Louisiana’s Republican governor, Bobby Jindal, who converted from Hinduism to Christianity, said that as the New Testament makes clear, “our God wins, He beats death, He beats Satan,” and Jindal also challenged Muslim leaders to publicly denounce radical Islamic terrorists by name, telling the world that these persons are “not martyrs” and that they “are going straight to Hell.”
Jindal, whose parents are immigrants from India, also criticized President Barack Obama for not using the words “radical Islamic terrorism, which is what it is,” and said that many people in the “academic elite, the media elite” do not “want to proclaim our values” or “teach our Judeo-Christian heritage in our schools,” which “weakens us.”
Jindal, who earned a Master’s degree in political science at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, made his remarks during a Jan. 26 radio interview with Tony Perkins, the host of Washington Watch, and president of the Family Research Council.
Jindal was echoing some of the comments he had made on Jan. 24 at a Day of Prayer rally at Louisiana State University. As he told host Tony Perkins, ““I don’t know what offended the liberals more, the fact that I called radical Islamic terrorism what it is, by its name, or the fact that now that I’ve called for a spiritual revival.”
“I actually said on the stage to thousands of people – in the PMAC, in the basketball arena on LSU’s campus – that our God wins,” said Jindal. “At the end, in the last pages of the Book, our God wins. He beats death, He beats Satan, the tomb is empty, He’s not on the Cross.”
“I’m unapologetic about proclaiming the need in our country -- and I’m happy when my party wins, and I’m happy when my teams win – but at the end of the day, we need a spiritual revival,” said the governor. “There’s not a politician who can fix all the problems that face our country.”
Jindal then noted that President Barack Obama apparently is incapable of saying the words “radical Islamic terrorism.”
“Let’s start with the comments in London,” said Jindal, who was in that city on Jan. 18 to deliver a speech on Islamic terrorism. “I talked about the radical Islamic terrorist threat and it’s unfortunate that the president doesn’t seem to like to use those words. You will not hear him talk about terrorism very often, you will not hear him call it radical Islamic terrorism, which is what it is.”
Jindal recounted that he is calling on Muslim leaders who do not support violence to speak out, not just against terrorism in general, but against the specific individuals who preach it and practice it.
“I said to Muslim leaders, I said you’ve got a responsibility, Islam has a problem here,” remarked Jindal. “Muslim leaders, it’s not enough to condemn acts of violence, you’ve got to condemn the individuals, you need to publicly and privately, and every other way, say these individuals are not martyrs, they’re not going to enjoy a reward in the after life, they are going straight to Hell.”
“These are monsters,” he said. “They’re using military tactics to kill innocent civilians. It’s not enough to just denounce violence in general.”
Jindal then explained that despite claims by left-wingers and some in the liberal media that “no-go zones” do not exist, there are neighborhoods in England and France and the Netherlands where sharia (Islamic law) is so dominant that some citizens and even the police are reluctant to enter. They are neighborhoods that many citizens avoid.
“But then the second point, getting to the no-go zones, I also said to Western leaders, we must demand and insist on assimilation, integration from those who want to come into our country,” said Jindal. “It’s not – it used to be we called America the ‘great melting pot.’ We used to say you have to learn English, you have to agree to our values. And unfortunately, what you see in the UK, you see in France, you see in other parts of Europe, you see these no-go zones.”
“These are areas where they’re trying to impose sharia law, these are areas where women feel uncomfortable when they walk through these neighborhoods without veils, these are areas where the police are less likely to go,” said Jindal. “These are areas where oftentimes crimes are underreported, serious crimes.”
“You know, the left seized on this [issue] and, I don’t care, they try to play semantic games,” said the governor. “I don’t care what you call them. Some of them have [garbled] sectors. The French have ‘sensitive urban zones,’ that’s what they say in French. Whatever you want to say, the point is this: It is not acceptable for individuals to come into Western society and refuse to abide by our values. It’s just common sense to me. If you don’t want to be an American, don’t come to America.”
To combat the radical Islamic threat and the politically correct blindness of the left, Jindal stressed that Western, Judeo-Christian principles, ideas, and values must be emphasized in America and that heritage taught in the schools.
“The reality is that one of the biggest threats to our country comes from within, not from the outside but from the inside.,” said Jindal. “We’re no longer, unfortunately, too many in the West, especially in the academic elite, the media elite for some reason don’t want to proclaim American exceptionalism.”
“They don’t want to proclaim our values,” he said. “They don’t want to teach our Judeo-Christian heritage in our schools. They don’t want to insist on English as our language. That weakens us. And if we’re not careful, the same no-go zones you’re seeing now in Europe will come to America.”
“So, this is a call to action, not only for leaders in the Muslim community but also for us in America, as well as in Western Europe and our allies,” said Jindal. “We’ve got to insist. It’s just common sense. If you’re coming to our country, if you want to live in our society, you have to adopt our values.”
Bobby Jindal, the 55th governor of Louisiana, is married and has three children. At his Day of Prayer on Jan. 24, Jindal, who is a Catholic, credited evangelical pastor Billy Graham as the deciding influence in his conversion to Christianity.