Bobby Jindal: ‘Let’s Be Honest Here, Islam Has A Problem’

Alex Pappas Political Reporter
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As Islamic terrorists launch attacks across the globe, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal plans to call on Muslim leaders to publicly condemn these “acts of barbarism,” declaring: “Let’s be honest here, Islam has a problem.”

“If Islam does not support what is happening in the name of Islam, then they need to stand up and stop it,” Jindal says in prepared remarks released by his office ahead of his Monday speech in London. “Many Islamic leaders argue that these are the acts of a radical few.”

“I will warn you in advance that I’m going to say some things that are not politically correct, so brace yourselves,” Jindal, a potential Republican candidate for president, will say at the Henry Jackson Society on Monday.

“To be clear, I have no interest in defaming any religion, nor do I have any interest in assigning the maniacal acts of radical Islamists to millions of Muslims worldwide,” Jindal says. “I’m interested only in dealing with reality and facts.”

“And the fact is that radical Islamists do not believe in freedom or common decency nor are they willing to accommodate them in any way and anywhere,” Jindal says. “We need to stop pretending otherwise.”

The governor will say “we are fools to pretend otherwise.”

“How many Muslims in this world agree with these radicals?” Jindal says. “I have no idea, I hope it is a small minority. But it is clear that far too many do, and it is clear that they must be stopped.”

Jindal will say that Muslim leaders need to emphasize that anyone who would commit “acts of terror in the name of Islam is in fact not practicing Islam at all.”

“If they refuse to say this, then they are condoning these acts of barbarism,” Jindal says. “There is no middle ground.”

In the speech, Jindal also takes aim at Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic candidate for president in 2016, referencing her recent remarks that America should empathize with its enemies’ perspectives.

“Well, yes, understanding our enemies as a means of destroying them, I’m all for that,” Jindal will say. “But empathizing with them as if perhaps we can find some common ground, I have no interest in that kind of mindless naiveté.”

Says Jindal: “Let me be blunt about this. I want America’s allies to trust us and respect us, and I want our enemies to fear us. Every day our enemies spend their time trying to avoid our justice is a day they are not plotting against us. And I fear that in recent years this has not been the case.”

Jindal will also go on to attack the “Left in America” for discouraging assimilation when immigrants come to the United States.

“There was once a time when it was taken for granted in America that people who came to our country were coming to America to be Americans,” Jindal will say. “But over time, a different philosophy has crept in, and that philosophy now dominates the thinking of the American Left, and perhaps even the mainstream of thinking in Europe.

“This philosophy holds the view that it is wrong to expect assimilation, that assimilation is colonialist, assimilation is backward, and assimilation is in fact evidence of cultural bigotry and insensitivity.

“They think it is wrong to expect that people who chose to immigrate to your country should be expected to endorse and abide by your laws.

“They think it is unenlightened, discriminatory, and even racist to expect immigrants to endorse and assimilate into the culture in their new country.

“This is complete rubbish.”

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