In a strong rebuke to the extremist views of UK Independence Party member Lord Pearson, Faith Minister and Britain's most senior Muslim politician, Baroness Warsi said he was either "ignorant" of Islam or was deliberately attempt to perpetuate a "distorted" image of the faith.

Lord Pearson in an outrageous and deeply intolerant speech during a debate on Islam in the House of Lords said there was a growing "dark side" within British Muslims. He said "part of Islam's problem" were sections of the Holy Book that "commands the faithful to kill the unbelievers."

"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 which is several times ours."

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