British-Pakistani MP Sayeeda Warsi on Tuesday used dialogue from the hit American TV show ‘The West Wing’ in a forceful critique of a UK Independent Party (UKIP) peer who used a House of Lords debate to warn of the “growing darkness” developing inside Britain’s Muslim communities.
Baroness Warsi, the government's Faith and Communities Minister and the most senior Muslim politician in government, was tasked with responding to Lord Pearson, the former leader of UKIP, who used the debate to warn of the “dangers” posed by Muslims who he said were “set against integration”.
"I fear that the dark side is moving strongly within Islam," Lord Pearson 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 decided to use the acclaimed TV show ‘The West Wing’ in her response to Lord Pearson’s comments, in particular an episode in which fictional President Bartlet – played by Martin Sheen – slaps down a right-wing Christian radio presenter on her views on homosexuals.Read More »