Branding Moderates as ‘Anti-Muslim’

Oct 31, 2016

By The Wall Street Journal Staff

As if facing down violent Islamist fanatics isn’t enough, Muslim reformers now have to dodge attacks from the American left. Consider the Southern Poverty Law Center’s decision last week to brand two such reformers, Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Britain’s Maajid Nawaz, as “anti-Muslim extremists.”

Founded in 1971 by civil-rights activists, the Montgomery, Alabama-based law center says it’s committed to “fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society.” That apparently doesn’t include civil rights in the Muslim world or among Muslims living in the U.S.

Ms. Hirsi Ali, who sometimes writes for these pages, is a native of Somalia who later immigrated to the Netherlands and then the U.S. She has braved death threats from jihadists for criticizing female genital mutilation, blasphemy laws, and repression of women and minorities in the Muslim world.

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15 comments on “Branding Moderates as ‘Anti-Muslim’

  • Cantaz #1
    Oct 31, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    SPLC’s founder (Morris Dees) is religious.

    The wooists pretence of unity against secular reason!
    A bit like the pope and the Vatican’s “cordial meetings” with Muslim Imams (despite current religious wars and the history of the crusades), to discuss “faith” and plan to jointly fight against “secularism”!

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    bonnie2 says:

    WSJ articles are only available to subscribers.

    There is a petition asking SPLC to remove Ali and Nawaz from the list (includes link to “field guide” in question).

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  • Contaz,

    Morris dees’ religiosity has nothing to do with this what so ever, the SPLC is nothing more than a far left fear mongering organisation that classes EVERYONE who does not tow the regressive narrative as hate groups.

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  • Dees is a Unitarian which signals no real dogma but a likely Belief in Belief. This may position him against atheists, but he should promote moderated religion.

    He should, of course, promote reason above all, as the only platform where everyone (variously religious and none) can, er, reasonably meet in mutuality. But failing this he should be hugely championing the support for moderation of religion against an intolerant extremism.

    Its clear the SPLC is turning to the dark side, embracing dog whistle SJW positions. This may have something to do with the organisation’s primary activity, raising money. Money is generally raised most readily from the feelingest rather than the thinkingest. A civilised nuanced position may prove cash negative for them with their core supporters

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  • Alan

    I know too well about being denied a platform by a more ‘connected’ group. We have had several seminars cancelled at the LSE.

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  • Olgun #8
    Nov 1, 2016 at 10:46 am


    I know too well about being denied a platform by a more ‘connected’ group.

    I see we have political correctness heavily intruding into sport!

    Four-time Olympic medallist Louis Smith has been suspended for two months by British Gymnastics over a video in which he appeared to mock Islam.

    The video, filmed by Smith but leaked to the media, appeared to show him laughing while retired gymnast Luke Carson mimicked Islamic prayer practices.

    Who would have thunk – that head on the ground backside to sky as a delusional, repeated daily posture, – could be comical and worthy of mockery and laughter? 🙂

    “As the custodians of the integrity and values of the sport,
    we have had no choice but to act responsibly.

    In fact, this meddling, hypocritical, pompous, posturing, politically correct, jobs-worth busy-body committee, is probably one of the few things more worthy of mockery!

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  • Morris dees’ religiosity has nothing to do with this what so ever

    Not so sure about that.

    In my view, most religious people (including moderate ones) tend to cling onto the notion that there really is, somehow/somewhere, an Absolute (and by that I mean, quite literally, independent from anything else) demarcation between right and wrong.

    Why should it be surprising that anybody starting with that premise often end up categorizing other people he/she disagrees with as “bad” (particularly when religion is the issue at stake)?

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  • “As the custodians of the integrity and values of the sport, we have
    had no choice but to act responsibly”.

    … Because of course not taking the piss out of some primitive prayer ritual at a private party is a key element in the integrity of performance at the parallel bars and the pommel horse.

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  • Being anti-Islamic means you think the stories in the Qur’an are fiction.
    Being anti-Muslim means you think Muslims should be expelled from the country, jailed or prohibited from building mosques.

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  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali is my hero. She may not be the best speaker in the English language but she is tied with the other one who is. A brilliant intellect unwavering under fire with a unique courage to speak truth to power conveying enlightenment in a soothing, gentle, persuasive voice that must be heard to be awestruck. (YouTube is a handy source)

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  • Meanwhile, the fanatics are “denying a worship platform” to those who are “the wrong sort of Muslim”!
    An explosion at a remote Sufi Muslim shrine in the Pakistani region of Balochistan has killed 52 people and injured more than 100, officials say.

    Emergency services struggled to reach the Shah Noorani shrine in Kuzdar.

    Worshippers were performing dhamal – a trance-like dance – when the bomb hit. So-called Islamic State says one of its suicide bombers carried it out.

    Sufism, a tolerant, mystical practice of Islam, has millions of followers in Pakistan but is opposed by extremists.

    The shrine attracts Sufi devotees from all over the country, as well as neighbouring Iran.

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