The Government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA and NAIT with HLF, the Islamic Association for Palestine (“IAP”), and with Hamas. While the Court recognizes that the evidence produced by the Government largely predates the HLF designation date, the evidence is nonetheless sufficient to show the association of these entities with HLF, IAP, and Hamas.
The purpose of 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status is to promote donations to genuine charitable, educational, religious, and humanitarian activities that benefit our society. It is difficult to see how promotion of illegal activities, and verbal support for terroristic violence, conforms to this purpose. As reported by WorldNet Daily,
It is difficult to see how a seditious statement of this nature is consistent with any kind of charitable, educational, humanitarian, or legitimate religious mission. Advocacy of the overthrow of the Constitution's Bill of Rights makes matters even worse.“If we are practicing Muslims, we are above the law of the land,” said Mustafa Carroll, executive director of the Dallas-Fort Worth CAIR branch.
CAIR Supports Terroristic Violence
It is a felony only to provide material support for terrorists, and this means weapons, money, and/or training. It is not illegal to advocate for terrorists verbally or in writing, although one can question whether an organization that does this should benefit from tax exempt status.
October 12, 2001: Ghazi Kankan, executive director of CAIR's New York office at the time, defended Hamas's targeting of Israeli civilians. He told the Jewish Week that, like Hamas, he considered all Israelis over the age of 18 to be "military" because "they are all reserves."During a panel discussion at Barry University in Florida, Nihad Awad said: "I used to support the PLO, and I used to be the President of the General Union of Palestine Students which is part of the PLO here in the United States, but after I researched the situation inside Palestine and outside, I am in support of the Hamas movement more than the PLO."
CAIR also hosts, on its own website, an article called "The Zionist Attack on Jewish Values" by Lawrence Davidson, professor of Middle East history, West Chester University. The last two paragraphs, which advocate boycott, divestment, and sanctions, are highly instructive. Davidson is also popular with the Electronic Intifada and Intifada-Palestine.com, where he talks about the "Israeli lobby." CAIR has therefore self-identified as an enemy of Israel, and a friend of Islamist terrorists
The takeaway is, however, the fact that CAIR officials have made similar statements. This makes the organization a problem, and we need to watch it carefully for anything it might do to deserve permanent revocation of its tax exemption. Here is the form one uses to file an official complaint with the IRS. Remember, though, that the organization must actually do something that violates its tax-exempt status; mere dislike of its activities does not qualify. Until this happens, public opprobrium is the best recourse, and CAIR's invitation to Al Sharpton has just put it on record as an anti-Semitic hate group. Racism is somewhat less credible only because CAIR's membership includes Caucasians.
Al Sharpton: the Klan with a Tan
As reported by The Clarion Project:
Keith Ellison compared the 9/11 terrorist attacks to the Reichstag fire, and hinted that the U.S. government might have been involved. "The fact is that I'm not saying September 11 was a U.S. plan or anything like that because, you know, that's how they put you in the nut-ball box – dismiss you." Moran made a "Jews control America" statement prior to the Iraq war.Reverend Al Sharpton, host of PoliticsNation on MSNBC and former presidential candidate, will be the keynote speaker at the annual fundraiser for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity with an extremist history.CAIR’s 20th Annual Banquet will be held on September 27 in Arlington, Virginia and also features Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN).
- In 1988, Sharpton and his entourage falsely accused citizens of Wappingers Falls, NY, of raping Tawana Brawley. Sharpton was later convicted of defamation (civil tort) as a result.
- In 1991, Sharpton helped provoke the Crown Heights riots, in which a rampaging mob murdered a Jew. Sharpton has used anti-Semitic language like "diamond merchants" to describe Jews.
- In 1995, Sharpton's National Action Network paraded around a Jewish-owned store, Freddy's Fashion Mart, while screaming about "bloodsucking Jews," "cracker lovers," "don't give the Jew a dime," and "white interloper," the last from Sharpton himself. A deranged individual acted on this hate speech by setting the store on fire, and killing seven workers.