Nawaz will explain the implications of the successful settlement of the legal action against the Southern Poverty Law Center and his hopes for the future.
Maajid Nawaz, the Founding Chairman of Quilliam, will appear in person in New York, to discuss the inside story of the SPLC legal action and the implications of the victory, on Monday July 23, 2 p.m, at:
45 West 44th Street
The Southern Poverty Law Center, Inc. has apologized to Quilliam and its founder Maajid Nawaz for wrongly naming them in its controversial Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists. In a public statement, the SPLC’s president, Richard Cohen, explained that “Mr. Nawaz and Quilliam have made valuable and important contributions to public discourse, including by promoting pluralism and condemning both anti-Muslim bigotry and Islamist extremism”.
The SPLC also agreed to pay a $3.375 million settlement, which Quilliam and Nawaz intend to use to fund work fighting anti-Muslim bigotry and Islamist extremism. “With the help of everyone who contributed to our litigation fund, we were able to fight back against the Regressive Left and show them that moderate Muslims will not be silenced,” said Nawaz. “We will continue to combat extremists by defying Muslim stereotypes, calling out fundamentalism in our own communities, and speaking out against anti-Muslim hate.”
Maajid Nawaz said:
“Muslims who are politically moderate face a triple threat. We are attacked by far Right anti-Muslim bigots, who claim that all Muslims are covert extremists. We are threatened by Islamist and jihadist groups, who regard us as apostates who deserve to be killed. When we challenge hatred in our own communities, the far Left then labels us as anti-Muslim bigots. By doing so, they paint a target on our backs, and make it more likely that we will be physically attacked.
It is completely unacceptable for politically moderate Muslims to be vilified in this manner. Those of us who believe in equality and respect for fundamental human rights need to stand together against hatred and bigotry. The victory in the legal action against the SPLC is a milestone in the fight against the triple threat that Muslims face.”
Tickets to the event will be strictly limited and must be pre-booked by emailing [email protected].