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Sludge Magazine Tries to Shut Down Opposition to Jihad Terror

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Alex Kotch of the aptly-named Sludge Magazine reported Tuesday that various “anti-Muslim nonprofits” have “received funds from one or more of the donor-advised funds investigated by Sludge.” Yes — and so?

“Abbas Barzegar, director of research at Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), told Sludge” that this was a bad thing that must be stopped. Leftist “journalists” are increasingly open about their desire to silence all opposition to the Leftist agenda, and Kotch is an eager Stakhanovite in this effort.

In The Coming of the Third Reich, historian Richard J. Evans explains how, in the early days of National Socialist Germany, Stormtroopers (Brownshirts) “organized campaigns against unwanted professors in the local newspapers [and] staged mass disruptions of their lectures.” To express dissent from Nazi positions became a matter of taking one’s life into one’s hands. The idea of people with opposing viewpoints airing their disagreements in a civil and mutually respectful manner was gone. One was a Nazi, or one was silent — and fearful.

Today’s fascists, such as Kotch, call themselves “anti-fascists” and claim that they’re against “hate.” But like the Nazis, they are totalitarian: Determined not to allow their opponents to murmur the slightest whisper of dissent. Forcibly suppressing the speech of someone with whom one disagrees is a quintessentially fascist act. These fascists will target you for destruction if you oppose jihad mass murder and Sharia oppression of women and others. And so it is that Kotch is going after various charitable foundations, trying to intimidate them into stopping donations to groups that the Southern Poverty Law Center deems to be “hate groups.”

Never mind that the SPLC is incurably biased and viciously inaccurate, lumping in legitimate organizations whose only crime is to dissent from the Leftist agenda with the likes of the KKK and neo-Nazis. What the SPLC’s Heidi Beirich says in Kotch’s article is revealing: “Beirich said the SPLC has a high bar for listing organizations as hate groups. SPLC looks for ‘organizations that demean or debase an entire other group of people based on their inherent characteristics.’ Hate groups are those that issue ‘serious slurs’ — for example, claims that Jews are evil or gay men are pedophiles.”

Well, in that case Jihad Watch (and the American Freedom Defense Initiative, the David Horowitz Freedom Center, and the Center for Security Policy, and others that Kotch names) are not actually “hate groups” by the SPLC’s own criterion. I challenge Heidi Beirich and Alex Kotch to come up with a single time that I or any other Jihad Watch writer has demeaned or debased an entire group of people based on their inherent characteristics. And I’m continuing to look into legal options against the SPLC; now that they’ve defined how they decide what qualifies as a “hate group,” it ought to be readily provable that they have defamed me and my organization, and done so willfully and repeatedly.

Kotch unironically turns to Hamas-linked CAIR as an authority. He doesn’t bother to tell his hapless readers that CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case, and so named by the Justice Department. CAIR officials have repeatedly refused to denounce Hamas and Hezballah as terrorist groups. Several former CAIR officials have been convicted of various crimes related to jihad terror. CAIR’s co-founder and longtime Chairman Omar Ahmad as well as its chief spokesman Ibrahim Hooper have made Islamic supremacist statements about how Islamic law should be imposed in the United States. (Ahmad denies this, but the original reporter stands by her story.) CAIR chapters frequently distribute pamphlets telling Muslims not to cooperate with law enforcement. CAIR has opposed virtually every anti-terror measure that has been proposed or implemented, and has been declared a terror organization by the United Arab Emirates. CAIR’s Hussam Ayloush in 2017 called for the overthrow of the U.S. government. CAIR’s national outreach manager is an open supporter of Hamas.

Anyway, Alex Kotch and his colleagues may succeed in drying up all the funding that I and others who oppose jihad mass murder and Sharia oppression of women, gays, and others receive. America is entering a very dark period, with half the electorate believing that the other half has no right to express its views and must be silenced. It’s coming down fast. But Alex Kotch will never be able to make up down, or red blue, or the truth falsehood. It will, however, probably only dawn on him that it isn’t “hate” to oppose jihad terror and Sharia oppression when it is far too late. If ever.