Maajid Nawaz is a former Muslim extremist who now spends his time fighting against the spread of radical Islam in the West. For his efforts he has been threatened with death by Islamists and he has been slandered as an “Islamophobe” by liberals. How a Muslim man can be considered to be Islamophobic is beyond me, but such is the logic of the left.
Nawaz appeared on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher this past Friday to discuss his lawsuit against the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which recently added his anti-radical group to their “hate group” list.
As Nawaz explained “well meaning white liberals” often make the fight against radical Islam harder by silencing the people who are defending liberal values.
He also hammered the far-right and the far-left for refusing to be willing to listen to their opponents.
The interview is well worth your time and should be shared:
And why is Nawaz labeled as an “anti-Muslim extremist” by the SPLC?
In its “Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists” the SPLC says, “the evidence suggests that Nawaz is far more interested in self-promotion and money than in any particular ideological dispute. He told several different versions of his story, emphasizing that he was deradicalized while in Egypt — even though he in fact continued his Islamist agitation for months after returning.” SPLC’s principle argument against Nawaz appears to be that his organization supports broad intelligence gathering measures, including monitoring people not accused of crimes, if doing so can prevent future terrorist attacks.
The guide points to comments by Nawaz such as “the ideology of non-violent Islamists is broadly the same as that of violent Islamists; they disagree only on tactics” and “in fact, academic institutions in Britain have been infiltrated for years by dangerous theocratic fantasists. I should know: I was one of them” as proof of his extremism.
Also cited as proof in the guide was that in 2014 “Nawaz tweeted out a cartoon of Jesus and Muhammad — despite the fact that many Muslims see it as blasphemous to draw Muhammad. He said that he wanted ‘to carve out a space to be heard without constantly fearing the blasphemy charge.'”
We must continue to support defenders of freedom, like Nawaz, against the forces of the fascist anti-freedom left.