Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Why is the Southern Poverty Law Center aligning with Muslim Public Affairs Council?

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has positioned itself as being anti-Nazi (a term it likes to equate with right-wing extremism, despite the fact that ‘Nazi’ translates to ‘National Socialist’ – a leftwing ideology). Yet, curiously, SPLC has chosen to align itself with the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). A founder of MPAC, Salam Al-Marayati, appeared on a radio show hours after the 9/11 attacks and said the following:

“If we’re going to look at suspects, we should look to the groups that benefit the most from these kinds of incidents, and I think we should put the state of Israel on the suspect list because I think this diverts attention from what’s happening in the Palestinian territories so that they can go on with their aggression and occupation and apartheid policies.”
Another founder of MPAC is Maher Hathout, who has been described as a supporter of Whahhabism, an extremely anti-Semitic brand of Islam.
When it comes to Wahhabist Islam, there really hasn’t been a more ardent supporter of Nazism’s core beliefs. In WWII, a man who would lead the Muslim Brotherhood – Hajj Amin al-Husseini – aligned with Adolf Hitler; it was an alliance that likely would have become far more public had the Nazis taken Russia.
In light of the SPLC’s professed opposition to ‘right-wing’ extremist groups like neo-Nazis, why would the group align itself with MPAC, which it did last week, along with the far left-wing Center for American Progress (CAP)? It seems SPLC, MPAC, and CAP are all in agreement relative to their opposition to Rep. Michele Bachmann’s attempt to get to the bottom of Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of the U.S. Government.
Here’s an excerpt from MPAC’s announcement (h/t GMBDR):
The Muslim Public Affairs Council invites you to take part in a national town hall-style conference call on “The Real World Impact of Hate Rhetoric in America” on Wednesday, August 15, at 5:30 p.m. PST/ 8:30 p.m. EST.
The 60-minute teleconference will feature experts from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the Center for American Progress and MPAC sharing recent data and analysis on recent irresponsible hate rhetoric by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and other public officials. They will also share resources to aid communities in combatting hate rhetoric.
During the call, SPLC’s Intelligence Project Director, Heidi Beirich, will discuss the latest annual count of the nation’s hate and hardline, anti-government groups. In addition, Beirich is the SPLC’s expert on vextremism, including the white supremacist, nativist and neo-Confederate movements.
SPLC’s professed opposition to neo-Nazi groups should place them squarely on the side of Bachmann, who has expressed concern about Muslim Brotherhood infiltration. The Brotherhood (Ikhwan) is an entity and movement that aligned with the Nazis against the Jews in WWII.
SPLC is obviously counting on a certain percentage of Americans remaining ignorant of truths like these.
For more on SPLC’s inconsistencies, go here and here.