Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal pushed the widely debunked "no-go zones" myth in London on Jan. 19 and claimed that British women were afraid to enter some parts of certain cities without wearing an Islamic veil.
The "no-go zones" myths about France and the U.K., recently spread on Fox News by various commentators, claim that non-Muslims or police cannot enter certain parts of some cities, and that Islamic Sharia law is in effect.
Fox News retracted its claims on Jan. 17, noted MediaMatters.org.
But Tony Perkins, of the Christian-based Family Research Council, falsely claimed on Jan. 16 that there are “700 no-go zones” in France, and that Dearborn, Michigan and Minneapolis, Minnesota also have "no-go zones."
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According to RightWingWatch.org, Perkins was speaking to an anti-Muslim caller about "no-go zones" on his "Washington Watch" radio show (audio below).
"Let me talk about the 'no-go zones,' now some of that, we saw the effect of in France where they have like 700 no-go zones where authorities have allowed the basically Sharia law to be imposed," claimed Perkins. "There are some areas in this country that by in effect that has occurred. Dearborn, Michigan, one of the places, there are some places in Minneapolis, I don’t think it’s as clear cut as what we’ve seen in Europe, it’s been more again by the effect that that’s occurred.”
Sharia law has not been imposed in France and "no-go zones" don't exist, reported Bloomberg Business Week. The myth of "no-go zones" in France was created in 2006 by conservative commentator Daniel Pipes, who retracted his claim in 2013 and recently told Bloomberg Business Week that he no longer stands by his claim.
During an appearance on Fox News on Jan. 18, Perkins compared gay marriage to marrying a sibling during a discussion with same-sex marriage advocate and former Solicitor General Ted Olson, noted MediaMatters.org (video below).
"I mean if two people who love each other can get married, I guess, Ted is OK with the story out of New York magazine this week that an 18-year-old daughter wants to marry her biological father. I mean are you okay with that?" said Perkins.