate our beloved governor’s foot from being firmly implanted in his mouth.
For those of you who are not familiar with the situation, Gov. Bobby Jindal recently declared that certain parts of Europe are “no-go zones” where the police and private, non-Muslim citizens dare not tread.
Apparently, he got this particular bit of nonsense from (you guessed it) a Fox “News” report. A report — by the way — that was later retracted because it was 100 percent false. The original report stated that the city of Birmingham, England, is “totally Muslim.” This came as a shock to the mayor of Birmingham — a city that is 78 percent non-Muslim.
The entire population of Europe is only 6 percent Muslim.
Hillyer cites several sources in his defense of the governor’s stupidity (or is it purposeful ignorance?). One of these — Daniel Pipes, who coined the term “no-go zone” in regard to Muslim neighborhoods in Europe, wrote in a Jan. 22, 2014, article in National Review regarding supposed no-go zones that, “No warlords dominate; sharia is not the law of the land. I (Pipes) expressed regret back then for having used the term no-go zones.”
The article says there are neighborhoods in some European cities where Muslim culture has taken root. Pipes says these are areas where the cultural norms of the indigenous population are observed. However, the police still go there. They arrest criminals. Definitely NOT a no-go zone. No such thing exists.
Hillyer’s other sources — Claire Berlinski and the Gatestone Institute are equally unhelpful to his argument. Berlinski wrote in 2014 that we should “encourage Muslim immigration” to the West because they will assimilate and cease being a threat. Wait — won’t they just create no-go zones? Make up your mind.
The Gatestone Institute published an article in 2011 (cited by Hillyer) that warned that a group called Muslims Against the Crusades was trying to implement sharia in England and corrupt British youth into joining them. The actions of this group that were actually illegal got them banned in Britain. Just being a member of the group is now a crime. Later in 2011, about 20 of their members — probably the entire leadership — were arrested and nothing has been heard from them since.
That doesn’t sound much like the British no-go zone movement is really taking root, now does it?
All of these stories are demonstrably false. They have been refuted by government officials — particularly in Great Britain. The prime minister thought it was a joke.
Jindal should be ashamed of promoting such obvious GOP scare tactics.