Maajid Nawaz, (a former Islamist-turned-Muslim reformer) joined Sam Harris on Joe Rogan’s podcast to announce that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) had removed its list of “anti-Muslim extremists” from its website.

On Wednesday April 18, Maajid Nawaz, (a former Islamist-turned-Muslim reformer) joined famed atheist writer Sam Harris on Joe Rogan’s podcast to announce that Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) had removed its list of “anti-Muslim extremists” from its website.

The SPLC, founded in 1971, made a name for itself as the premier non-profit organization dedicated to tracking and exposing American neo-Nazis and effectively fighting far-right groups like the Ku Klux Klan.
Last October, the SPLC published a list of people who (it said) “routinely espouse a wide range of utter falsehoods, all designed to make Muslims appear as bloodthirsty terrorists or people intent on undermining American constitutional freedoms.” The list included Nawaz—founder of the Muslim counter-extremism organization Quilliam Foundation, and astoundingly, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a victim of female genital mutilation in her native Somalia and founder of the anti-FGM AHA Foundation.

Calling him someone who “savage[s] Islam,” the SPLC attacked Nawaz for once tweeting a simple drawing of Jesus and Muhammad, saying that other Muslims find such drawings blasphemous.

As he said in an interview with Bill Maher, Nawaz got tired of the SPLC’s slander. He decided to sue, retaining a well-known law firm to help him get the job done. Last week, the firm sent a letter to the SPLC, saying “The  Journalist’s  Manual  falsely  accused  Mr. Nawaz —who  is  identified  as  the  Quilliam  Foundation’s  founder—of  being  an “anti-Muslim  extremist” who  causes  “hate-based  violence”  and  “criminal hate  violence”  against  Muslims. These  statements  are  false  and  defamatory  per  se,  both  because  they accuse Mr. Nawaz and  the  Quilliam  Foundation of  criminal  activity  and  because  they  impugn them  in  their  profession  as activists dedicated  to  countering extremism  and  speaking  out  against hate  crimes and  the  targeting  of  Muslims.”

The letter seems to have done the trick, as the original list has vanished from the SPLC website.
According to Patheos, the SPLC has not responded to requests for comment; nor has it answered MEF’s president, Dr. Daniel Pipes’ tweet on the matter.

Nawaz’s podcast can be viewed here: