Maybe the headline seems like hyperbole to you, but it’s the only thing I could conclude after reading this report:
Bosch Fawstin, a former Muslim who won the Muhammad cartoon contest at the Texas free speech event attacked by two gunmen Sunday, will soon be added to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) list of hate groups.
Mr. Fawstin won $12,500 in prize money at the event, sponsored by Pamela Geller’s American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), for a drawing that showed a sword-wielding prophet in a turban shouting, “You can’t draw me.” In reply, a cartoon bubble portrayed the artist as writing, “That’s why I draw you,” Reuters reported.
The SPLC, which already includes AFDI on its annual list of U.S. hate groups, plans to add the artist to its 2016 report, Heidi Beirich, who leads SPLC’s Intelligence Project, told Reuters on Monday.
The next line is nothing if not ominous:
Ms. Beirich said Mr. Fawstin would have been listed before Sunday’s attack, but the center did not know his location.
So what we have here is a once-mighty American civil rights organization giving moral cover to an international band of murdering religious bigots, whose supporters actually did launch an armed assault at the event where Fawstin won his prize money.
Good to know where the SPLC stands.