Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has called for greater recognition of the threat that Islamism poses across the globe.
Speaking at the launch of Sharia Watch at the House of Lords, Mr Blair stated that Islamism ‘is destabilising communities and even nations. It is undermining the possibility of peaceful coexistence, in an era of globalisation. And in the face of this threat we seem curiously reluctant to acknowledge it and powerless to counter it effectively’.
Sharia Watch US is a new web resource, which aims to highlight the impact of Islamism in Britain and the often hidden face of its proponents.
Hosting the launch was Baroness Cox, who has campaigned against the use of sharia law in tribunals and councils across the UK. She has argued that sharia law particularly undermines the most fundamental principles of equality enshrined in British law, especially in respect of its treatment of women.
At the launch, a report called Sharia law – Britain’s blind spot claimed that apparently mainstream Muslim organisations carried extremist beliefs under the surface. It claimed that some of the senior figures involved in these groups advocate not only sharia law, but also ‘jihad’ against non-Muslims.
The report also warned that many senior figures have expressed a desire for a full Islamic state in Britain.