been asking myself who I want to vote for this Tuesday and I can’t decide. Of course I won’t get into personal politics
right now, given that CAIR-Chicago
is a 501(C)3 and I’m speaking in my capacity as the Government Affairs
were the words of (as shown) the Government
Affairs Coordinator for the Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic
Relations (CAIR-Chicago) and the
administrator of CAIR-Chicago’s The
Mobilizer, Sadiya Ahmed. They were
written on February
1, 2008, two months before CAIR-Chicago
violated its 501(c)(3) tax status by posting to its blog an attack on
Presidential candidate, United States Senator John McCain.
has altered its post on Senator McCain, essentially admitting guilt. The question that needs to be asked is will
the group be punished for it?
CAIR’s history as a radical Muslim group is widely known. What has been baffling to many, though, is
how the U.S.
government has allowed the organization to exist for as long as it has. Yet, the key to shutting down the group may
very well hinge not on its Islamist ties, but on its flawed operation as an
American non-profit tax-exempt institution.
On May 19, 2008, this author wrote
a piece for FrontPage, showing how both CAIR
National and CAIR-Chicago, a.k.a. CAIR-Illinois, posted material on their respective websites
that violated the groups’ statuses as 501(c)(3)s.
According to the IRS, under its ‘Ban
on Political Campaign Intervention,’ “For an organization to be tax-exempt
under section 501(c)(3) it cannot “participate in, or intervene in (including
the publishing or distributing of statements) any political campaign on behalf
of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.”
National and CAIR-Chicago have
websites devoted specifically to politics.
CAIR National’s site is
titled CAIR 2008
political site (or weblog) is The Mobilizer.
On the op-ed page of
the CAIR 2008 Elections
site, CAIR National board member
Sarwat Husain called into question the “moral conscience” of Presidential candidate
John McCain. This, while Ahmed Rehab,
writing in his capacity as CAIR
National Director of Communications Strategy, stated on the page, “I am not
drawn to [Presidential candidate Barack] Obama for any other reason but his
political outlook, one that brings me hope that we can move beyond divisiveness
and polarization and toward a new unity for the common good... I am [not]
offended as a Muslim that Obama would not want to be one [a Muslim]... I am
casting a vote for the next president of the United States, not the next imam of
CAIR, being a 501(c)(3), is not allowed to choose one candidate
over another, but the aforementioned statements found on CAIR’s website demonstrate that that is exactly
what it had done. And CAIR National was not the only culprit.
On May 9, 2008, Shazeen Kareem, one of
three contributors to The Mobilizer, posted to
the blog a video attacking Presidential candidate John McCain and his
association with a well-known pastor.
Above the video, Kareem wrote, “Muslims voting for McCain? Not after this!!” Under the video were the words, “I don’t know
how to react. I don’t know what to
say. I’m just amazed at the ignorance
The posting was a blatant
violation of the IRS’s ban, as it
clearly sought to influence Muslims and others to vote against Senator McCain.
Three weeks later, CAIR-Chicago altered the
posting. Now, replacing the
declaration that Muslims won’t be voting for Senator McCain are the innocuous
words, “McCain’s Statement on Muslims.” As
well, the sentence “I’m just amazed at the ignorance that exists” was deleted.
The alteration in the blog post
was reminiscent of when CAIR
National was caught placing a photograph it had doctored, depicting a woman
wearing a hijab (Islamic veil) that had been sloppily painted or ‘Photoshopped’
onto her head, on the homepage of its website.
As reported by Jihad
Watch in September of 2005, the photo, which was taken at a CAIR-sponsored event in Washington, D.C.,
was later replaced by the original, which showed the woman not wearing any type
of head covering.
However, the doctored image is only
a symptom of CAIR’s
disingenuousness. CAIR-Chicago’s altering of a blog post attacking a
Presidential candidate is an admittance of wrongdoing and possible grounds for
the group to lose its tax status as a non-profit organization.
As was mentioned by this author in
his previous article about this subject, according
to the IRS, “Violating this ban [Ban on Political Campaign Intervention]
may result in denial or revocation of the organization’s tax-exempt status...”
Now, it is up to you the reader to
see that the IRS does its job to
investigate this matter fully. If you
are as troubled about CAIR’s and CAIR-Chicago’s infractions as this author is, you
can contact the
IRS with your respectful comments and concerns.
No group should be above the law
or beyond reproach, when it comes to the American taxpayers’ money. That should especially be the case for a
group with a past such as CAIR