It's not the kind of publicity Bobby Jindal was hoping to generate. In his London speech on the topic of the best way to combat radical Islam, the Louisiana governor and prospective presidential candidate spoke of so-called "no-go zones," alleged places where Muslim populations are so big and radicalized that non-Muslims fear to enter, or are prohibited to tread without proper religious head covering.
In remarks made before at the Henry Jackson Society, Jindal contended that Muslim immigrants in places like England and France are looking to "colonize Western countries, because setting up your own enclave and demanding recognition of a no-go zone are exactly that."
The idea, while frightening enough, has been the subject of ridicule by England's Prime Minister David Cameron, who said he "choked on his porridge" when he heard it floated during a Fox News broadcast in regards to the city of Birmingham. Apparently, Jindal did not catch Cameron's response, and was asked about the claim after the speech by CNN reporter Max Foster.
When pressed, Jindal could not name a single neighborhood where women were denied entrance unless, as he asserted, they wore the veil. Still, Jindal stuck by his claim.
"I know the left wants to make this into an attack on religion and that's not what this is," Jindal told CNN. "What we are saying it's absolutely and issue for the U.K., absolutely and issue for America and other European and Western nations."
Just a day earlier, Fox News issued a series of apologies over the remarks that drew Cameron's scorn, and said that there were, in fact, no such no-go zones.