Recently Fox News anchors Julie Banderas and Judge Janine Pirro had to apologize for saying that there were no-go zones in France where Sharia law was practiced and outsiders were not allowed in: Fox News issued an unusual on-air apology on Saturday night for having allowed its anchors and guests to repeat the false claim that there are Muslim-only “no-go zones” in European countries like England and France that are not under the control of the state and are ruled according to Shariah law.
The statement was referred to as “a correction” by the Fox Report host Julie Banderas, who said that “over the course of this last week, we have made some regrettable errors on air regarding the Muslim population in Europe, particularly with regard to England and France.”
“Now this applies especially to discussions of so-called no-go zones, areas where non-Muslims allegedly are not allowed in and police supposedly won’t go,” Ms. Banderas continued. “To be clear, there is no formal designation of these zones in either country and no credible information to support the assertion that there are specific areas in these countries that exclude individuals based solely on their religion.”
Their information came from a source named Steve Emerson who is self proclaimed expert on Islamic terrorism.
The broader apology on Saturday, read by Ms. Banderas, came after a week of pressure from a French television host, Yann Barthès, whose comedic news program “Le Petit Journal,” found example after example of the claim being made again and again by anchors and guests on other Fox News programs.
Mr. Barthès even sent a crew to several areas of Paris identified on a map by Fox as “no-go zones” to ask residents if their neighborhoods really did resemble Iraq and Afghanistan, as a guest on “Fox & Friends” had suggested.
There you have it! Pressure from a comedian in France who has a satirical TV show criticized Fox all week and sent crews out to disclaim Fox’s claims. A comedian on a satirical show and FOX folds like a cheap camera. Something smells fishy to me here. I think there was pressure from other sources like our own administration and the muslim community at large to soften the image for moderate muslims.
Whether true or not in France, I have seen reports in this country from reliable sources other than FOX over the last several years that show at least 30 such sites in the U.S. in states such as Virgina, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas and Arizona.
I read about one site is named Islamaburg in New York State and has armed guards outside it and women dressed in black burkas. It is located back in the deep woods and has two roads leading into it. One is called Mecca and the other is called Medina. When a person dies they send the body out to a mortuary then have it sent back to them.
More than 2.6 million Muslim adherents and 2,106 congregations were reported in 592 congregations across the country. One of the most active recruiting grounds for Islam in the USA is in university campuses where many groups have well funded and organized student programs. Key organizations such as CAIR, the Islamic Society of North America, Muslim Students Association of USA, provide religious training, education, and support to Muslim communities and campuses throughout the country.
So if there are such communities in this country why not France and other European countries where muslims are advancing rapidly?
To see videos of FOX’s Banderas and Pirro apologizing click on the link below.