Some non-Muslim white folks seem to feel comfortable and well qualified to smear advocates for reform in Islam as "anti-Muslim."
The Southern Poverty Law Center smeared former radical Maajid Nawaz as an "anti-Muslim extremist" in a 2016 report. After several shifting justifications, the group had to eat the report last month, taking it off its website.
Now, a United States senator has called a devout Muslim and reform advocate "anti-Muslim" in remarks on the Senate floor. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., was explaining his decision to oppose CIA Director Mike Pompeo's nomination to serve as secretary of state last week. One reason, Murphy said, is Pompeo's "deeply intertwined" relationships with anti-Muslim groups including the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD).
The charge is as baseless as the SPLC's.