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Megyn Kelly Battles Governor Jindal Over Push To Prohibit Immigration Of Radical Islamists

03/19/2015 10:46 am ET | Updated Mar 20, 2015

Megyn Kelly went head to head with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) Wednesday night over his efforts to ban the immigration of Muslims who promote radical Islam.

On Monday, Jindal told listeners at the conservative American Action Forum that the United States should not allow any immigrants to enter the country who might "use the freedoms we give them to undermine the freedoms we grant to everyone."

Jindal has since come under fire from Muslim organizations because of his statements. Groups like the Muslim Public Affairs Council and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) have blasted Jindal's proposition as "fearmongering" and a "desperate attempt" for votes.

On Fox News' "The Kelly File" Wednesday night, Jindal clarified that his comments only referred to "radical Muslims," like those who "treat women as second-class citizens."

"Why would I want to allow people who want to kill Americans to come to America?" he said.

Kelly responded that she thought is was "controversial" for the governor to discriminate against anyone who believes in Islamic Sharia law.

“Who decides how far into Sharia law you have to be?" she asked. "Who decides who’s a radical Islamist and who’s just an Islamist?”

Jindal responded that as long as a person is not causing harm to another person, then they have a right to be in the U.S. They do not have the right, however, to come to the U.S. and impose certain strict beliefs like those regarding women and children, he said.

"Why don’t you have that right?" Kelly shot back. "Why not? This is a country with lots of crazy beliefs. And actually, some religions continue to treat women as second class citizens and it's not just some forms of Islam. Are we going to start banning everybody who doesn’t treat women or children or criminals for that matter the way we like?”

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