I will protect your pensions. Nothing about your pension is going to change when I am governor. - Chris Christie, "An Open Letter to the Teachers of NJ" October, 2009

Monday, January 23, 2012

Scrub the Evidence

Darcie Cimarusti posted some videos of the controversial charter school founder and pastor Amir Khan. Khan is the anti-"marriage equity" crusader who Chris Christie swore he didn't know, even though the man was sitting right behind him.

Darcie linked to videos from Khan's own YouTube channel that featured impassioned pleas to his congregation to support school vouchers and oppose local authorization for charter schools. Well - and I know this will come as a shock - the videos have been pulled.

Maybe a point Darcie made got someone a tad nervous:
What it REALLY sounds like to me is what Pastor Khan believes is that decisions about public education should be based on whatever is best for HIM and whatever enables HIM to re-open hisprivate school as a charter with public money.  And he's not afraid to lobby Trenton for what's best for HIM. 

Funny, looks like Khan could lose his tax exempt status if he get's caught doing it:

A church or religious organization will be regarded as attempting to influence legislation if it contacts, or urges the public to contact, members or employees of a legislative body for the purpose of proposing, supporting, or opposing legislation, or if the organization advocates the adoption or rejection of legislation .

Churches and religious organizations may, however, involve themselves in issues of public policy without the activity being considered as lobbying . For example, churches may conduct educational meetings, prepare and distribute educational materials, or otherwise consid- er public policy issues in an educational manner without jeopardizing their tax-exempt status.

Uh oh PASTOR Khan. 
Oh, dear.

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