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EA Audio Analysis: “Non-Muslims Don’t Live in Birmingham, England” — A Resident Responds to Fox News and Terrorism “Expert”

EA Audio Analysis: “Non-Muslims Don’t Live in Birmingham, England” — A Resident Responds to Fox News and Terrorism “Expert”
January 12
12:07 2015

Last night Steven Emerson, a long-time “expert” on terrorism, explained to Fox News that Muslims were taking over Britain. For example, “Muslim religious people” were walking the streets of London, threatening to beat anyone with inappropriate fashion. And Birmingham — where EA WorldView is based — is a “no-go area” which is “totally Muslim”.

Needless to say, this came as a surprise to me as I, the son of a Christian preacher, sat in my front room in Birmingham with my non-Muslim wife and non-Muslim daughter. Muslim acquaintances — whom I don’t believe are part of any “religious police” — called us to congratulate us on our conversion.

I spoke with BBC West Midlands Radio this morning about both the black comedy and the serious consequences of Emerson’s remarks and Fox News’s provocation:

Listen to interview from 21:05

I will also be on BBC Midlands Today TV after 1330 GMT and on BBC Radio 4 between 1800 and 1830 GMT.

Meanwhile, here is Emerson’s “expert” commentary:

Emerson has now apologized for the Birmingham remark. He has not apologized for the comment about London’s “Muslim religious police” or the declaration that “Europe is now finished” because “the leadership of Muslim communities in Europe deliberately don’t want to integrate”.

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Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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  1. andredeangelis
    andredeangelis January 12, 12:50

    I bet this moron doesn’t even own a passport.

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    • Jon H
      Jon H January 12, 14:52

      I’ve grown seriously tired of the panels of aging, balding, fat white men on Fox News telling millions of people what they should think and feel, and attempting to frame what reality is from their incredibly narrow and incredibly ignorant singular collective perspective. I wish it were just a case of “If you don’t like it, don’t watch it,” but the problem is SO may people do.

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  2. Amir in Tel Aviv
    Amir in Tel Aviv January 12, 15:21

    Biologists discovered a new breed of ostrich. They named it “British Academic Progressive”.

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  3. Balsam
    Balsam January 12, 18:44

    It’s hilarious!

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  4. Saliatus
    Saliatus April 16, 18:30

    UK police arrest 5 in investigation after Europe attacks
    LONDON – British police have arrested five people as part of an investigation following the deadly attacks in Paris and in Brussels.
    West Midlands Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale says in a statement Friday that the arrests aim to address “any associated threat to the U.K. following the attacks in Europe.”
    Four people — three men aged 26, 40 and 59 and one woman, 29, were arrested Thursday in the central English city of Birmingham. A 26-year-old man was arrested at London’s Gatwick Airport on Friday. The five were arrested for suspected ties to the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terror.
    Police are also searching a number of properties in Birmingham as part of the investigation.

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