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SPLC in Retreat as Maajid Nawaz Delivers Crushing Victory Against Powerful NGO

The left-wing smear machine formally known as the Southern Poverty Law Center quietly removed a page dedicated to “Anti-Muslim Extremists” from its website this week. 

The move comes after former Islamic extremist turned Muslim reformer Maajid Nawaz filed a lawsuit against the bloated NGO.

Nawaz, a British author and radio host, had been included on the SPLC’s “Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists,” a list claiming to outline, “A shocking number of these extremists are seen regularly on television news programs and quoted in the pages of our leading newspapers. There, they routinely espouse a wide range of utter falsehoods, all designed to make Muslims appear as bloodthirsty terrorists or people intent on undermining American constitutional freedoms. More often than not, these claims go uncontested,” according to archived versions of the site. 

Appearing on Joe Rogan’s podcast on Wednesday, Nawaz, a practicing Muslim and founder of the anti-extremist think tank Quilliam, said he had retained lawyers who were contacting the SPLC. 

“We have retained Clare Lock, they are writing to the Southern Poverty Law Center as we speak. I think they’ve got wind of it — the Southern Poverty Law Center — and as of yesterday, or the day before, they’ve removed the entire list that’s been up there for two years,” he told Rogan.

The National Review reports, “Nawaz — informed by his experience as a former member of a global terror organization and a political prisoner in Egypt — routinely criticizes the fundamentalist interpretation of Islam that gives rise to terrorism. As a result of that work, the SPLC and a coalition of partner organizations that helped create the list accused him of ‘savaging Islam.'”

For years, the “Anti-Muslim Extremist” list from the SPLC had been both laughable and highly destructive as mainstream media journalists took it as word-of-God to launch libelous accusations against centrist and center-right public figures who expressed the slightest criticism of Islam. 

Also included on that list was Somali author and liberal feminist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a victim of female genital mutilation, would routinely speaks out against the more barbaric practices found in some Muslim-majority nations. 

The Southern Poverty Libel Circus branded Ali, who fled Somali amid civil war, as “toxic” and an “anti-Muslim extremist.” 

The SPLC has not commented on the deletion of the page. 

feature image via The Atlantic

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