Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) told the American Action Forum on Monday that the U.S. should consider banning immigrants who believe in radical Islam.
According to The Guardian, Gov. Jindal said the United States must not “discriminate against anybody" on the basis of race or religion, but ban people who would “use the freedoms we give them to undermine the freedoms we grant to everyone."
Gov. Jindal added, "So in other words we shouldn’t tolerate those who want to come and try to impose some variant of, some version of Sharia law."
He appeared on the Fox News' show "The Kelly File" on Wednesday and defended his position, noted Talking Points Memo (video below).
Gov. Jindal told host Megyn Kelly:
We don’t discriminate against anybody of any religion and certainly there are many Muslims who are proud patriotic Americans, and that’s great. But Megyn, it’s also true that there are radical Muslims, there are Muslims that want to treat women as second-class citizens, there are those who want to use our freedoms to undermine the freedoms of others. It makes no sense to let those types of folks come into our country.
"Who decides how far into Sharia law you have to be? Who decides who’s a radical Islamist and who’s just an Islamist?" Kelly asked.
Gov. Jindal didn't answer, but said that people have "the right to believe what you want as long as you’re not harming others, so as long as you’re not trying to limit the freedoms of other people."
He added that people do not have the right to come to the U.S. and say that they "think women should be treated as second class citizens."
However, Kelly reminded Gov. Jindal some religions besides Islam treat women "as second class citizens."
Gov. Jindal's own religion, Catholicism, has limits on women within the church, such as not allowing them to be priests, noted the Catholic News Service.
Gov. Jindal then slammed Europe where he claimed immigrants "don't assimilate." He asserted that immigrants coming to the U.S. should have to learn English and believe in "American exceptionalism," a conservative Christian belief that God has chosen America as an exceptional nation.
Kelly asked Gov. Jindal how he would enforce his rules, but he failed to give any specifics.