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Post Did Ilhan Omar Speak for Her Voters, or as a Private Citizen?
Created by John Eipper on 04/17/19 12:55 PM

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Did Ilhan Omar Speak for Her Voters, or as a Private Citizen? (A. J. Cave, USA, 04/17/19 12:55 pm)

A couple of additional thoughts on my previous posts:

On the issue of Ilhan Omar's "some people did something" remarks, the key question is whether she was/is speaking for the voters of Minneapolis, or as a private citizen. What was her speaking fee and how was it funded? She is highly critical of Israel and the President, so regardless of whatever she says, she seems to have the backings of various anti-Israeli and anti-Trump groups who have been defending her every word. Save her support base who got her elected, as a "Muslim" woman, the Democratic leadership has been protective of her too.

This brings up a bigger question: how to evaluate the "words and deeds" of the newly elected "Muslims" to the US Congress. We normally don't cuddle members of the Congress because of their religion(s), since ideally the Congress and her members should honor freedom of religion. That goes for the Evangelicals too.

On‎ 501(c)(3) entities, yes, they are not required by law to publish their tax returns and post them on their websites, but should make them available to anyone who asks for them. However, there's no longer a good reason why such tax filings shouldn't be posted online routinely for the sake of full transparency and convenience. There are a number of online "charity" watchdogs who sort through tax returns of 501(c)(3)s and provide a rating for (potential) donors. As long as they file, they no longer can hide from public scrutiny.

I could not find a rating for CAIR in charitynavigator.org. This watchdog organization (and others) rates tax-exempts with $1M+ revenue. There are multiple listings for various CAIR chapters, so my guess is that they could be flying under the radar using a distributed ledger. I don't know.

I couldn't find a rating for WAIS either. However, there's is a world of difference between WAIS and CAIR for those who care. WAIS is an online journal without an advocacy and lobbying arm, while CAIR is a Islamist advocacy organization.

JE comments: Nor do we have the cool $1 million. But there's always hope! (You've reminded me, A. J.! It's time to pass the hat at WAIS...)

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