47 nonprofits have put out a letter warning not only the Southern Poverty Law Center but every news organization or platform that uses its hater list. This is coming on the heels of a nearly 3.5 million dollar lawsuit filed by Quilliam Foundation, a counter-extremism group, and its founder, Maajid Nawaz for calling a group Islamophobes. The group is made up of moderate Muslims who do not believe in Jihad or terrorism. Buoyed by that success, up to 60 groups are considering lawsuits against the SPLC and may extend the suit to organizations who use their lists in reporting the news or in running their businesses.
On Tuesday, O’Neil reported that at least 60 organizations are considering legal action against the SPLC following its defamation settlement with Nawaz.
“We haven’t filed anything against the SPLC, but I think a number of organizations have been considering filing lawsuits against the SPLC because they have been doing to a lot of organizations exactly what they did to Maajid Nawaz,” Liberty Counsel founder and chair Mat Staver told PJ Media on Tuesday. “There are probably about 60 organizations that we’re talking to — there’s at least 60,” he said, describing the Nawaz settlement as “significant” because “the allegations that were at issue here were very similar to the allegations against the other groups.”
The SPLC has strayed so far from its original purpose that even Politico did an article about how they have gone so far off the deep end. They even gave some examples of their extremism:
- Former Islamist and self described “counter-extremist” Maajid Nawaz appeared in the SPLC’s 2016 “Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists” for using his platform “to savage Islam.”
- The Family Research Council — a conservative Christian nonprofit led by Tony Perkins—has been classified by the SPLC as a hate group since 2010 for spreading “false and denigrating propaganda about LGBT people.” In 2012, a gunman who read on the SPLC’s website that the FRC was anti-gay shot up the group’s lobby.
- The Center for Immigration Studies, a nonprofit led by Mark Krikorian that supports lower immigration, appeared in the SPLC’s 2017 “Year in Hate and Extremism” report for producing “fear-mongering misinformation about Latino immigrants.”
- Political scientist Charles Murray has been a fixture on the SPLC’s roster of “extremists,” in part for his writing on race-based intellectual disparities. In March, Middlebury students informed by the SPLC’s designation violently prevented Murray from speaking on campus.
- Somali-born Dutch activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali was stoking controversy for her vocal criticism of Islam long before she found her way onto the SPLC’s 2016 “Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists.” But while some say she is a bigot, others laud her as a human rights icon. …
Churches who do not approve of gay marriage are always listed as hate groups.