Reuters quotes SPLC saying David Horowitz is ‘the godfather of the anti-Muslim Movement’ in an interview with a negative slant on Pam Geller’s cartoon contest

An aerial view shows the car that was used the previous night by two gunmen, who were killed by police, as it is investigated by local police and the FBI in Garland, Texas May 4, 2015. REUTERS/REX CURRY

Robert Shillman heads a publicly traded American technology company called Cognex Corp with a market value of $4 billion. He also says he is a big supporter of last Sunday’s Prophet Mohammad cartoon contest in Texas that was attacked by two gunmen who opened fire before being shot dead by police.

In a telephone interview with Reuters from his home near San Diego, California, Shillman said America’s free speech is under threat. He added that violent attacks on such events are making people fearful and prone to self censorship. Many Muslims regard depictions of the prophet – such as the caricatures displayed at the event – as offensive and against the religion’s teachings.

“It was a terrorist attack on the American way of life,” says Shillman, who says he isn’t anti-Muslim.

Shillman said he remains a director of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, whose Jihad Watch website helped organize the cartoon event in a Dallas suburb with activist Pamela Geller’s American Freedom Defense Initiative.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which tracks what it describes as extremist groups, has called the Freedom Center’s founder, the right-wing commentator David Horowitz, “the godfather of the anti-Muslim Movement.” The Freedom Center says it “combats the efforts of the radical left and its Islamist allies to destroy American values.”

The SPLC also calls Geller’s AFDI a hate group because of the way it talks about and depicts Muslims.

Horowitz, in an email, called Shillman “an American hero” who is entirely transparent in his agenda. Horowitz also said the SPLC couldn’t produce one statement of his own that was anti-Muslim…

I’d say that’s a big compliment to Horowitz (who runs FrontPage), coming from the sleazy SPLC.

  • Dana Garcia

    I like Horowitz well enough but don’t see him as the godfather of resistance. He was slow in recognizing the immigration threat.

  • roccolore

    The SPLC are the godfathers of the anti-freedom, blame the victim movement.

  • Millie_Woods

    The SPLC is one of many racist, pro fascist and socialist umbrella groups that masquerade as a civil rights organization to provide cover for left-wing agitators and hate groups. Every time there’s some sort of altercation involving whites and another race they crawl out from under their rock and make a pronouncement about white racism and agitate for civil unrest. They make a lot of money doing it.

  • Hard Little Machine

    The SPLC also names individuals as ‘hate groups’ which is itself an illegal hate crime.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Shillman is indeed no shill.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    *sigh* I sure wish the SPLC would denounce *me*.

    • Frau Katze

      They only look at Americans AFAIK.

      • DavidinNorthBurnaby

        Blatant discrimination.