CAIR WAS RUNNING THIS VIDEO -- VOTER DRIVES AT THE FRIDAY NIGHT PRAYER SERVICES AT THE MOSQUE. Obama, the Muslim thing and why it matters (1/08/08)
Nonpartisan? Uh I don't think so "Ayloush, Executive Director of CAIR (LA) believes "Muslims are upset at being used as political punching bags in campaigns, especially by Republicans" "Muslims are saying, enough is enough. We demand to not be treated as second -class citizens anymore. They are going to respond to the rhetoric with their votes".
OBAMA THE TERROR CANDIDATE
Apparently CAIR thought better of it. Because they took it down. Perhaps that's because they were they have been electioneering at mosques - which is illegal.
UPDATE: For those who has asked about lawful voter registration drives at religious institutions, that is only legal IF the organization is non-partisan. "Muslim Americans for Obama", the sponsor of these events, is unquestionably a partisan organization, and thus, any participation by these mosques is illegal and violates their tax exempt status. Additionally, since the Muslim Americans for Obama announcement says that these voter registration drives are intended to "get out the vote for Sen. Obama", they are considered partisan (i.e. intended to benefit a specific candidate) under the law and illegal on that basis as well - in addition to the fact that these events are sponsored by a partisan organization.
The group, Muslim Americans for Obama, has announced a series of “get out the vote” events at mosques in Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, and Ohio this week during Ramadan celebrations. As can be seen in the announcement reprinted below, the organization admits these are “get out the vote” events masquerading as “voter registration”:
Muslim Americans for Obama will be working to get out the vote for Sen. Obama, and they need help registering voters! Volunteers need not be Muslim, though appropriate attire is advised (no sleeveless tops; long pants and ankle-length skirts recommended).
These get out the vote events, of course, flagrantly violate the tax exempt status of these participating mosques, including our own local Noor Islamic Cultural Center, which are strictly prohibited from supporting or endorsing any kind of partisan political activity — even when they claim it is only “voter registration”. In fact, it was these kinds of activities that eventually sunk the Christian Coalition's tax exempt status with the IRS.
Here's the entire announcement posted on Sunday at the Asian-Americans for Obama 08 website (no doubt it will disappear from there shortly), as well as the Muslim Americans for Obama website:
previous COAT post discussing al-Aulaqi's Central Ohio ties.