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The Southern Poverty Law Center's Shameful Attack on Defenders of Freedom
by Sam Nunberg and Adam Turner
The Southern Poverty Law Center ('SPLC') newly released June "Intelligence Report" titled "30 New Activists Heading Up the Radical Right" is another attempt by the Left to silence those who seek to educate the public on the Islamist threat. While this report purports to describe persons who are so-called dangerous members of the "radical right," it is a misleading work product. Specifically, this report lumps together respectable critics of Radical Islam, including World Net Daily Publisher Joseph Farah, founder and president of the American Center for Security Policy Frank Gaffney, blogger and activist Pamela Geller, writer Cliff Kincaid, and attorney David Yerushalmi, in with bigoted members of the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and the New Black Panthers. This shameful attack on Free Speech is an attempt to silence SPLC's ideological opponents by castigating them "as political opportunists and hard-line Islamophobes." This report serves as another example of the SPLC further destroying its reputation as an unbiased civil rights observer by maligning respectable critics of Radical Islam as bigoted members of the so-called 'radical right.'
The SPLC knows full well that people like Frank Gaffney, an ex-Reagan Defense Department official, and David Yerushalmi, a nationally respected attorney, are neither bigots nor radicals of any sort. For the SLPC to categorize individuals seeking to protect our homeland and rule of law with the likes of David Duke and Malik Zulu Shabazz is both preposterous and unsettling. For example, Malik Zulu Shabazz, the leader of the leftist New Black Panthers organization, is well known for his "long history of anti-Semitism" which "includes promoting conspiracy theories about Jewish foreknowledge of the September 11 terrorist attacks." The SPLC's intellectual dishonesty is a transparent attempt to silence those who educate the public on the threat of radical Islam and Islamist terrorism. It is also axiomatic that this report will be used as a tool by the Islamist's to quiet their opponents – the Organization of Islamic Cooperation has already cited the report's attack on both Dr. Gaffney and Mr. Yerushalmi.
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