From Seth Connell: There’s an old Shakespearean saying, that politics creates strange bedfellows. Time and time again over the past several years, that old saying has become an axiom. In yet another example of the phenomenon, the Southern Poverty Law Center is under attack from an unlikely alliance
Several Christian-oriented groups have already begun taking legal action against the SPLC for defamation: D. James Kennedy Ministries, Liberty Counsel, and Alliance Defending Freedom. Now, these Christian groups have an unlikely ally in Maajid Nawaz, a British politician and founder of an anti-Islamist organization the Quilliam Foundation.
In a video, he announced that he is suing the SPLC for defamation.
“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,'” Nawaz said. “Placing my name on a list like this not only smears my name, but also puts me in physical danger.”
Given the left-wing extremists’ tendency to become violent in recent years, Nawaz legitimately fears for his safety because of the SPLC’s designation. Because he dared to call out the dangers of Islamism, the SPLC placed him on a hate group list. Nawaz has no choice but to respond in turn.
“I am suing the SPLC for defamation and I need your help to win.”
Suing the left-wing organization will be a difficult endeavor. As PJ Media reports, the Center has backers with deep pockets, from companies like JP Morgan and Apple. Even George and Amal Clooney sent $1 million to the SPLC after the riots in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Given the actual attempts made on the lives of those listed as members of “hate groups,” Nawaz has a legitimate cause for concern. There was a connection between SPLC and James Hodgkinson, who shot at multiple Republican members of Congress earlier in the summer. But it gets even worse than that.
[T]he SPLC had a much more direct connection to another domestic terrorism case — this time in Washington, D.C. in 2012.
That summer, Floyd Lee Corkins III broke into the Family Research Council (FRC), aiming to kill everyone in the building. In February 2013, Corkins pled guilty to committing an act of terrorism and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. During an FBI interrogation, the shooter said he targeted FRC because it was listed as an “anti-gay group” on the SPLC website.
Nawaz is a former Islamist himself, who underwent an ideological transformation that turned him away from Jihad and towards democratic freedom. While he remains a Muslim, he disavows the violent extremism of groups like the Islamic State.
It’s incredibly ironic that the SPLC would rather list someone like Nawaz and organizations like the Family Research Council as members of hate groups. Nawaz explicitly condemns the violence of fundamentalist Islam, and the FRC advocates for traditional family values that underpin the entirety of Western Civilization.
At one time, SPLC did good work in fighting the Ku Klux Klan. Now, they have turned into an organization just as hateful as the Klan ever was.