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The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Vice President of U.S. Advocacy Jeremy Tedesco regarding the Southern Poverty Law Center’s apology and announcement Monday of a settlement payout of more than $3.3 million for sloppily labelling Muslim anti-terrorism group Quilliam and prominent Islamic-reformer Maajid Nawaz as “anti-Muslim extremists”:

“It’s appalling and offensive for the Southern Poverty Law Center to compare peaceful organizations which condemn violence and racism with violent and racist groups just because it disagrees with their views. That’s what SPLC did in the case of Quilliam and its founder Maajid Nawaz, and that’s what it has done with ADF and numerous other organizations and individuals. This situation confirms once again what commentators across the political spectrum have being saying for decades: SPLC has become a far-left organization that brands its political opponents as “haters” and “extremists” and has lost all credibility as a civil rights watchdog. With eight wins in the last seven years at the U.S. Supreme Court and hundreds of victories for free speech at America’s public universities, ADF is one the nation’s most respected and successful legal advocates, working to preserve our fundamental freedoms of speech, religion, and conscience for people from all walks of life. SPLC’s sloppy mistakes have ruinous, real-world consequences for which they should not be excused.”
 
  • Pronunciation guide: Tedesco (Tuh-DESS’-koh)
 
Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.
 
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