Is Birmingham fiasco really a laughing matter?
On Facebook and almost every other social-media site, Birmingham fiasco is the most discussed news.
For those who might not know, an American terrorism expert had stated on Fox News that “Birmingham is a "Muslim-only city" where non-Muslims don't dare to go and get beaten up by religious (Islamic) police” during a Fox News interview.
This interview has caused quite a furor, David Cameron called Steven Emerson an 'idiot' , an MP called him "stupid" and Twitter users had quite a field day, mocking and posting hilarious responses and pictures to this statement with the hash-tag # FoxNewsFacts trending on Twitter .
But maybe, because I am a Muslim , I am not in a laughing mood. Not that much anyway.
Search Emerson on Wikipedia and you will find:
“Emerson is the author of six books, and co-author of two more. His television documentary "Jihad in America” won the 1994 George Polk Award for best Television Documentary, and top prize for best investigative reporting from Investigative Reporters and Editors. He is also the Executive Director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT), a data-gathering center on Islamist groups.
People such as this "idiot" and stupid" in words of UK PM and MPs, are the ones who formulate opinions. They give talks and are interviewed widely on television. Their books are read and quoted in speeches.
If one city can be target of his “stupidity”, “lack of homework” and “'terrible, inexcusable error”(in his own words), then what about his projects, research and work on terrorism and Jihad?
Does anyone even realize, what goes on in hearts and minds on every Muslim, who hears himself being labeled as savage, barbaric, steeped in stone age customs and whatnot every time a Fox News anchorperson or ‘expert’ opens his or her mouth.
What pure drivel or malicious accusations are spewed by this channel and its experts 24/7? And let me tell the residents of Birmingham, no matter what you say or how many apologies are offered or money donated to Children's hospital by this guy, many people in America will keep on believing what he said and consider Birmingham to be the twin city of Tehran. That is the power of media.
As much as I am enjoying the halal jams and burka clad Kitty pics , I am still very angry at what news channels and their “experts” can get away with.