So it looks like Congressman Jim Moran is getting ready early to try to ram amnesty for illegal aliens down our throats, aided of course by the ACORN-tainted SEIU. What’s fascinating here is one of the number of non-profit organizations that seems so eager to throw away their tax-exempt status by violating rules barring their advocacy of a particular legislative proposal. St. Anthony’s Parish, a
Methodist Catholic church, and Culmore United Methodist are not usually so utterly negligent.
IRS regulations require that organizations awarded tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code refrain from advocating for or against the passage of any legislative proposal in addition to refraining from endorsing or opposing candidates for office. In doing so, contributions to the organization are tax-exempt. If they wanted to become a political organization, they’d have to file under Section 501(c)(4) which would allow them to do this, but they would have to forego having contributions be tax-deductible. Otherwise, “charitable” organizations would be engaging in political activity while being underwritten in a way by the federal government.
Churches have lost their tax-exempt status in the past for exactly this kind of behavior, and the financial impact of having a 501(c)(3) status revoked is enormous. When a church suddenly has to pay back taxes and is now subject to having all their contributions subjected to taxes, it leaves a financial hole that can be absolutely crippling. Often, they close as a result. This is about as dumb a move as one could imagine, putting political convictions ahead of the fiancial viability of a church.
As for the rest of these organizations, it’s a veritable who’s who of the fringe political left in Virginia. Just the types Jim Moran typically likes to associate with. They’ll provide him with a nice illegal alien-friendly audience tonight that will allow him to say that all he’s heard about the issue is that we need to leagalize all the illegal aliens so they can get taxpayer-funded healthcare.
UPDATE: The Dar Al Hijirah Islamic Center which is a part of this has also been criticized for helping the 9-11 hijackers and having clerics associated with Al -Quaeda. The center is linked to convicted terrorist Abduraman Al-Amoudi, the Muslim Brotherhood, and other extremist Islamic organizations.
On Dar Al Hijrah’s website, there are links to the sites of two prominent organizations linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, an 80-year-old religious movement that seeks to make Islamic religious law, or Shariah, the controlling basis for society: The Muslim American Society (MAS) and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
The imam of Dar Al Hijrah is Shaker Elsayed, a former MAS secretary-general, who has spoken admiringly of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan Al-Banna, telling the Chicago Tribune that his ideas are “the closest reflection of how Islam should be in this life.” Elsayed also accused the Justice Department of unfairly targeting Muslims like Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, who was convicted of joining al Qaeda while overseas and plotting to assassinate President George W. Bush. Abu-Ali, currently serving a 30-year prison sentence, worshiped at Dar Al Hijrah.
The Eid video includes Esam Omeish, a member of Dar Al Hijrah’s board of directors who was recently defeated in his bid for the Democratic nomination in District 35 in the Virginia House of Delegates. In 2004, Omeish praised Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, founder of the Hamas terror group who had been assassinated a month earlier by Israel as “our beloved Sheikh Ahmed Yassin.” In 2007, Omeish was forced to resign from a Virginia immigration panel after a video was posted showing him praising Palestinians who chose “the jihad way” to liberate their land from Israel.
So we have Jim Moran, local churches, and the SEIU helping radical Islamists push for giving amnesty for illegal aliens. That’s really got to make folks wonder what the heck is going on here.
UPDATE 2: St. Anthony’s, it turns out, is a Catholic church. I guess the Diocese of Arlington is intent on getting itself into trouble AGAIN.
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