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SPLC Apologizes, Pays $3.375 Million to Ex-Terrorist Maajid Nawaz for Labeling Him An “Anti-Muslim Extremist”

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This is an outrage. It’s sickening. None of the people on this list deserve to be there, and all of us continue to be smeared, defamed, demonized, and marginalized because of this list. I want my $3.375 million now.

Nawaz always gets the last laugh, exploiting the kuffar’s desperation for a true Muslim reformer. A true Muslim reformer is ….an apostate.

Nawaz is a carny barker. Don’t buy the snake oil he’s selling.

Nawaz has long been furious to have been included on the SPLC’s hit list along with the likes of…me. He raged: “I’m listed there with people such as Pam Geller? It’s unbelievable.” So he can say that about me, but the SPLC can’t say that about him? He wrote in the Daily Beast:

And setting aside my disdain for naming any individuals on lists, to include me alongside Pam Geller is patently absurd. Pam Geller furiously opposed the Park51 Manhattan mosque project. I supported it. Pam Geller supported the anti-Islam British protest group EDL. By facilitating the resignation of its founder Tommy Robinson, I helped to render it leaderless till it practically fizzled out. Pam Geller has “expressed skepticism” about the existence of Serbian concentration camps. I have repeatedly referred to the genocide in Bosnia as having been a primary factor in my own anger and radicalisation as a youth. Pam Geller has called for Islam itself to be designated a “political system”, and to lose its constitutional rights as merely a religion. I am a Muslim who set up an organisation that campaigns to maintain a separation between Islam, and the theocratic Islamists who seek to hijack my religion. Need I go on?

Nawaz doesn’t realize that no one is exempt. He can insist it’s a religion of peace all you want, but the Left/Islamic propaganda machine will still call you an “anti-Muslim extremist” if you say the slightest critical word about Islam. And Nawaz’s attacks on me inevitably reinforce the attacks on him.

Nawaz’s Quilliam Foundation, supposedly a “moderate” organization, “came out in favor of the ‘Palestinian’ jihad against Israel and the ending of Israeli defensive operations. Also, when the Quilliam Foundation began, its founder Ed Husain attacked Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Ibn Warraq and others who speak honestly about the jihad threat — would a real opponent of jihad and Islamic supremacism do that? It has also been noted then that Husain ‘wrote disingenuously about Islamic teaching on apostasy and other matters, and ignored the deep scriptural, theological and legal foundations of Islamic violence and supremacism. Hardly a promising performance for a genuine reformer.’”

Nawaz’s Quilliam Foundation was founded by former members of the Islamic supremacist group Hizb ut-Tahrir, which calls for a worldwide caliphate. The Quilliam founders say they’ve rejected all that and are “moderates” now, but there are warning signs that they aren’t. The Quilliam Foundation is named after a 19th-century British convert to Islam, Abdullah (formerly William) Quilliam, who was hardly a “moderate.” In warning Muslims not to aid a British expedition into Sudan in 1896, he wrote: “For any True Believer to take up arms and fight against another Muslim is contrary to the Shariat, and against the law of God and his holy prophet. I warn every True-Believer that if he gives the slightest assistance in this projected expedition against the Muslims of the Soudan, even to the extent of carrying a parcel, or giving a bite of bread to eat or a drink of water to any person taking part in the expedition against these Muslims that he thereby helps the Giaour [Infidels] against the Muslim, and his name will be unworthy to be continued upon the roll of the faithful.” (Source)

“SPLC Apologizes, Pays Settlement to Islamic Reformer It Wrongly Labeled ‘Anti-Muslim Extremist,’” by Jack Crowe, National Review, June 18, 2018:

The Southern Poverty Law Center has reached a settlement with liberal Islamic reformer Maajid Nawaz and his organization, the Quilliam Foundation, for wrongly including them on its now-defunct list of “anti-Muslim extremists.”

The SPLC announced Monday that it has agreed to pay Nawaz and Quilliam $3.375 million “to fund their work to fight anti-Muslim bigotry and extremism.” The settlement was the result of a lawsuit Nawaz filed in April after the group added his name to its “Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists.”

The SPLC deleted the list, which was published in 2016 and was intended to serve as a resource for journalists, shortly after Nawaz filed the suit, despite having ignored his requests for retraction for roughly two years.

“The Southern Poverty Law Center was wrong to include Maajid Nawaz and the Quilliam Foundation in our Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists. Since we published the Field Guide, we have taken the time to do more research and have consulted with human rights advocates we respect,” SPLC president Richard Cohen said in a statement. “We’ve found that Mr. Nawaz and Quilliam have made valuable and important contributions to public discourse, including by promoting pluralism and condemning both anti-Muslim bigotry and Islamist extremism. Although we may have our differences with some of the positions that Mr. Nawaz and Quilliam have taken, they are most certainly not anti-Muslim extremists. We would like to extend our sincerest apologies to Mr. Nawaz, Quilliam, and our readers for the error, and we wish Mr. Nawaz and Quilliam all the best.”…

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