As I noted yesterday, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has screwed up big time by including the names of Maajid Nawaz and Ayaan Hirsi Ali on its “field guide to anti-Muslim activists”, saying that these reformers “fuel the hatred of Muslims.” That’s simply not true, and is an outrageous accusation. If reform is to come to extremist Islam, it will be from people like these, who have no fear of criticizing not Muslims, but the oppressive parts of their faith.
Change.org has a petition directed to the SPLC to remove the names of Hirsi Ali and Nawaz from their list. Of course they won’t, but I think it’s important that the SPLC know that many of us support the reformist activities of Hirsi Ali, Nawaz, and the Nawaz’s Qulliam Foundation. If you found the SPLC’s inclusion of these two as odious as I and many readers did, please go over and sign that petition. As of this writing, only 1952 people have signed out of the first goal of 2500.