In Stopping into Detroit Lakes, Newberger ready to take on Klobuchar, Nathan Bowe reports for DL Online:
Although he's an old-school Republican, he takes a strong stance on new Republican issues, and wants to freeze the admittance of refugees into Minnesota and warns of the dangers of sharia law and police "no-go" zones in cities like Dearborn, Michigan.
Once upon a time in 2015, David Graham wrote in the Atlantic's Why the Muslim 'No-Go-Zone' Myth Won't Die:
Have you heard about the areas of Europe, or perhaps even of the United States, that are run by jihadists and which non-Muslims can't even enter?
Don't get too worried if you haven't: They don't exist. Or maybe you have, if you watch Fox News or read snippets of Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's speech about Islamic extremism. While politics is rife with falsehoods, myths, and baseless rumors, it's often tough to see exactly where a claim comes from, and how it reaches a wider audience—including, for example, a Republican governor with apparent presidential aspirations and a reputation as a sober policy wonk. Here, however, it's possible to follow forensic traces and see how some small elements of truth metastasized into an outlandish claim. . . .
Meanwhile, the meme can be seen extending to the United States. Truth Uncensored reports, incorrectly, that there are no-go zones stateside, including in places like Dearborn, Michigan, a Detroit suburb with a large Muslim population. Conservative Tribune even posts a map that allegedly shows no-go zones controlled by Islamists across the United States. I can't tell where the map originally came from, but it cites data from Steven Emerson, the Fox expert who apologized for his no-go-zone comments. And the map is posted elsewhere on the Internet, labeled as everything from a map of terrorist camps (apparently al-Qaeda is big in Boca Raton—alert your grandparents!) to areas with concentrated Muslim populations.
There's a lot of this balderdash floating around. The City Pages reported in 2015's Tony Perkins Thinks Islamic Law Has Overtaken Parts of Minneapolis:
During a recent segment of the FRC- produced Washington Watch, a caller told Perkins about "no-go zones," areas where Muslims are "doing military-type training in Virginia and New York." . . .
Perkins responded by saying he too had heard of such rumors.
Perkins added, "They have like 700 no-go zones [in France] where authorities have allowed Sharia law to be imposed. There are some areas in this country that in effect that has occurred. Dearborn, Michigan, is one of the places, there are some places in Minneapolis...."
Newberger himself is know for nincompoopery of this sort, as we noted in In a perfect world, state rep Jim Newberger's challenge to Klobuchar would be a sure thing. Newberger's obsession with Canada Goose poop may have inspired Jeff Backer's fantasies on the subject
Last year, City Pages' Mike Mullen asked Are Rep. Jim Newberger's ideas bad enough for the United States Senate? This latest bad idea may help answer the question.
Photo: Jim Newberger's pointy finger.
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