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Lord Pearson Warns Of Muslim ‘Dark Side’, Gets Hit With Rebuttal From ‘The West Wing’
Former Ukip leader Lord Pearson told the House of Lords on Tuesday that there was a growing "dark side" within British Muslims. He was met with a critique from a fictional American president.
Lord Pearson, who is perhaps best known for getting caught out not having read his own party's manifesto while leader at the 2010 election, used a debate he tabled yesterday to warn of the particular dangers of terrorism from Islam.
"I fear that the dark side is moving strongly within Islam," he said. "If we come home to the United Kingdom, we see large and growing Muslim communities which are set against integration with the rest of us; we see thousands of home-grown potential terrorists; we see Sharia law running de facto in our land; and we see a birth rate several times higher than ours, to which our democracy is already exposed."
In his speech, Lord Pearson said "part of Islam’s problem" were sections of the Koran that "commands the faithful to kill the unbelievers".
Baroness Warsi, Britain's most senior Muslim politician, was given the job of responding to Lord Pearson for the government. The Foreign Office minister decided to turn to political drama The West Wing to make her point. The Tory peer quoted from an episode in which President Bartlet slaps down a right-wing Christian radio presenter for her anti-gay views.