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Fox News guest sorry for wrongly claiming Birmingham is 'totally Muslim'

Steve Emerson, who was on the show to discuss the Charlie Hebdo attack, claimed religious police roamed London streets ‘seriously wounding’ non-Muslims

Fox News guest sorry for wrongly claiming Birmingham is 'totally Muslim'

A Fox News commentator has apologised for saying the British city of Birmingham was “totally Muslim” and “non-Muslims just simply don't go in”.

Steve Emerson, who has run a group called The Investigative Project on Terrorism for 20 years and written several books about terrorism, also claimed religious police roamed London streets and “beat” and “wound seriously” people not dressed in Muslim dress.

He had been invited onto Fox News to talk about how to react to the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris by four Islamic extremists.

“In Britain, it's not just no-go zones … there are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim, where non-Muslims just simply don't go in,” Emerson said.

“And parts of London, there are actually Muslim religious police that actually beat and actually wound seriously anyone who doesn't dress according to Muslim, religious Muslim attire.”

Emerson also posted a transcript of the interview on his website, the Daily Mail said.

However it was removed when he realised his gross error.

In reality, 22 percent of the population of Birmingham are Muslim, according to the 2011 census. More than double that are Christian. There is also 10 other cities in the UK with a higher Muslim population than Birmingham.

“I have clearly made a terrible error for which I am deeply sorry,” Emerson told ITV News.

“My comments about Birmingham were totally in error, and I am issuing an apology and correction on my website immediately for having made this comment about the beautiful city of Birmingham.

“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.”

Emerson said he also would make a donation to the Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Billy 4 years ago

American ignorance is sometimes breathtaking. How did Fox News invite this imbecile onto their show in the first place?

MT3 4 years ago

"The beautiful city of Birmingham" - proof positive that this fool has never been there. He also seems to have a problem with the English language - when he uses the word error what he meant was fabrication, lie, misrepresentation, falsehood, deception - there are many synonyms he could have used but at the end of the day my friend you didn't make an error you made it all up in the name of sensationalism.