Southern Poverty Law Center Marks Muslim Refugees as ‘Anti-Muslim Extremists’

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By Emily Zanotti | 7:31 pm, October 27, 2016

The Southern Poverty Law Center has released a study on “Anti-Muslim Extremists” that it says threaten the religious freedom of America’s Islamic population.


But among the Americans “fueling the hatred” and creating the “propaganda” aimed at Muslims in America are at least two individuals who have worked to reform Islam from the inside after suffering at the hands of radical Islamists.

Maajid Nawaz, a self-described “Muslim reformer” is counted among the anti-Muslim extremists, even though he is a moderate Muslim opposing extremism, he says.

Nawaz says he’s spent much of the last several years encouraging moderate Muslims to speak out, and, to that end, has worked diligently to improve the image of Islam in America.

SPLC accuses Nawaz, essentially, of reporting on fellow Muslims, conspiring with governments to create secret lists, and of lying about his reformed Islamic background, saying that his story doesn’t match up with testimony from his family and friends.

Even more surprising, SPLC labels a refugee from radical Islam, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, as an “anti-Muslim extremist.” Hirsi Ali fled persecution and female genital mutilation at the hands of her radical Islamic community. She has become an outspoken advocate for countering radical Islam worldwide and a staunch critic of feminists who make excuses for women’s treatment in radical Islamic countries.

According to SPLC, Hirsi Ali is fabricating her story from whole cloth — which might be news to Hirsi Ali.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has been known to attribute extremism to unworthy targets before — Liberty Council, which defends the free speech of Christians, for example, has routinely challenged their SPLC designation as a “hate group.” This may be the first time, however, that SPLC has gone out of its way to spuriously deny the backstories of Islamic reformers in order to label them as hateful.