Muslim human rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar has reportedly been banned from MSNBC after he claimed on-air that Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal “might be trying to scrub some of the brown off of his skin” in his recent comments against radical Islam.
Mr. Iftikhar rebuked the Louisiana governor’s claim of there being Shariah-governed zones in France and England, saying, “I think Governor Jindal is protesting a bit too much.
“He might be trying to scrub some of the brown off of his skin as he runs to the right in a Republican presidential exploratory bid,” he said.
An MSNBC spokesperson told Mediaite Tuesday that Mr. Iftikhar would not be welcomed back to the network.
“We found this guest’s comments offensive and unacceptable and we don’t plan on inviting him back,” the spokesperson said.
Mr. Iftikhar, however, is sticking by his comments.
“I will apologize to Bobby Jindal when he apologizes to seven million American Muslims for advancing the debunked ‘Muslim no-go zones’ myth,” he said Monday, Mediaite reported.
MSNBC’s decision comes as the city of Paris prepares to sue Fox News for multiple reports describing “no-go zones” in Paris and England as supposedly being governed by Shariah law. Fox has since issued several on-air apologies for making “regrettable errors on-air regarding the Muslim population in Europe.”
“When we’re insulted, and when we’ve had an image, then I think we’ll have to sue, I think we’ll have to go to court, in order to have these words removed,” Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo told CNN Tuesday. “The image of Paris has been prejudiced, and the honor of Paris has been prejudiced.”