(Editor’s Note: I am cross-posting a story that Shtuey of Oy…My Valve! has stumbled upon because of the fascist nature of the techniques being used by the IRS to chill free speech for certain new non-profits. I would ask that my readers send this post to as many media outlets as possible so that this story gets some national coverage.)
Introduction From Shtuey of Oy…My Valve!
Those of you who have read my blog for a while know that in 2008 I wrote vociferously against the candidacy of the man now occupying the White House, and was just as strident in my defense of our unalienable rights protected by the Constitution of the United States. I abandoned that work in 2009 in the wake of Operation Cast Lead and the racist fallout from the leftist blogisphere whose bigotry and racism toward the Jewish people and the State of Israel became uncloaked. I have left the work of dealing with the enemies of our republic to others who have bravely stayed vocal in their patriotism, continuing to write and publish against the tyrannical actions of the White House, Congress, and Supreme Court.
My work here has been dedicated to exposing the prejudices of the administration against Jews and Israel, along with Israel’s continuing struggles against the genocidal Arab/Muslim forces arrayed against her, as well as the Israeli left that seeks to subvert the growing power of religious Jews in Israel, methodically engaging in the suicidal effort to give up Jewish lands to the very powers that seek our destruction.
Now, with the revelation that the White House is using the IRS to stifle and silence opposition to its anti-Israel policies, in conjunction with the chronic attack on our rights being led by the administration and the Congress, these issues have collided, as I knew that eventually would. Jewish organizations that oppose the pResident’s policies on Israel now find themselves coming up against the IRS in a direct challenge to the unalienable right of all people to freedom of expression. What is happening now between Z Street and the IRS has far reaching ramifications for all Americans.
On December 29, 2009, ZSTREET, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public regarding issues pertaining to the Middle East, and Israel’s continued existence as a Jewish state, founded by Lori Lowenthal Marcus in response to the faux-pro Israel lobby created by George Soros called “J Street,” filed for 501 (c)(3) status with the IRS to receive non-profit tax status.
On July 19, 2010, nearly seven months after the application was tendered, Z STREET counsel was informed by an IRS agent that the Z STREET application was being delayed, and would possibly be denied because of a (all emphasis mine):
special IRS policy in place regarding organizations in any way connected with Israel, and further that the applications of many such Israel-related organizations have been, according to the IRS, assigned to “a special unit in the D.C. office to determine whether the organization’s activities contradict the Administration’s public policies.”
Source: the Z STREET complaint filed against the IRS.
Read that again and let that roll around in your head for a minute.
The IRS is delaying, and may prevent a legitimate non-profit organizations from receiving 501 c-3 status because their views on Israel are contradictory to those of the White House. Let’s take a look at the ramifications of this action. There are two main points.
The first is that without 501 c-3 status, those who would be interested in making financial contributions to Z STREET, of which there are many, are currently discouraged from doing so as they are not able to write off these contributions on their taxes. Denying Z STREET this status effectively strangulates their ability to raise money for operating costs, and for getting out their message to supporters and politicians.
The second, and most important point, one which effects every American and every organization that opposes the Juan Hussein Peron Jr. Jr administration is that, in the words of the Z STREET complaint that has been filed in the U.S. District Court:
These statements by an IRS official that the IRS maintains special policies (hereinafter the “Israel Special Policy”) governing applications for tax-exempt status by organizations which deal with Israel, and which requires particularly intense scrutiny of such applications and an enhanced risk of denial if made by organizations which espouse or support positions inconsistent with the Obama administration’s Israel policies, constitute an explicit admission of the crudest form of viewpoint discrimination, and one which is both totally un-American and flatly unconstitutional under the First Amendment.
What we have here is evidence of the White House’s blatant discrimination against Jews, Jews who oppose his views on Israel, and its use of a federal agency to enact this discriminatory process in violation of the constitutional rights of American citizens, whether they happen to be Jewish, or not.
Unfortunately, this does not appear to be an isolated incident. Yisrael Medad, a blogger in Shiloh, Israel, received correspondence from a colleague in the United States. This gentleman is a CPA whose office is currently working on 501c-3 applications for a Jewish religious organization. He reports that there was no mention of Israel in the application, but the office received a letter from the IRS asking the following:
Does your organization support the existence of the land of Israel?
Describe your organization’s belief system toward the land of Israel.
It has been obvious from the beginning that the White House is anti-Israel and anti-Jewish, using the old tactic of employing Jews to put up so the pResident can say, “See? I like Jews. Jews work for me.” This is akin to the member of the restricted country club saying, “I’m not racist, I have a black friend.”
So while we’ve been watching the Constitution being shredded, most notably by the Bush administration’s FISA policy that was made law by the Democrat congress in the summer of 2008 (Fourth Amendment? What Fourth Amendment?), the First Amendment is now subverted. We have already seen what the Justice Department is capable of under the auspecies of Little Lord Fraudleroy with the Black Panther case. It will be interesting to see what happens in Federal District Court in the Z STREET case.
If the case is dismissed, or the court rules against Z STREET, consider your unalienable right to freedom of expression to no longer exist, at least in the eyes of the White House. If you are an American citizen, Jewish or not, who supports the continued existence of Israel, consider yourselves on notice that the IRS may be sending you a letter regarding your tax filings, that any donation you may have made to an organization that supports Israel may not be deductible on your tax return. And you may start finding that donations that you have made to other non-profits that fail to share the politics of La Bamba may no longer be tax deductible. If the IRS can deny tax exempt to non-profits that don’t jive with White House policy, what is to stop them from stripping existing non-profits of their 501-c-3 status for similar reasons? From where I sit, it looks like nothing, save a Republican controlled Congress that will begin investigating these fraudulent, unconstitutional activities, and bring charges against them.
Would it surprise me that such citizens would find themselves being audited by the IRS? No it would not. If this case fails then the IRS will have become an official instrument of administration oppression against those that oppose it. This is perhaps the most sinister threat that faces our Republic. It is hidden. It is directed at Jews in an attempt to drive a wedge between Jewish and non-Jewish Americans, and between those of us who support Israel and those of us who do not. This case should be followed by every American who cares about this nation’s redemption. If it fails, we are all in far greater jeopardy than any of us could possibly conceive.
But the forces of Zero made one huge mistake when they decided to try to silence Z STREET: they picked on the wrong people. Apart from being an unabashed Zionist, Lori Lowenthal Marcus is a former First Amendment lawyer (unlike Chairman Zero who pretended to be a Constitutional lawyer). She hit the nail on the head when she stated:
Not only is it patently un-American but it is also a clear violation of the First Amendment for a government agency to penalize an organization because of its political position on Israel or anything else. This situation is the same as if the government denied a driver’s license to people because they were Republicans or Democrats. It goes against everything for which our country stands.
Yes, yes it does.
You can read the entire Z STREET complaint filed against the IRS here.
If you think this fight is not your fight, you are dead wrong.
Show your support and make a non-tax deductible contribution to Z STREET today. Visit Zstreet.org.