Former Islamist Suing SPLC After Being Labeled 'Extremist' for Criticizing Jihadism
A former Islamic extremist is suing the Southern Poverty Law Center for defamation after they accused him of being a fame-seeker by exposing his past experiences with terror groups.
The SPLC named Maajid Nawaz an "anti-Muslim extremist," saying his story is riddled with holes and has been dismissed by fellow jihadists, Trace Gallagher reported.
The SPLC famously brought lawsuits against the Ku Klux Klan many years ago, but Nawaz said they have transformed into a left-wing political organization.
Nawaz said he and his Quilliam Foundation expose and critique modern Islamic extremism and try to fight the phenomenon as moderate Muslims.
He said it was ironic that they criticized him because he was once a liberal democrat on a political ticket in London.
"They are ideologically driven to silence any voice that introspects from within the Muslim community," Nawaz said.
Nawaz said the SPLC went as far as to temporarily name HUD Secretary Ben Carson to their list of extremists.
He said the SPLC is "more interested in point-scoring against the right wing" and was historically a "great organization" when it fought the KKK.
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