Only if you want to, of course, but if you should so wish, there should be absolutely no trouble at all in fulfilling your desire – apart from having to negotiate some horrible traffic1 and find a car park, that is. Or you could use public transport and it would be even easier.
But during an interview on Fox News, a ‘Terror Expert’, one Steve Emerson, gave millions of people across the USA the impression that Birmingham, England was totally ruled by Muslims and that non-Muslims simple did not go there for fear of reprisals. This is pure fiction2, and whether it was a deliberate untruth or not, the likely effect will be to stir up intolerance and increase tensions. And that’s not going to help anyone.
Here’s what he said, according to one of our better newspapers, The Guardian:
“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.
And, parts of London, there are actually Muslim religious police that actually beat and actually wound seriously anyone who doesn’t dress according to religious Muslim attire.”
Well. I was born in London and have been there quite a lot, but it’s the first I’ve heard of it!
Far from being a Muslim-controlled stronghold where non-Muslims are not welcome, Birmingham is a vibrant and thriving city, and I am not at all afraid to go there. Multicultural? Yes. High immigrant population? Probably. But it has no more trouble than any other large city anywhere in the world and probably less than most. It is a well known and much-visited business, shopping, cultural and exhibition centre. I’d be happy to let my old granny go there for the day if I had one.
Don’t see many people being beaten for not wearing the right clothing in that picture, do you?
In fact, I shall be going to the NEC in Birmingham myself in a couple of months. I will be wearing jeans and a tee shirt, but I don’t expect anyone to give me a second glance, let alone challenge me because of it. Heavens above, we probably have a comparable percentage of Muslims right here in my own city.
So, dear American friends of mine, please, please, PLEASE stop watching Fox News! I have never heard such twaddle in all my life as I heard quoted today! And it’s dangerous twaddle.
1 Quite possibly, Spaghetti Junction, depending on which direction you are coming from.
2 And reportedly caused David Cameron, our Beloved Leader, to choke on his porridge, which I would have given much to see.
Photo of West Midlands bus in Birmingham courtesy of Free Foto.
Photo of a Birmingham shopping centre courtesy of Pixabay.