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Lawsuit filed: has the Southern Poverty Law Center become its own hate group?

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SPLC sued for labeling peace group as 'anti-Islamic'

A British politician is suing the Southern Poverty Law Center for unfairly targeting moderate organizations such as the Quilliam foundation, which seek to change extremist narratives and advocate for human rights. Critics contend the Southern Poverty Law Center has become an extremist organization in its own way.

Maajid Nawaz has joined Christians in suing the organization for unfairly targeting them as extremists.

Maajid Nawaz has joined Christians in suing the organization for unfairly targeting them as extremists.

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By David Drudge
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
8/29/2017 (4 years ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Islam, Southern Poverty Law Center, SPLC, hate, label, list, group, lawsuit

LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) -- Muslim reformer and British politician, Maajid Nawaz, is suing the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) for defamation after that organization listed his organization, the Quilliam as an extremist organization.

Quilliam is dedicated to changing extremist Islamic narratives and fighting back against militant Islam.


The SPLC made its reputation, and fortune, slaying the Klu Klux Klan in legal battles. Since those victories, the SPLC has gone on to advocate for social justice by alerting the media to other extremist organizations, such as Neo Nazi groups. However, critics contend the SPLC has itself become a liberal hate group, targeting Christians, conservatives, and even some liberal groups.

Nawaz explained in a video on his website, "The SPLC, who made their money suing the KKK, were set up to defend people like me, but now they've become the monster that they claimed they wanted to defeat. They have named me, alongside Ayaan Hirsi Ali, on a list of 'Anti-Muslim Extremists.'"

The SPLC publishes a list of hate groups, and this list is often consulted by other organizations and used as justification to evict organizations from spaces on the web. In 2012, a charity rating website used the SPLC's list to label some charities as hate groups. This labeling inspired a terrorist attack on the Family Research Council's headquarters in which one person was wounded in 2012.

And organization can make the SPLC's list be being what they decree, "anti-gay." Or in Quilliam's case, "anti-Islamic."

Yet, Quilliam is not anti-Islamic, it is anti-Islamic extremism, which makes the case so bizarre.

Except it isn't bizarre at all. The SPLC is opposed to conservatism and has overstepped its bounds as a neutral assessor of hate groups. Now, it wants to label as offensive any organization that does not fit into its liberal-leftist worldview.

It's one thing to label racists as motivated by hate. It's another thing to label organizations that are focused on charity and peace because they criticize a virulent strain of Islam.

And why is Islam off limits? Why doesn't the SPLC label anti-Christian organizations as well? Why not label churches that are Anti-Catholic?

The SPLC is an arm of the radical left in America and it will continue to serve that end by attacking conservative groups. Once again, the left shows us that tolerance and inclusiveness includes only those groups that share the leftist ideals.

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