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Baroness Warsi’s Sternberg Lecture

Baroness Warsi of Dewsbury has delivered a speech at the University of Leicester Sir Sigmund Sternberg Lecture.

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21 January 2011

Baroness Warsi of Dewsbury has delivered a speech at the University of Leicester Sir Sigmund Sternberg Lecture.

In the speech she made the case against the rising tide of anti-religious bigotry.

Baroness Warsi warned that Islamophobia was seen by many Britons as normal and uncontroversial. 

She said there was a tendency to divide Muslims between “moderates” and “extremists”, which she said could fuel misunderstanding and intolerance.

Baroness Warsi said:

This is not actually about controlling the conversations that go on in people’s homes.

This is about drawing a line as to the state of anti-religious hatred or bigotry in Britain today and then setting out a series of measures as to how we move that forward.

Speeches and transcripts: Baroness Warsi’s Sternberg Lecture

Published 21 July 2011