Immigrants Should Assimilate, Muslims Imposing Sharia Law Shouldn't Be Tolerated, Bobby Jindal Says

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Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA) speaks during the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana June 17, 2011. |

Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal said Monday that the United States is not at war with Islam but "radical Islamic terrorists" and immigrants who want to impose Sharia law should not be tolerated.

"In the west I believe we have a responsibility to insist that those coming into our societies, those that come to our country, assimilate or integrate. You have the right to have whatever beliefs you want, you don't have the right to impose those beliefs in a way that infringes on the freedoms of other people," Jindal told the American Action Forum. "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. I fear if we don't insist on assimilation, we then go the way of Europe."

Jindal, a likely Republican presidential candidate for 2016, previously said that it was "completely reasonable for nations to discriminate between allowing people into their country who want to embrace their culture, or allowing people into their country who want to destroy their culture, or establish a separate culture within."

He went further to describe America as a salad bowl instead of a melting pot, meaning that people were no longer blended together but instead separate and yet making one unique dish. Jindal explained that the idea of a melting pot was "colonial" because people would melt together but that he wanted people to be able to keep their unique identities while in America.

He came out against Common Core, which he believed could lead to problems within American culture. During that particular speech, he referenced the speech in London in which he said it was reasonable for countries to discriminate against terrorists.

"Not that I believe that a majority of Muslims condone these barbaric acts being done in the name of their religion, but I did say that individual Muslim leaders have a responsibility to denounce, not just the acts of violence, but these individuals," Jindal said while in London.

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