Fresh in from NationalReview.com: 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 over his inclusion on the SPLC’s “Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists.”
The list, which was published in 2016 and was intended to serve as a resource for journalists, was deleted shortly after Nawaz filed the suit. The deletion came roughly two years after Nawaz first demanded a retraction.
REMNANT COMMENT: This is a good start. After all, the SPLC's tactics endanger lives, as Mr. Nawaz pointed out when he announced he was going to sue them two years ago: "When you list heretics among Muslims in this way, they end up dead."
So now, what about everyone else the notorious SPLC has slandered and endangered with their fake news machine down in Montgomery, Alabama?
In December 2017, for example, here in Minnesota, the SPLC went after the mainstream Minnesota Catholic Conference (MCC) and the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity for conducting a symposium on "Man, Woman and the Order of Creation", which the SPLC described as the work of "several anti-LGBT hate groups along with other discredited far-right extremists."
Since the event was sponsored by the MCC, the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute, and the Siena Symposium for Women, Family and Culture, it’s obvious that the SPLC has become emboldened by the success of their fake news hatchet jobs of the past and are now ready to label even mainstream Catholic, diocesan organizations as "haters."
And what's the Catholic response been so far? “Well, at least the SPLC is not coming after me personally. I’ll just keep quiet and everything will be fine.”
This is embarrassingly naïve. As this story demonstrates, there is no appeasing the SPLC. Why? Because the SPLC folks do not believe their own fake news. They make things up and engage in every manner of character assassination against those with whom they have political disagreements. They know very well that these Catholic groups are not hate groups. But they throw it out there anyway, because that's what they do. That’s how they make money.
Create more scary boogeymen every year, and then terrify little old ladies out of their Social Security checks. After all, somebody's got to finance the SPLC super heroes out there saving the planet from Haters.
It's classic fake news, only with a fundraiser twist.
The only way to stop the SPLC is to stand up to them as did the Muslim group, the Quilliam Foundation. Take them to court. Expose them for the public menace they are. Appeasement is a strategy that is wasted on these well-financed bullies.
The SPLC went after Traditional Catholics years ago, and the mainstream Church lifted not one finger in defense. After all, these were “rad trads”….They probably had it coming!
But now mainstream Catholics are being targeted, such as the Minnesota Catholic Conference and even the brother of Catholic Answers president, Christopher Check.
On their website, the SPLC writes:
Father Paul Check was also scheduled to speak at the event. Check previously served as executive director of an “ex-gay” conversion therapy ministry, Courage International. In his role, he spoke out against LGBT inclusive policies and encouraged others to administer reparative therapy, claimed that sexual orientation is a false identity, and that homosexuality was immoral.
You see where this is heading? According the SPLC hate hunters, our scripture is “hate literature", our history is one long saga of hate and, before they're done, the entire Catholic Church will be labeled a “hate group”. Impossible? Not at all. The Nazis did it. The Soviets did it. And when the Democrats win back the White House, the SPLC will help them do it again.
If we Catholics can't "get it together" enough to stand together against this new Gestapo (as the Muslims are doing), they will continue to come after us all until our priests are in jail, homeschoolers are in psych wards, Catholic blogs are shut down, and Catholic bishops are too terrified to object.
Do you think this is someone else's problem? If you're a practicing Catholic, this is your problem. It's not a question of "if" the SPLC decides to come after your church, your group, your co-op, your family next--but rather "when".
The success of these SPLC fundraisers (thinly disguised as "hate investigations") depends on the cowardice of their victims. But when the victims turn around and fight back, the SPLC will lose, just as an abusive man wii lose once his battered wife decides she's had enough. Many people have had enough of the SPLC. In fact, PJ Media is now reporting that 'about 60 organizations' are considering a lawsuit against the SPLC following $3M Nawaz settlement.
It's time for Christians to stand up and fight back...while we still have the right to do so.