A Christian ministry’s defamation lawsuit against the Southern Poverty Law Center for putting it on a list of “hate groups” has been joined by Maajid Nawaz, a moderate Muslim British politician and founder of the Quilliam Foundation, which works to reform radical Islam. The SPLC has also attacked Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a female Muslim activist who champions women’s rights in the Islamic world. Under the SPLC’s tortured logic, Muslim activists who are trying to make Islam more tolerant are “hate groups” because they’re criticizing a religion, even though it preaches violence and intolerance. Rod Dremer, Israel’s ambassador to the US, called it “Orwellian” that “a woman whose life is threatened every day by extremist Muslims is labeled by the SPLC an anti-Muslim extremist."
Let’s hope this is the start of a trend to hold the SPLC accountable when it mislabels people and organizations as “hate groups” simply for holding beliefs that don’t jibe with the SPLC’s far-left view of the world. And let’s also hold accountable those who unquestioningly support the SPLC with massive donations, such as the companies and the big name celebrity listed in the article at the link.