“In Britain, it’s not just no-go zone, there are actual cities like Birmingham, that are totally Muslim, where non-muslims just simply don’t go in.”

steven_emerson-620x412These are the words that are shooting around social media right now, the perhaps somewhat misguided words of one Steven Emerson, an American journalist and supposed “Terrorist Expert”, whatever that means.

In a Fox News report, the award-winning Executive Director of Investigative Project on Terrorism, an organisation focused on gathering information on terrorist groups that claim to be of Islamic faith, states that Birmingham is a no-go zone for individuals that are not Muslim, and that in certain areas in London, there are “Muslims religion police that actually beat, and actually wound, seriously, anyone who doesn’t dress according to religious Muslim attire”.

Fair enough, this claim about Birmingham is hilarious, and Fox News have done what they always do, entertain commotion, however, it’s probably a cause for concern too, considering this is coming from an ‘educated’ individual with such responsibility and presence in American media, and being viewed by millions. (Fingers crossed majority will find it laughable!)

As of Census data collected in 2011, 21.8% of Birmingham’s population identify themselves as Islamic, a considerable amount, but far from surprising, as we all know this city is full of cultural diversity and we’re proud of that, it makes us who we are. In fact our city attracted more tourists in the last year than ever before, and this is expected to grow even more in the coming years.

Normally, it’s probably best just to ignore this type of ignorance, but sometimes, it’s just too hilarious to miss. Fox never fails to entertain hey?

Video Credit : Stephen Walmsley

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