University campuses are supposed to be safe spaces for all students regardless of their race, religion, gender and sexuality but recent events have shown them to be far from insulated from the wider Islamophobia currently gripping society.
Fox News has apologised for claiming England and France had "no go zones" where only Muslims are allowed and which police
Following the tragic events in Paris last week, an alleged terrorist expert by the name of Steven Emerson appeared on Fox News over the weekend and proclaimed that there were areas of London that had Muslim gangs patrolling the streets to enforce an Islamic dress-code as well as incredibly writing off entire cities such as Birmingham as being entirely Muslim.
Apparently Britain's second city is totally Muslim and people of other faiths or indeed no faith at all, simply stay away. Now, after more than 40 years living and working here, this came as something of a surprise to me.
We non-Muslim Brummies can cope with people doubting our existence. God surely can too. Sharing, disagreeing, and gently mocking are the most powerful weapons we have against extremism and bigotry. Familiarity does not breed contempt, it conquers it.
On Sunday Emerson sparked one of the biggest Twitter storms in recent times when he claimed Birmingham was a no-go city for
Steve Emerson's expert opinion that "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" has created the best Twitter banter I've seen in ages. And when I've stopped laughing I will be a little bit offended. I promise...