Steven Emerson (right) on Fox News
AN AMERICAN commentator on terrorism was forced to apologise for describing Birmingham as a “Muslim-only city” where non-Muslims “don’t go in”.
Steven Emerson who was speaking open Fox News also claimed that religious police in London beat “anyone who doesn’t dress according to Muslim, religious Muslim attire”.
He later issued an apology for his “terrible error” but many on social media have been using the hashtag #FoxNewsFacts to ridicule his comments.
“I was supposed to go to Birmingham last week but I forgot my passport,” said one tweeter.
DJ Nihal tweeted: “After watching Fox News I will not be visiting Birmingham. I have received threats from the Talibrum.
Some accused him on his investigative website of “speaking nonsense” and called his claims “utter rubbish”. According to the 2011 census, 22 per cent of Brummies in the city are Muslim, fewer than half of the 46 per cent who regard themselves as Christian.
Emerson, who founded a group called The Investigative Project on Terrorism, was giving his perspective on the terror attacks in France to Fox presenter Jeanine Pirro. Emerson said he would be issuing an apology on his website for “this comment about the beautiful city of Birmingham”.
He said: “I have clearly made a terrible error for which I am deeply sorry. My comments about Birmingham were totally in error.
“I do not intend to justify or mitigate my mistake by stating that I had relied on other sources because I should have been much more careful.
“There was no excuse for making this mistake and I owe an apology to every resident of Birmingham.”
He said he would be pledging a donation to the Birmingham Children’s Hospital.