Further to my post on Hamza Tzortzis’ links with extremist Islamist group, Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, an anonymous Muslim blogger posted this comment on philosopher Stephen Law’s blog after I posted my piece on the thread advertising his forthcoming debate on the existence of God against Tzortzis at Kingston University on 5 March 2010.
In December 2009 Tzortzis replied to The Centre For Social Cohesion’s report with this statement (download PDF) that sets out his current associations with the group:
Within the last year certain extreme right wing commentators and neo conservative ‘think’ tanks have attempted to link myself and the work that I engage in to the Islamic political party Hizb ut Tahrir. I would like to take this opportunity to clarify my associations and the nature of the work that I do.
I am not a member of Hizb ut Tahrir or any other political party, and I am not a ‘front’ for their work. However I have been associated with the Hizb ut Tahrir in the past. I formally left the party early this year for many reasons, some of which include theological, political and spiritual concerns. These have been shared with some senior figures within the party.
As a concluding note, I would like to highlight that I will not hesitate to take any entity that publicly defames me and the work that I do via a legal process, as a means to formally clarify my position.
I am grateful to the anonymous Muslim commenter on Stephen Law’s blog for drawing my attention to Tzortzis’ statement. Indeed, I look forward to meeting the man in the libel courts where I will uphold every word of my original post.