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Every time the Southern Poverty Law Center sent out another begging letter asking donors to help an organization with a mere 216 million dollar endowment fight an impossible uphill battle against Bare Naked Islam, Atlas Shrugs and Concerned Citizens for the First Amendment, I had to do my part so that all the poor employees of the Southern Poverty Law Center would have enough to eat that night.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which seems to have expanded beyond its core mission of using the law to impoverish people in the south, to qualify as an anti-Muslim hate group, you had to believe such outrageous filthy things as the notion that Islam might be, “sanctioning pedophilia, marital rape, and child marriage.”
People who believe such Islamophobic nonsense include the Ayatollah Khamenei, the Grand Mufti of Australia and the author of a certain curious hadith that affirms:
“The Prophet wrote the (marriage contract) with ‘Aisha while she was six years old and consummated his marriage with her while she was nine years old and she remained with him for nine years (i.e. till his death).” (Sahih Bukhari 7.62.88)
The Koran, meanwhile, also sanctions polygamy: “marry of women as may be agreeable to you, two, or three, or four.”
Quickly I understood that I was now part of a much bigger anti-Muslim hate group than I had realized. This Islamophobic group included all of Islam. Was it possible for Islam itself to be an anti-Muslim hate group? It seemed mind-boggling, but there could be no other answer.
Pakistan, which had legalized the marriage of 12 year olds, was surely the base for a major Anti-Islamic hate group which was doing its best to demean Islam. It also appeared to be conspiring to depict Muslims as “irrational, intolerant and violent,” which was another check box on the SPLC list. But the story didn’t end there.
“These groups also typically hold conspiratorial views regarding the inherent danger to America posed by its Muslim-American community.” Now it appeared that anti-Islam hate groups included the FBI and the NYPD, which were notorious for suspecting that Muslim-Americans might be terrorists and arresting them and detaining them for doing nothing more than practicing some aspects of their religion.
Suddenly it wasn’t just one man and a cat– it was the entire Muslim world, the FBI, the NYPD and it didn’t end there. The Southern Poverty Law Center’s own website had a list of Top 10 Jihadists, slurring the names of such respectable practitioners of traditional Islam as Anwar Al-Awlaki, a Muslim cleric who had appeared on PBS, NPR and many other outlets to explain the peaceful nature of Islam, and Abdullah Muhammad, whom the Center outrageously suggests was conspiring to terrorize South Park for mocking the other Muhammad, the one who, in a bid to make Islam look bad, practiced pedophilia, marital rape and child marriage.
Even the Southern Poverty Law Center had exposed itself as an anti-Islam hate group, and how could I or anyone else trust it to assemble a reliable anti-Islam hate group list, when it had left itself off that list?
It was hard for me to accept that a group of intrepid researchers who had cluelessly listed Ann Barnhardt twice, listed Silver Bullet Gun Oil, a gun lubricant, as a hate group, and listed single-author blogs like mine, Pamela Geller’s and Bonni Intall’s as “hate groups,” could possibly be wrong. How could an organization which wrote down “Casa D’Ice Signs” as a hate group without realizing that Casa D’Ice was a bar, make a mistake?
But there was no way around it. The SPLC had proven to be Islamophobes and couldn’t be trusted anymore. And so I could no longer take their word that I and my cat were an anti-Muslim hate group. Though Morris Dees may have to go hungry to bed tonight, I must decline the honor of posing as a member of a hate group in order to help him defraud his donors. But I will always remember the brief four hours when I had my own hate group.
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