Fox News Expert Said Non-Muslims Don’t Visit Birmingham And Created A Meme

A guest on the US news channel said that Birmingham is “totally Muslim” and “non-Muslims simply don’t go in”. The internet responded mercilessly.

1. Fox News guest Steve Emerson claimed that non-Muslims are never allowed into Birmingham, during an interview regarding recent terror attacks in France.

Emerson, who describes himself as a terrorism expert, runs an organisation called the Investigative Project on Terrorism.

He gravely told presenter Jeanine Pirro that Birmingham was now completely closed to non-Muslims: “…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.”

2. This was a bit of a shock to the residents of Birmingham where, according to Birmingham city council, just 21.8% of the city’s population are Muslim.

Over 40% of Brummies describe themselves as Christian, while the city also has a large population of teenage goths. It is understood many of them are allowed to travel around their own city.

3. So the internet created #FoxNewsFacts, to show how the channel would report on other matters.

4. Because in the world of #FoxNewsFacts, it’s pretty clear Birmingham is now a Muslim-only city.

5. And the clues are there in Birmingham’s buildings.

In birmingham, buildings wear the burqa #foxnewsfacts

— Malcolm Coles (@malcolmcoles)

7. Even the city’s football teams have been affected.

This is a picture from the Aston Villa-Birmingham derby. #FoxNewsFacts

— Robin Wigglesworth (@RobinWigg)

Dangerous bearded fanatics have a history of running Birmingham's sporting institutions #FoxNewsfacts

— Richard Adams (@RichardA)

9. While some of the UK’s favourite TV programmes have been hit.

The Vicar of Dibley was reproduced for transmission in Birmingham as “The Imam of Dudley” #Foxnewsfacts

— Mark Ferguson (@Markfergusonuk)

10. The design of Spaghetti Junction was an obvious hint.

Spaghetti Junction was specifically designed to make sure all roads lead to Mecca @FoxNews #FoxNewsFacts

— Jo Warner (@JoWarner01)

Actually, it was called the Carbonara Junction until they banned pork products in Birmingham. #foxnewsfacts

— Dr Brooke Magnanti (@b_magnanti)

12. We simply need to check out who is from the surrounding region.

One of the leading radical clerics in Birmingham #foxnewsfacts

— Pete Cashmore (@TweetCashmore)

13. Not to mention the music Birmingham has produced.

It started in Birmingham in the eighties with bands that radicalised young people like 'Koran Koran' #FoxNewsFacts

— No Comb Rick (@nocombrick)

Birmingham's top jihadist glam rock band are called Slayed #foxnewsfacts

— The Poke (@ThePoke)

15. Plus the names of nearby towns.

Nuneaton was named during the daylight hours of Ramadan. #FoxNewsFacts

— David Whitley (@mrdavidwhitley)

16. And the menus in local restaurants.

All Birmingham restaurants are obliged to serve food "Allah Carte" #foxnewsfacts

— Keir Shiels (@keirshiels)

Guinness was actually inspired by the niqab. #FoxNewsFacts

— Robin Wigglesworth (@RobinWigg)

18. The secret heritage of famous Brummies has now been exposed.

Famous people born in Birmingham include Abdullah "Adrian" Chiles and the Supreme Caliph Jasper Carrott #foxnewsfacts

— Daily Mail Comments (@BestoftheMail)

19. Even rubbish collectors are affected.

Birmingham's refuse collectors are all Bin Laden #FoxNewsFacts

— DaveHill (@DaveHill)

20. Cricketer Moeen Ali, a native Brummie, has been drawn into the affair.

Terrifying photo of how a typical Muslim from Birmingham guards the city gates against infidels. #foxnewsfacts

— Pavilion Opinions (@pavilionopinion)

21. Others showed how Muslim-only towns had secretly existed across the UK for years.

England's first Muslim-only town was Redcar, which was represented in Parliament by Mohammed ('Mo') Mowlam. #FoxNewsFacts

— Tom Freeman (@SnoozeInBrief)

22. Just look at Brighton.

A church in Brighton was demolished by the caliphate to build this mosque #FoxNewsFacts

— Jules Mattsson (@julesmattsson)

23. It’s even there in the road network.

Viewed from above, the M26 spells out 'Death to the West' in Arabic #FoxNewsFacts

— Dean Burnett (@garwboy)

24. In fact, it’s everywhere.

In 2013, 92% of Brits attending weddings hired their outfits from a jihadist group known as Mosque Bros #foxnewsfacts

— Jeremy Duns (@jeremyduns)

25. Now someone’s started a change.org petition asking Birmingham to let non-Muslims back into the city.

26. Because according to #FoxNewsFacts, Birmingham is basically the centre of the Islamic State right now.

BREAKING: Fox News publishes up-to-date map of terrorist movements.

— James Martin (@Pundamentalism)

27. Meanwhile, in a show of solidarity, this brave Muslim began offering assistance to non-Muslims who want to visit Birmingham.

If you are a non-muslim and would like to visit Birmingham #illridewithyou #FoxNewsFacts

— Rabeb Othmani (@Rabeb_Othmani)

28. UPDATE: After being contacted by journalists, Steve Emerson said his comments were “totally in error” and promised to make a donation to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

I asked Steven Emerson for a comment on #foxnewsfacts. Guy apologises and is going to make a donation to charity

— Chris Stokel-Walker (@stokel)

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Jim Waterson is a politics editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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