Islamist activists copped a long overdue caning last week.
Like most Leftist organisations in the democratic West, the US Southern Poverty Law Centre had taken on the Islamist cause with a passion.
Part of the Islamist strategy is to viciously attack anyone who criticises Islam and the SPLC was right on song.
But they picked the wrong guy when they described former Hizb ut-Tahrir member Maajid Nawaz and his Quilliam Foundation as 'anti-Muslim extremists'.
We've written extensively about the Quilliam Foundation and its magnificent work - here's an example and you can see Maajid in action in the video below.
Maajid is now $3.375M richer and the SPLC has been outed for its indiscriminate and unthinking support of Islamism - here's the Washington Post.
After years of smearing good people with false charges of bigotry, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has finally been held to account. A former Islamic radical named Maajid Nawaz sued the center for including him in its bogus “Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists,” and this week the SPLC agreed to pay him a $3.375 million settlement and issued a public apology.
The SPLC is a once-storied organization that did important work filing civil rights lawsuits against the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s. But it has become a caricature of itself, labeling virtually anyone who does not fall in line with its left-wing ideology an “extremist” or “hate group.”
Nawaz is a case in point. Since abandoning Islamic radicalism, he has advised three British prime ministers and created the Quilliam Foundation, to fight extremism. He is not anti-Muslim. He is a Muslim and has argued that “Islam is a religion of peace.”
So how did he end up in the SPLC’s pseudo-guide to anti-Muslim bigots? His crime, apparently, is that he has become a leading critic of the radical Islamist ideology he once embraced. Thanks to his courage, the SPLC has been forced to pay a multimillion-dollar penalty and acknowledge in a statement that it was “wrong” and that Nawaz has “made valuable and important contributions to public discourse, including by promoting pluralism and condemning both anti-Muslim bigotry and Islamist extremism.”
Here's the apology - wouldn't you love to hear Yassmin, Emma Alberici, Malcolm Turnbull, Peter Fitzsimons, Waleed Aly, Ray Hadley (and please include your own people's choice) forced to eat the same shit sandwich?
Far too many people in influential positions are just too dumb or lazy to research Islam. Fairfax's Ray Hadley is a case in point but he's not alone.
Here's our October 2015 piece on Maajid Nawaz's appearance on Lateline here in Australia.
Magnificent Lateline last night on the ABC - open calls for an end to Islamism and a Muslim Reformation
So good to see these things being spoken about - bravo (spoiled only a little because it's taken so long) to Lateline for putting this unlikely pair on last night.
TONY JONES, PRESENTER: Islam and the Future of Tolerance: A Dialogue is a collaboration between that famous atheist Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz, a one-time radical with Hizb ut-Tahrir who went on to found the anti-extremist think tank Quilliam Foundation. Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz joined me earlier from Los Angeles and Washington.
About 10 days ago I wrote a piece on British PM David Cameron's latest effort to throw money and motherhoods at Islamist terror with this commentary from me:
I wish I had a quid for every time I've heard someone in authority say they're going to "counter extremist ideology".
Prime Minister Cameron has the spiel down pat,
"We need to systematically confront and challenge extremism and the ideologies that underpin it, exposing the lies and the destructive consequences it leaves in its wake. We have to stop it at the start – stop this seed of hatred even being planted in people’s minds and cut off the oxygen it needs to grow."
That's good PM - so why don't you do it? It's actually easier to confront the ideology and its lies than it is to say you are "committed to systematically confronting and challenging extremism etc."
I would say something like this:
"Islamism is the major cause of terrorism. Islam is the problem and Islam must find the solution. Like the Christian churches after the Dark Ages, Islam needs modernisation and Enlightenment - and that can only be driven from within Islam. A genuine movement towards an Islamic Enlightenment will have my government's complete support. But the change must come from within.
"Mohammed lived in the 7th century. His way of life was perfect then, but it's not now. The people of Islam cannot live in the modern era while adopting the customs and practices of 7th century".
"Change won't come easily but with goodwill it will come. And my government will legislate to outlaw many of Islam's extreme teachings to make sure that the change we need to see is delivered."