Latest Posts





SPLC’s Bogus Hate List Cited to Slur Muslim Reformer Meeting MN Legislators

There they go again. Another media outlet–the Star Tribune–perpetuating what Reason magazine recently labeled “the Southern Poverty Law Center scam. A hate group list loved by the media is bogus.” The SPLC’s annual list of supposed hate groups includes umpteen respectable organizations who simply hold conservative views hated by leftists.

The latest incident involves Raheel Raza, a Pakistani-born Canadian author and Muslim reformer who’s best known for her book Their Jihad, Not My Jihad: A Muslim Canadian Woman Speaks Out. A courageous proponent of gender equality and human rights for Muslims, Raza was invited to speak to state legislators today in St. Paul.

But at the last minute Rep. Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park, demanded that Rep. Roz Peterson, R-Lakeville, rescind the invitation. Why? Raza’s affiliation with two supposed “anti-Muslim hate groups” on SPLC’s notorious black list (Act for America and the Clarion Project), as the Star Tribune dutifully pointed out.

Raza’s website describes her as an “intercultural and interfaith diversity consultant, author, public speaker.” But House Minority Leader Melissa Hortman sent Peterson a letter Tuesday calling Raza an extremist.

“Ms. Raza’s hateful agenda includes closing mosques, enforcing a Muslim ban, rejecting refugees and policing the practice of the Islamic faith,” Hortman, D-Brooklyn Park, said in the letter.

Peterson declined to go along with Hortman’s recommendation, keeping an open mind.

Peterson, R-Lakeville, said she has never met Raza, but members of the Clarion Project asked if she wanted to meet Raza and she agreed. When she looked at the organization’s website, Peterson said she did not get the impression it is anti-Muslim. She said she invited all legislators to their discussion and expects to talk about how to address terrorist groups who are targeting Muslims.

“As an inclusive person, I do think it is important to listen to everyone,” Peterson said. “I am certainly not supportive of hate groups.”

While the paper allotted a sentence to each of the organizations accused of being a hate group, the Southern Poverty Law Center was presented as a neutral observer and watchdog of hate.

ACT for America’s website says the group educates citizens and elected officials to protect America from terrorism. The Clarion Project claims to challenge radical Islam and promote human rights. The Southern Poverty Law Center has them on its list of hate groups. Organizations on that list exhibit extreme hostility toward Muslims and “typically hold conspiratorial views regarding the inherent danger to America posed by its Muslim-American community,” the center’s website states.

Unlike many potentially controversial stories on Muslim-related issues, the Star Tribune did not bar readers from submitting comments this time. Apparently the paper feels no need to protect Muslim reformers from its readers’ opinions. Go figure.




Upcoming Events

  • YLC Curling Event

    Location: Chaska Curling Center 3210 Chaska Blvd, Chaska, MN 55318

    Grab your broom and stone and join the Young Leadership Council for an evening of Curling at the Chaska Curling Center! $40 registration includes: Instruction Ice time and equipment Appetizers (Curling Center Bar will be available to purchase drinks) The event will begin with 15-20 minutes of classroom instruction on curling rules and basics followed by 20-30 minutes on the ice for practice and drills. Instructors will be on hand the whole evening to guide your games. Dress Code: Bring a pair of clean-on-the-bottom shoes to change into. No leather soles or metal lace hooks Loose fitting or strechy clothes…

    Register Now
  • The Diversity Delusion

    Location: Hilton Minneapolis 1001 South Marquette Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55403

    Please join Center of the American Experiment on Wednesday, April 24th at the Hilton Hotel for a lunch forum with Heather Mac Donald as she discusses her new book, The Diversity Delusion: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture.  Heather Mac Donald is the Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a contributing editor of City Journal, and a New York Times bestselling author. She is a recipient of the 2005 Bradley Prize. Mac Donald’s work at City Journal has covered a range of topics, including higher education, immigration, policing, homelessness and homeless advocacy, criminal-justice reform, and race…

    Register Now
  • 2019 Annual Dinner Featuring Nigel Farage

    Location: Hilton Minneapolis 1001 South Marquette Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55403

    Purchase Tickets Here

    Register Now