Gotta say the Grumbles thoroughly enjoy Fox News and its unabashed lean to the right. That’s the way Radio NZ should lean and Alf can well understand why the Government hasn’t increased their budget for the past few years.
But Alf is not blind to Fox’s cavalier disregard for facts.
He was not surprised,, therefore, when a so-called ‘terrorism expert’ popped up to say everyone in Birmingham is a Muslim and non-Muslims “simply don’t go” into Britain’s second largest city.
Yep. It’s bollocks. But a bit of bollocks is more than compensated for by the blatant lean in favour of Alf’s world view politically.
On this occasion, fair to say, the terrorism expert turned out to be more an errorism expert.
His flair for talking pure bollocks, naturally, came to the attention of a mocking British press.
According to the Telegraph’s report:
An American “terrorism expert” on the right-wing Fox News channel has declared that Birmingham is “a totally Muslim” city “where non-Muslims just simply don’t go”.
Steve Emerson made the claim, which may come as a surprise to the hundreds of thousands of non-Muslim residents of Britain’s second-largest city, during a television discussion about no-go zones in Europe where Muslims are apparently in complete control.
“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,” he said.
According to The Telegraph, it is Emerson who describes himself as “an internationally recognised expert on terrorism”.
He described Birmingham as one of a number of European cities “where sharia courts were set up, where Muslim density is very intense, where the police don’t go in, and where it’s basically a separate country almost, a country within a country.”
Emerson is a regular contributor to Fox News and was appearing on Judge Pirro, a show hosted by the failed Republican politician Jeanine Pirro.
The facts that were swept aside in this attempt to win brownie points from a Muslim-hostile audience that includes The Dirty Digger include these stats from the city council:
* Over 1 Million people live in Birmingham. The latest estimate is 1,085,400, (based on the 2012 mid-year population estimate).
* Around 42% of our residents were from an ethnic group other than White.
* 46.1% of Birmingham residents said they were Christian, 21.8% Muslim and 19.3% had no religion.
* 22% of our residents were born outside the UK, compared with 14% in England and 11% in the West Midlands region.
But never mind the facts, because the fuck-witted Ms Pirro certainly didn’t.
She responded to her guest’s claim that the British government doesn’t “exercise any sovereignty” in Birmingham by saying: “You know what it sounds like to me, Steve? It sounds like a caliphate within a particular country.
Fair to say, Emerson might not have got things wrong on all counts.
“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,” he proclaimed, without giving examples.
He also described Birmingham as one of a number of European cities where sharia courts were set up.
He may well be right.
The Telegraph itself reported a few years ago on a study by a think tank that found scores of unofficial tribunals and councils regularly apply Islamic law to resolve domestic, marital and business disputes, many operating in mosques.
At least 85 separate sharia “courts” are now openly functioning in Britain, almost 20 times as many as previously believed, a report by Civitas claims.
The study followed an outcry over remarks by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, that the adoption of aspects of Muslim law in Britain, such as in divorce proceedings, “seems inevitable”.
Lord Phillips, who was then the Lord Chief Justice, attracted controversy by saying that there was “no reason why” sharia principles could not form the basis of mediation in disputes.
Some decisions of Islamic tribunals are already considered legally binding and could theoretically be enforced in civil courts in England and Wales.
Other officially recognised bodies can agree to grant Muslim “divorces” as part of a parallel system of religious law in Britain.
“This whole business is creeping up on us without anyone really noticing,” said Dr David Green, director of Civitas.
You can expect there has been much creeping since then.
Thye can be a craven bunch, your Poms.
The existence of a network of five court-like sharia bodies in London, Bradford, Birmingham, Coventry and Manchester, expanding to other cities under the umbrella of the Muslim Arbitration Tribual (MAT) has already been widely reported.
But Civitas estimates that the real number of Islamic “courts” operating in Britain is at least 85, as a result of scores of unofficial courts sitting in mosques in which imams make judgments on day-to-day disputes.
It argued that they are unlikely to treat women as equals and could even be against human rights law.
The organisation called for a change in the law to stop the decisions of such bodies being legally enforceable.
Notwithstanding his getting it right, maybe, about these courts, Emerson has had the good grace to apologise.
You may quote me on this as I will be posting this and taking out an ad in a Birmingham paper. I have clearly made a terrible error for which I am deeply sorry. 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. There was no excuse for making this mistake and I owe an apology to every resident of Birmingham. I am not going to make any excuses. I made an inexcusable error. And I am obligated to openly acknowledge that mistake.
PS. I intend to make a donation to a Birmingham charity.
Dunno if a leftie or greenie would apologise so generously and make a donation, on learning of a stuff-up in the accuracy department.