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A Response to Matt Duss: Defamation by Any Other Name . . .
by Robert Spencer
Indicative of Matt Duss's dishonesty in his response to the article I co-wrote with David Horowitz about the manipulative neologism "Islamophobia" is his initial labeling of us as "anti-Muslim activists" and his characterization of our work as "the dissemination of hateful anti-Muslim ideas." This appellation is not only inaccurate; it is highly defamatory, as it is intended to mislead Duss's readers into assuming that we oppose a group of people out of sheer racism or bigotry, rather than opposing a radically intolerant and oppressive ideology.
In reality, neither David Horowitz nor I are "anti-Muslim," as I have stated many times. It is neither "anti-Muslim" nor "hateful" to stand for human rights for all people, including Muslims, and to defend the freedom of speech, the freedom of conscience, and equality of rights for women, all of which are denied under traditional forms of sharia.
Duss claims that we are part of "an organized campaign to spread misinformation about the religious faith of millions of Americans" — while denying that he is "peddling 'conspiracy theories'" about us. He makes much of the fact that the reliably Leftist Anti-Defamation League has smeared us also, asking rhetorically, "Should the Anti-Defamation League also be lumped among the 'jihadist apologists'?" Why not? Why should it be surprising that an organization that consistently follows a far-Left political line would follow it in this also?
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