The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has long listed Christian organizations and activists for reform in the Muslim world along with racists like the Ku Klux Klan. The SPLC’s “hate group” lists and “hate map” have unfairly targeted mainstream conservatives, and even some liberals. Now, some of the groups slandered by this organization have begun to fight back — and it’s not just Christian groups like D. James Kennedy Ministries and Liberty Counsel.
“The SPLC, who made their money suing the KKK, were set up to defend people like me, but now they’ve become the monster that they claimed they wanted to defeat,” Maajid Nawaz, a British politician and founder of the anti-Islamist organization the Quilliam foundation, declared in a video announcing his lawsuit against the SPLC for defamation.
“They have named me, alongside Ayaan Hirsi Ali, on a list of ‘Anti-Muslim Extremists,'” Nawaz said. “I am suing the SPLC for defamation and I need your help to win.”
The Quilliam founder announced his lawsuit in late July. He admitted that “suing the SPLC will be very expensive,” adding, “I can’t fund it on my own.” Therefore, he launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise enough money to carry out the lawsuit.
Following the white nationalist riots in Charlottesville, the SPLC — which already had a massive fundraising operation — picked up more supporters and publicity. George Clooney and his wife Amal pledged $1 million to the group, as did the company J.P. Morgan.
Apple CEO Tim Cook was even more generous. Cook announced his company would give $1 million to the SPLC, that it would match any donations from employees at a two-to-one rate by September 30, and that Apple would set up a system in iTunes software to let consumers directly donate to the organization.
In June, the charity navigation website GuideStar adopted the SPLC “hate group” list, marking each profile of the targeted organizations as a “hate group.” ABC and NBC parroted the SPLC’s “hate group” label against Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) last month, and CNN published the group’s “hate map” online.
But the SPLC does not deserve this widespread trust, support, and publicity. The organization is a “cash-collecting machine” that spreads libels against religious organizations and has been connected to two domestic terror attacks.
The “hate” list features Christian organizations like the Family Research Council (FRC), Liberty Counsel, the American Family Association (AFA), and Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), along with other groups like the American College of Pediatricians and the Center for Immigration Studies.
The group also attacked Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a woman’s rights activist who has focused on the treatment of women in the Islamic world. Ali has received many death threats, one of which came after the murder of Theo van Gogh, a Dutch filmmaker she worked with.
Rod Dremer, Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., called Ali “one of the world’s greatest champions of freedom, pluralism, and tolerance.” Chillingly, he added, “Yet in an Orwellian version of reality, a woman whose life is threatened every day by extremist Muslims is labeled by the SPLC an anti-Muslim extremist.”
In the video announcing his lawsuit, Nawaz declared that “placing my name on a list like this not only smears my name, but also puts me in physical danger.” He noted that “the Left has descended into violence, whether that’s punching people on the street, throwing explosives and attacking people in protests and riots or assassination attempts on Right-wing politicians by leftist fans of the SPLC.”
A morning walk turns deadly for a Harnett County woman’s dog. Mary McNeilly said two pit bulls attacked her Chihuahua named Layah right before her eyes.
It happened Monday morning in her backyard, and she’s calling on officials to get these dogs off the streets.
“They pulled her apart,” McNeilly said. “They tore her apart.”
McNeilly didn’t know the walk with her 14-year-old blind-and-deaf pet would be the last. She said the neighbor’s two pit bulls approached as she walked outside her back door.
“They came around the corner of the house and got her. Each one of them had a part of her,” McNeilly said.
It’s a part of McNeilly’s family she’ll never get back.
McNeilly said the dogs tore Layah’s body apart and carried what was left of her off to the woods. Thirty minutes later they returned.
“They came back out, but there was no dog. They couldn’t find any remains or anything. So my little dog is out there,” McNeilly said.
She still has three other dogs to look after. Her son, Wayne is monitoring the property closely to make sure those vicious dogs don’t attack the others, but he says this isn’t the first encounter they’ve had.
“Three months ago or two months ago, they would come after me,” Wayne McNeilly said.
Since the attack, officials with Harnett County Animal Services have identified the neighbor’s pit bulls as potentially dangerous.
But McNeilly said that doesn’t change the fact that Layah is gone forever.
“She needs to be remembered for the horrible death she had,” McNeill said.
FOUNTAIN, Fla. — A 76-year-old woman was killed by a pit bull after agreeing to watch her daughter and son-in-law’s dogs while they were out of town.
WJHG TV reports that Alicia Malagon was found unresponsive in a large pool of blood on Saturday in the kitchen of her daughter’s home in Fountain, in Florida’s panhandle.
Calhoun County Sheriff’s officials said Malagon had brought her small Dachshund with her to the home, and one of her daughter’s dogs — a pit bull — started attacking the smaller dog. When Malagon tried to separate the two, the bigger dog bit her in several places, opening a large gash in her leg.
A family member found her. First responders took her to a hospital where she died. The pit bull is being quarantined.
THE white Christian girl who was placed in the care of Muslim foster parents who sparked outrage by allegedly taking her crucifix away was returned to her family yesterday.
The five-year-old was reunited with her gran after a Muslim judge insisted children needed “culturally matched placements”.
The Times reports Judge Khatun Sapnara ruled it was in the child’s best interests to live with a family member who will meet her needs “in terms of ethnicity, culture and religion”.
She also ordered Tower Hamlets council in East London to conduct an urgent investigation into the case, which she called “very concerning” and a matter of legitimate public interest.
After the hearing at East London family court, the girl’s relatives were said to be hugely relieved to have her back with them.
Yesterday it was revealed she begged not to go back to the home because “they don’t speak English” according local authority reports seen by The Times.
She had been taken from her family and placed in the care of two Muslim homes in London for six months by Tower Hamlets council.
The girl is said to have told her mother that “Christmas and Easter are stupid” and that “European women are stupid and alcoholic”.
In the reports, a social services worker described the girl as being “very distressed”.
It is understood she was not allowed to eat her favourite food, carbonara, because it contained bacon.
Her mother is said to be horrified by the alien culture her daughter has been placed in
Councils must consider a child’s “religious persuasion, racial origin and cultural and linguistic background” when it comes to foster care.
A friend of the girl’s mother said: “This is a five-year-old white girl.
“She’s trapped in a world where everything feels foreign and unfamiliar. That’s really scary for a young child.”