Fox News commentator and terrorism expert Steve Emerson has apologised after calling the city of Birmingham “totally Muslim” on a segment this weekend.
“In Britain, it’s not just no-go zones, there are actually cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim where non-Muslims just simply don’t go in,” Emerson told Fox News host Jeanine Pirro.
Emerson is clearly wrong. Of the more than 1 million people that live in Birmingham, nearly half of them are Christan, according to data from the 2011 Census. Around 22% are Muslim.
Here’s a breakdown of religions from the Census:
The comment was made after a series of terrorist attacks in Paris last week, including a massacre at satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo for republishing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad.
Meanwhile, Emerson, who is the executive director of The Investigative Project on Terrorism, is being mocked on Twitter under the hashtag #FoxNewsFacts.
In a statement sent to The Huffington Post, Emerson apologised for his mistake: “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.”
Here’s the clip. Emerson’s comment on Birmingham is made around the 1:40 mark.
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