In 2004 the British National Party (BNP), antisemitic and racist Holocaust deniers, ran a Jewish candidate in London’s local elections. Mrs Pat Robertson’s (nee Feldman) candidacy was branded a “sick stunt” by Jewish community leaders and revealed to be a “gimmick” by the racist BNP ideologue and editor of the BNP’s Spearhead magazine John Tyndall, who describes the process from the inside:
And here is where it is time to examine the latest ‘gimmick’ employed by the current BNP leadership by its adoption of a Jewish candidate to contest a local government election in the Epping Forest area. I use the word ‘gimmick’ deliberately for that is precisely what it is – just as previous gimmicks have been used, notably the adoption of a candidate in Cumbria who was reported as rejoicing in his black son-in-law and half-black grandchild and the granting of a regular column to a Sikh writer in the party newspaper.
Whether unwitting tools or amoral and self-serving opportunists these “gimmicks” who are rich in propaganda value have routinely been hurried to the foreground using the same tried and tested formula: Fringe members of a discriminated against and/or minority community are elevated and prioritised above the mainstream and grassroots community to front the oppressive agendas of the majority and/or powerful. Examples include
- LGBT against same-sex marrige
- Anti-feminist women
- Jewish Holocaust Deniers
- And black lobbyists for Apartheid South Africa
The rewards can be plentiful. William Keyes, the black American apartheid lobbyist earned $390,000 per year in the 1980s from the anti-black South African State. Similarly, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a black Somali, accepted a $250,000 award in 2015 from the ultra-Conservative Bradley Foundation (also Quilliam Foundation donors) who had financed the “race realist” Charles Murray’s The Bell Curve – A debunked study, widely denounced as racist, which explored supposed racial differences in IQ.
The Islamophobic terrorist and mass-murderer Anders Breivik understood this dynamic well and he worshipped Hirsi Ali. From Breivik’s manifesto:
Because of her background she has made criticism of Islam acceptable to people who would otherwise find it difficult to digest the arguments she presents…She is an invaluable asset to the fight against global Jihad and as worthy of the Prize as any other living person
A prime example of this dynamic at work was the anti-Islam Gatestone Institute and Clarion Project’s so-called “Muslim Reform Movement”. Gatestone were founded in 2011 by Sears fortune heiress and committed Zionist Nina “The Sugar Mama of Anti-Muslim Hate” Rosenwald. Breivik’s manifesto – which is an attempt to incite a legion of Islamophobes into terrorism – mentions/cites 25 of their authors, some such as “Fjordman”, an “especially central witness” repeatedly.
The Clarion Project are tied at the hip to the Israeli-Government backed pro-settler and Jewish fundamentalist organisation Aish Hatorah. Both groups propagate a singular anti-Islam/pro-Israel agenda with their respective stable of anti-Muslim extremists. The notion that they are sincere in their desire in reforming Islam is absurd yet they had 14 Muslims front their campaign, one of these being Quilliam’s Usama Hasan.
Hasan’s presence at the Dec 4th launch exposed the duplicitious nature of Nawaz’s Quilliam foundation. Just 3 days prior, Haras Rafiq, Quilliam’s Managing Director was being scolded by the Home Affairs Select Committee for Quilliam’s associations with the anti-Islam organisation The Gatestone Institute. He pleaded ignorance, appealed to plausible deniability but acknowledged the mistake. Rafiq vowed to discontinue any future associations (while Usama Hasan was presumably preparing for his Washington Trip to play a leading role in Gatestone’s event days later).
This Quilliam-Gatestone alliance continues up to the present day. Below, we have the darling of the New Atheist circuit Maajid Nawaz with Raheel Raza and Douglas Murray; both of Gatestone, at a Sept 2016 NSS event.
To fully understand the workings of the Quilliam Foundation you need to peer behind the surface of its liberal facade.
- Ostensibly Liberal: Bankrolled by the American Right. Spends an enormous amount of time attacking and dividing the Left.
- Ostensibly Secular: Bankrolled by Christian Fundamentalists Templeton
- Ostensibly Peaceful: Lobbies for violent regime-change.
- Ostensibly pro-LGBT Rights: Shares donors with the anti-LGBT lobby. (Templeton: $1,000,000 to Quilliam and $900,000 against Prop 8)
- Ostensibly (and here pertinently) Counters-Extremism: According to right-wing extremist Tommy Robinson: Quilliam offered him a “you scratch my back. I’ll scratch your’s deal” – where in exchange for his “deradicalisation” they would pay his household bills for the duration of his incarceration.
Depending on which side of Nawaz’s mouth you listen to determines which side of the argument of his SLPC-listing you fall down on. Nawaz is largely despised by the Muslim community but it’s a myth that it’s due to his identification as a “liberal Muslim”. Rula Jebreal, Mehdi Hassan and Reza Aslan are all liberal Muslims but are largely respected by the Community. Nawaz’s friction with British Muslims and beyond is due to his repeated validation and empowerment of anti-Islam extremists who in a climate of ever-rising anti-Muslim hysteria increase the daily hardships faced by the already persecuted Muslim minority community.
Nawaz’s caping for anti-Muslim extremists like Hirsi Ali, Tarek Fatah, Douglas Murray (who has called to “make conditions for Muslims harder across the board” and Sam Harris (who has declared “Most Muslims are utterly deranged“) if not making Maajid Nawaz a clear-cut anti-Muslim extremist outright renders him at least their handmaiden.
Murray’s anti-Muslim extremism was deemed too exteme for the Conservative Party front-benchers and he was removed. Yet his extremism is validated by a supposed liberal Muslim countering-extremism.
This explains the anti-Muslim bigot/New Atheist pushback onto the SPLC. Nawaz, whatever his intentions, is the prized asset of the “liberal” anti-Islam movement. The Muslim who denies the existence of Islamophobia is the goose that laid the golden egg. His embracing of the xenophobic and Islamophobia-denying new atheist movement gifts them the “some of my best friends are Muslim” card
The New Atheist currently leading the charge, having initiated a petition ironically to demand the SPLC self-censor is blogger Jerry Coyne. It’s an incredible act of chutzpah from Coyne who on his blog rails time-and-again against Christian Orgs receiving Templeton Funding; or as Coyne calls it a “bribe“. However, has been completely silent on Nawaz’s foundation having being in receipt of a Million dollars from the same foundation. It’s rank hypocrisy.
While Nawaz’s listing is complex Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s is rather more straightforward. While mitigating circumstances exist there is simply no refutation that a woman who wants to “crush Islam militarily” and calls for changing the US Constitution purely to discriminate against US Muslims is an extremist.
Hirsi Ali is a lost cause, firmly embedded within the Neoconservative Lobby. She considers fascist junta leader Sisi a “reformer” and racist war criminal Netanyahu a “man of peace”. Her AHA Foundation was set up with a mysterious $425,000 gift from an anonymous donor – which she promptly staffed with war-hungry neocons and Zionists. She has little-to-no interest in “reforming” Islam. Her preference is to “crush” it.
While Nawaz has no traction within the Muslim community and the wounds are probably too deep to even consider any reconciliation he is uniquely positioned to counter the extremism of his anti-Islam financiers, friends, associates and new atheist followers.
Sadly, I suspect he’ll choose jetting all over the world in his three-piece-suits picking up cheques for confirming the biases of white and middle-class non-Muslims over making a positive impact on the lives of ordinary and decent persecuted Muslims. I hope to be proved wrong.