Maajid Nawaz, founder of counter-extremist think tank Quillian Foundation, blasted the caller on his LBC phone-in after he suggested Sharia law in Saudi Arabia had led to it having “the lowest crime rate” compared to Western countries.
Asking his listeners about whether the UK is maintaining an ethical foreign policy, with Theresa May set to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday. Mr Netanyahu is expected to demand Mrs May take a tougher line on Iran.
The caller known only as Adam, from Stratford, told Nawaz: “Why do the British and the West always have to be the ones that are leading the way for ethics?
“If I give you an example when the West and America say ‘gay marriage is legal’ then the whole world has to follow.
LBC host Maajid Nawaz slammed a Sharia law "apologist" during a passionate rant
When a state chops off peoples’ limbs for punishment, that is a crime by definition
“For example, I’m going further back, when slavery ended, you know, that’s it, it stops. Why does the West and the British always have to be the ones who put their foot down.
“You know, for example, in Saudi Arabia you have capital punishment, but you have it in America too. Why is everybody so focused on Saudi Arabia… It has the lowest crime rate compared to America.”
The Gulf Kingdom has attracted controversy for its recent high level of executions in recent years, with the country’s authorities, in 2015, executing 158 people, the highest amount since 1995.
According to an AFP tally based on official announcements, the Kingdom executed 153 locals and foreigners under its Sharia law legal code.
Responding to the caller, Nawaz accused Adam of being a “Sharia law apologist” as he slated the Saudi regime.
He hit back after his guest criticised the West for influencing international ethics
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“Well, Adam, that depends on your definition of crime, mate,” he rebuked. “This is a problem. Look, Saudi Arabia has low crime rates because marital rape isn’t a crime.
“Saudi Arabia has low crime rates because marrying an eight-year-old girl isn’t necessarily a crime if her father agrees to it. Saudi Arabia has low crime rates because stoning a woman to death isn’t a crime.
“What are you talking about? Saudi Arabia has low crime rates? Because chopping somebody’s hand off for theft isn’t considered a crime in Saudi Arabia. That’s what it has low crime rates.
“By every human standard, by every rational, moral and reasonable standard in the world, when a state chops off peoples’ limbs for punishment, that is a crime by definition.
“Adam, do you believe in Sharia law?”
His guest refused to answer the question, while Nawaz continued: “I have a knack of smelling our Sharia law apologists when they call into my show. Thank you for that because your refusal to answer that last question told our listeners everything they need to hear.
“That’s Adam there from Stratford, pretending he’s not a Muslim who believes in Sharia law, medieval sanction punishments. Guess what Adam? I’m a Muslim and I can openly reject any version of Sharia being imposed anywhere in the world.
“Islam, religion, any form of religion, is for people to adhere to voluntarily, not to impose it on other people.”
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