UPDATE: Heather adds this:
When I did the post in support of Maajid Nawaz, I also wrote to SPLC. I got a response from them, the contents of which I found pretty appalling.
I’ve done a post which includes my email, their response, and what I think of their response:
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has disgraced itself by putting out a “blacklist” of supposed anti-Muslim extremists, including on it the “extremists” Maajid Nawaz and Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Both of them are Muslim reformers, and I’ve written before about the injustice of including these two on a list along with real bigots. (I now feel that the SPLC has no business issuing any such blacklists.)
Most of the criticisms of that list have defended Maajid Nawaz, a believing Muslim rather than an apostate Muslim like Hirsi Ali. But I call your attention to a good defense of Hirsi Ali in a post on Heather Hastie’s website, “Why Ayann Hirsi Ali Shouldn’t Be on SPLC’s ‘Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists‘”. “Ayann” is misspelled, but that’s clearly a typo because the spelling is correct throughout the post itself. (I’ve called it to Heather’s attention and am sure it’ll be corrected.)
It’s a particularly incisive post, with Heather demolishing every point that the SPLC leveled against Hirsi Ali when damning her as an inciter of hatred against Muslims. I won’t summarize it here, but I urge readers who want to skinny on Hirsi Ali to go read it.
As for the SPLC, I have no use for them. They are nothing to me now, just as Freddo became nothing to Michael Corleone.