Some supporters of Maajid Nawaz and Ayaan Hirsi Ali have started a petition at Change.org, “Remove Maajid Nawaz and Ayaan Hirsi Ali from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)’s list of anti-Muslim extremists.” The clear implication of this petition is that Nawaz and Hirsi Ali are unjustly maligned by their inclusion on the list with “real bigots,” and that the rest of us deserve to be on the list. That not only unfairly maligns those who are on the list with Nawaz and Hirsi Ali, but is, as I explained here, self-defeating in granting the SPLC a legitimacy that it neither has nor deserves.
So I started another petition at Change.org: “Remove 13 freedom fighters from the SPLC’s list of “anti-Muslim extremists.” The text is adapted from the Nawaz/Hirsi Ali petition:
Earlier this month, the Southern Poverty Law center, a money-making and incitement machine that purports to deal with hate crimes and discrimination, released a “Field Guide of Anti-Muslim Extremists.” This list identifies 15 different authors, scholars, and public figures and provides a brief description of each of them.
On the list were Maajid Nawaz of the Quilliam Foundation and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali-born ex-Muslim human rights activist. Leftist, atheist, and Muslim reform groups have protested against their inclusion, claiming that the Southern Poverty Law Center is “a distinguished nonprofit organization” that has made a mistake by including Nawaz and Hirsi Ali, whom it terms “liberal reformists and human rights activists,” in its list of “anti-Muslim extremists.” Nawaz himself and his supporters have singled out others on the list for criticism, as if they were the “real bigots” and he is not. But his points attempting to make his case establish only that some have made decisions on how to deal with the jihad threat that differ from his, not that either he or they have ever engaged in any actual “bigotry.”
Nawaz and is supporters appear not to realize that the list itself is flawed. The 15 people on it are neither “anti-Muslim” nor “extremist.” “Anti-Muslim Extremists” list is just a tool to silence criticism of Islam. The Southern Poverty Law Center and its allies will smear anyone and everyone who discusses how jihadists use Islamic teachings to justify their actions as a bigot. The distinction Nawaz has tried to maintain between his work and that of the others on the list didn’t spare him from inclusion on the list. Nor will it spare anyone else who dares to speak the truth about these issues. Their fundamental confidence in the Southern Poverty Law Center demonstrates either inexcusable naivete, or fanatical attachment to the Left, or both.
Speak up for ALL of those who are fighting for freedom against jihad terror and Sharia oppression, and demand that the Southern Poverty Law Center remove not only Maajid Nawaz and Ayaan Hirsi Ali from their Field Guide of Anti-Muslim Extremists, but also Ann Corcoran, Steven Emerson, Brigitte Gabriel, Frank Gaffney, Pamela Geller, John Guandolo, David Horowitz, Ryan Mauro, Robert Muise, Daniel Pipes, Walid Shoebat, Robert Spencer, and David Yerushalmi, and apologize for equating them with Islamic jihadist “extremists”!
Please sign it here.