No worries. I’m sure the tax return was “moderate.”
More evidence of the unsavory nature of the “moderates” behind the Islamic supremacist mega-mosque at Ground Zero: “GZM Imam Filed False Tax Form,” from IPT News, October 1:
Feisal Abdul Rauf, the leader of the Ground Zero Mosque effort, filed a false federal tax form when he created the Cordoba Initiative, claiming that group had no ties to any other organization although Rauf and his wife led another nonprofit that shared the same directors.
On June 14, 2004, IRS records show, the executive director of The Cordoba Initiative, the Rauf-led group that is pushing the effort to build the mosque and community center near the site of the 9/11 attacks, filed an application seeking nonprofit status for Cordoba. In that form, executive director John Bennett said that Cordoba was not “the outgrowth of (or successor to) another organization” and did not have “a special relationship with another organization by reason of interlocking directorates.”
However, by June 2004, Rauf and his wife, Daisy Khan, had run what is now called the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA) for seven years, federal and New York records show.
Incorporation papers for ASMA filed with the state of New York in 1997 list Rauf and Khan as the group’s president and secretary, respectively. ASMA was granted church status by the IRS a year later after the group filed another form that listed Rauf as its leader. Khan is now ASMA’s executive director, according to the group’s website, and Rauf is listed as its founder.
ASMA and Cordoba each have interfaith outreach as part of their missions. ASMA is “dedicated to strengthening an authentic expression of Islam” through collaboration and by empowering women and young people. Cordoba serves as Rauf’s outreach arm and engages in interfaith dialogue and related outreach programs.
The Cordoba tax document, known as a 1023 form, also was checked “no” in answer to another question: “Is the organization financially accountable to any other organization.” But that assertion is contradicted by a 2009 financial statement found on ASMA’s website that says “ASMA is acting as a fiscal agent and is developing Cordoba’s ability to function independently.”
The applications for non-profit status are signed under the penalty of perjury. But the IRS rarely pursues cases of false statements because it lacks the resources to do so, said Bruce Hopkins, a tax law expert and senior partner at the law firm Polsinelli Shughart….
Nonetheless, the people — and even the New York political elite — should take notice.