Do most young Muslims really smoke Cannabis?
Call me old fashioned, indeed I am old fashioned, but I hadn't realised it was common practice among young people to smoke cannabis during or after a visit to the pub.
Of course, quite a lot of people do indulge in illegal drugs of one sort or another - but not most people.
I certainly hadn't realised this was the chosen way of relaxation among young Muslims in Birmingham.
But then, until this week, I hadn't had the benefit of listening to pearls of wisdom from Dr Mushuq Ally, Birmingham City Council's head of equalities and diversity.
All young Muslims want to do, Dr Ally told a scrutiny committee, is "go to pubs and clubs, take a spliff here and there and enjoy themselves."
This, he said, was "young people behaving normally".
Is it? Is it normal behaviour for most Christians, let alone Muslims?
How does Dr Ally know this to be the case?
One can assume that he has, perhaps, witnessed Muslims enjoying the odd spliff. But surely there is no evidence to suggest that most Muslim teenagers and young men and women are regularly smoking weed, or indeed are regular visitors to the pub. It seems unlikely, given the non-tolerance of alcohol and drugs demanded by their faith.
In his eagerness to defend 10 council projects to prevent terrorism, including spending ÃÂ£63,000 on lessons in "spiritual well-being" for Muslims, Dr Ally rather over-egged the pudding.
He certainly has some front.
Having roundly condemned the media for "stereotyping" the Muslim community with misleading and sensational headlines, Dr Ally went on to fall into exactly the same trap.
In the space of a few minutes he claimed that:
a) Some 95 per cent of Muslim women in Birmingham don't have a clue about what is going on in Muslim society or wider society.
b) That cannabis-smoking Muslims are coming under pressure from radical groups who make them feel guilty about their lifestyle and "seduce" them into taking part in extremist activities.
It would be interesting to see some evidence to back up these assertions. I think if I were a Muslim I'd be pretty angry about Dr Ally's claims, which had they been made by any other senior council officer would certainly have been condemned by now.