National Review has a shocking piece about how the Left is trying to silence Muslims speaking out against jihadism:
Maajid Nawaz runs Quilliam, a London-based organization that aims to counter jihadism and extremism around the world. Nawaz, who considers himself a former Muslim radical (and still identifies as Muslim), is now fighting back against the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which has labeled his organization a “hate group” for its strong stance against radicalism. For the record, the SPLC also put Ayaan Hirsi Ali on their list. Nawaz has filed a lawsuit against SPLC and many are left wondering how Quilliam could have received such a label in the first place. He has admitted he feels like there already is a target on his head from certain people in the Muslim community.
On a recent appearance with Bill Mahar, Nawaz announced, "I'm sick to death of well-meaning... white men sitting in sweet Alabama -- the Southern Poverty Law Center - created to defend people like me... they've decided to list me... as anti-Muslim extremist. I'm sick and tired of well-meaning liberal and left-leaning white men who decide I'm saying what they don't agree with about my own religious heritage." Watch him explain why below:
National Review goes on to say:
He calls it “the bigotry of low expectations,” saying that liberals fight for causes like gay rights and women’s rights in America but refuse to allow people like him to fight for those issues within their own communities. Some liberals commonly ignore the fact that gays are often murdered by being thrown off of buildings — or that countries such as Pakistan support spousal abuse. Maher pointed out that most Muslims are not extremists, but there are many who are. Nawaz said that London police have said they need to be monitoring 23,000 jihadists in London in order to adequately prevent more terrorist attacks. The problem? They only have the capacity to monitor 3,000 — and that’s in London alone. Nawaz then points out there are even more ideological Muslims who won’t attack, but would support the attacks. The numbers are staggering.
Kudos to Nawaz for calling out the bullying SPLC for their tactics. In October, he was even more pointed in The Atlantic. “The kind of work that I do, if you tell the wrong kind of Muslims that I’m an extremist, then that means I’m a target,” he said. “They don’t have to deal with any of this. I don’t have any protection. I don’t have any state protection. These people are putting me on what I believe is a hit list.”
If you'd like to give money to support his litigation, you can do it through the Quilliam Foundation website.