Conservative politicians seem eager to latch on to this new theory that Muslim communities have established “no-go” zones in Europe in which each nation’s laws do not apply and in which non-Muslims cannot go. While it sounds considerably akin to previous deeply prejudiced “theories” about individual groups (Gypsies, Jews, and so forth) and their secret powers, politicians seem oddly excited by the premise.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a potential candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, will give a speech Monday in London and reiterate the disputed claim that Muslim immigrants have created “no-go zones” in Europe where non-Muslims are not welcome.An advance text [reads] “In the West, non-assimilationist Muslims establish enclaves and carry out as much of Sharia law as they can without regard for the laws of the democratic countries which provided them a new home,” Jindal’s text reads. “It is startling to think that any country would allow, even unofficially, for a so called ‘no-go zone.’ The idea that a free country would allow for specific areas of its country to operate in an autonomous way that is not free and is in direct opposition to its laws is hard to fathom.”
This is, of course, bunk. Nobody has yet to point to one of these supposed “no-go” zones, and the Fox News guest “expert” who first claimed it has had to apologize publicly after he claimed Birmingham was one of the British cities where non-Muslims could not tread. Fox News itself is planning a too-rare correction. None of this will affect Bobby Jindal, no doubt, because the concept of “no-go” zones where Sharia law rules and Muslims run wild, unaccountable and uncontrolled, is so deeply satisfying to the psyches of the bigoted that it will be presumed true regardless of any evidence to the contrary. It is the new version of the knockout game, a shorthand way to express the deep dangers presented by the mere presence of the other and a supposed demonstration of how the rule of law is powerless to stop that other from invading your neighborhood and, eventually, overthrowing the rest of polite society. Bobby Jindal may not believe in volcanoes, but he certainly believes rampaging Sharia-imposing Muslims have colonized entire cities and effectively seceded from the nations that contain them.So what, exactly, do these “no-go zones” consist of? Are they sundown towns? Are they towns in which any two-bit huckster can start a mosque with little fuss, but in which residents seeking to assemble for Christian worship are met with enraged Muslim neighbors demanding that there will be no church in their city? Do Muslims stand outside city hall with big, badly lettered signs while screaming that Christianity is not a true religion? Which laws, specifically, do not apply in these zones?
There are probably hundreds if not thousands of reporters who would be eager to visit one of these “no-go zones,” or at least gaze over the wire fences and report on what they see. Pipe up, Bobby. If you’re going to wander over to London and claim there are “no-go zones” in Europe in which a nation’s laws no longer apply, surely you ought to be able to name one.