Gov. Jindal speaks to FoxNews on 'no-go zone' statements

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Governor Bobby Jindal went on a Fox News show, "Your World with Neil Cavuto," to explain himself and where he stands on recent statements stirring controversy. He stood firm in his "no-go zones" statements he made earlier in the week.

A "no-go" zone describes and area where supposedly radical religious law rules, and anyone not following that is unwelcome. It was a concept used in a story by Fox News, but the network eventually apologized and said the story of such a thing couldn't be verified. Host Neil Cavuto pointed that out to Jindal, but Jindal didn't budge.

Recently, Jindal has come under a lot of fire from critics, but he says he stands by his statements, knowing they would not be popular.

The media buzz the Governor has generated in the last week is not lost on political analyst and radio host Jim Engster.

"I think that the governor knows that publicity is a necessity, and there's the old axiom that no publicity is bad, but in this case he's staking a claim to the right wing of the Republican Party," said Engster.

Jindal said there are areas in London known as "no-go" zones where law enforcement officers are afraid to patrol and Islamic leaders control those neighborhoods.

"You can call them whatever term you want, but absolutely you have neighborhoods, communities of people that don't want to integrate, that don't want to assimilate," said Jindal on Fox News Wednesday. He went on to say they may be second, third or fourth generation where they have colonized to overtake the culture, and that is what is going to happen in America "if we're not careful."

Here are some excerpts from the conversation:

GOV. JINDAL: I think it's embarrassing the president doesn't want to use the word "terrorist" to describe these individuals or use the words "radical Islam." I hope and believe that the majority of Muslims do not share the views of these radical terrorists. But, I think it's time for the leaders to denounce the individuals, not just the acts of violence. I know the Left wants us to tiptoe around the truth. I'm not going to do it. Part of the president's job as the leader of our country and the leader of the free world is to speak clearly and honestly to us about the challenges we face. We're at war with radical Islam whether he wants to call it that or not. That is exactly the conflict we face. I know the Left is not going to like it. But Neil, I'm also ready for us to stop calling ourselves hyphenated Americans. I've talked about the responsibilities for Muslim leaders—we have responsibilities as well. We need to stop calling ourselves African-Americans, Indian-Americans - My parents came over here 40 years ago. They wanted their kids to be Americans. They love India, they love our heritage. If they wanted us to be Indians, they would have stayed in India. We also need to be teaching our kids in schools about American exceptionalism. We need to insist on English as our language in this country. I have nothing against anyone who wants to come here to be an American. But if people don't want to come here to integrate and assimilate, what they're really trying to do is set up their own culture and communities. What they're really trying to do is overturn our culture. We need to recognize that threat—what that threat is to us. If we don't, we'll see a replica of what's happening in Europe in America. We're going to see our own no go zones if we're not serious about insisting on assimilation and integration.

NEIL CAVUTO: You're not taking anything back?

GOV. JINDAL: Absolutely not. I wish that the president would join me in recognizing the threat we face.

This is getting a lot of attention, partly because Jindal is considering a run for the White House. But with budget problems in Louisiana, and now critics abroad, it could impact the Governor's political career.

Engster has little doubt that Jindal's media blitz is building up to a presidential campaign effort, but he is also quick to point out that the Governor still has business left in his home state that could come under fire in the national spotlight.

"The question is whether or not he can catapult himself to the presidency with a record that has some real questions and the questions are growing by the minute with the price of oil decreasing and the budget, on paper going down day by day by a significant amount," said Engster.

When asked about his intentions to run, the Governor has told reporters that he and his family are praying about the matter and will make a decision in the coming months.

Jindal will headline a prayer rally on the LSU campus on Saturday.

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