In an address before the conservative Henry Jackson Society in London last week, Jindal warned of so-called Muslim “no-go zones” in the West—areas in which “non-assimilationist Muslims establish enclaves and carry out as much of Sharia law as they can.”
POLITICO Bobby Jindal, who was born a Hindu, has a Muslim problem. The Louisiana governor and potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate has been repeating a “lie” that even Fox News was forced to apologize for. (But it isn’t a lie. FOX News only apologized because the Saudis are investors in FOX’s parent company, News Corp.)
Jindal has since doubled down on the claim, even after being pressed for evidence by a British journalist. Jindal asserted that no-go zones “absolutely is an issue for the UK [and] absolutely is an issue for America and other European [or] Western nations.” (See links below videos for proof)
It’s a sad thing to say for a Hindu convert to Christianity who changed his name from “Piyush” to “Bobby” and paints himself as a model immigrant, but Muslim-baiting is a key part of Jindal’s pitch to a demographic that he is aggressively courting: evangelical conservatives.
In the wake of the 9/11 attacks and in the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003, evangelical Christians became America’s most ardent supporters of wars in Muslim lands. Eighty-seven percent of white evangelical Christians surveyed in early 2003 supported the Iraq war—compared with 78 percent of white Americans overall and just 29 percent of black Americans.
Evangelical support for the Iraq war was higher than that of mainline Protestant denominations. White evangelicals, more than any other religious demographic, have consistently been the most likely to support torture (the targets of which will invariably be Muslim).
Evangelicals tend to see America’s challenge with jihadism not as part of a war with a radical strain within the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims, but as part of a broader war between the Christian (or Judeo-Christian) West and Islam.
The evangelical idea that this is a war of religions is best demonstrated by the Rev. Franklin Graham, who—in the wake of the jihadist slaughter of cartoonists and Jews in Paris earlier this month—invited Muslims to convert to Christianity during an appearance of Fox News’s Sean Hannity Show. Hannity, a Catholic with a soft side for evangelical Christianity, neither interrupted Graham nor reprimanded him. He gave him full license to engage in a display of religious bravado and chest thumping through unabashed proselytization.
Evangelical Islamophobia is distinct. It’s a whole other world when it comes to other Christian denominations, which are making the best displays of American pluralism when it comes to their engagement of Muslims.
America’s oldest Catholic higher education institution, Georgetown University, has been a leader in promoting dialogue between Christians and Muslims.
Last November, in an exemplary sign of tolerance, the Washington National Cathedral, which is affiliated with the Episcopal Church, hosted Friday prayer services for area Muslims.
This month, Duke University’s associate dean for religious life, a Christian, invited the university’s Muslim chaplain to conduct the Muslim call to prayer from the top of the school’s chapel. But they were forced to make more modest arrangements after a national backlash spurred in part by a Facebook post by Rev. Graham.
Over the past three decades, America has been home to growing interfaith dialogue and cooperation between Muslims and Catholic, mainline Protestant, and reform and leftist Jewish communities. But among evangelicals, there is a growing anti-Muslim subculture.
This isn’t simply a reaction to terrorism perpetrated by jihadists or the undeniable persecution of Christians in Muslim-majority countries. Evangelicals are being taught to suspect and disdain peaceful Muslims who live in their own country. And that culture of fear is exactly what Jindal is playing into.
There’s a cottage industry of terrorism experts and ex-Muslims who speak at evangelical churches and conferences warning about imaginary Muslim plots to take over the United States and establish “sharia law.”
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