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Homeschool DITL + GIVEAWAY! Arabic, Nature Walk and Tantrums!Since using the Ambleside online curriculum, our daily homeschool routine has changed. We are spending more time reading living books, less time doing workbooks and even more time outdoors! WATCH THIS VIDEO to see a typical day in our Muslim homeschool. I have also teamed up with Word United, to offer my readers 3 Sets of Write and Wipe Flashcards. If you would like TO ENTER THE GIVEWAY, just CLICK ON THE LINK below: http://wp.me/p8wklJ-I8 Disclaimer: I received the write and wipe flashcards for free from Word United, but all opinions expressed in the video are my own. PRODUCTS FEATURED (aff.): Arabic Flashcards: http://amzn.to/2iBOqht English Flahscards: http://amzn.to/2iFw6Ed Abacus: http://amzn.to/2xso7gx Scythe: http://amzn.to/2yVxhp9 How to Read a Book: http://amzn.to/2zT9UdQ Home Education V1: http://amzn.to/2iEq0nL Charlotte Mason Summaries: http://amzn.to/2xqj4gh Primer Free and Treadwell: http://amzn.to/2zSOZYs Matilda: http://amzn.to/2zU95BR Harry Potter: http://amzn.to/2zSjrC7 Wizards of Once: http://amzn.to/2zULtwO Mr Poppers Penguins: http://amzn.to/2zSkfa7 Beatrix Potter Collection: http://amzn.to/2zSkH8j Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe: http://amzn.to/2zKLWAJ Visit my ONLINE BOOKSHOP: http://ourmuslimhomeschool.com/shop Other Places to Find me: Blog: www.ourmuslimhomeschool.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ourmuslimhomeschool/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ourmuslimhomeschool Twitter: https://twitter.com/OurMHomeschool

Fighting the Religious Right to Save the Johnson Amendment

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Fighting the Religious Right to Save the Johnson Amendment

This is the second part of a two-part series. Part one gives an overview of the Johnson Amendment and how it affects minorities in the United States.

Widely diverse tax-exempt organizations agree that President Donald Trump’s May 4 executive order is not about religious freedom or free speech. The National Council of Churches, the Islamic Society of North America, and more than 97 other religiously affiliated institutions joined the National Council of Nonprofits and the Independent Coalition Sector to protest the directive. They defend the Johnson Amendment as a matter of good policy because they largely believe the issue is about money: Opponents want to be able to freely use 501(c)(3) organizations to produce “dark money” groups through which politically motivated donors can secretly influence elections. The pro-Johnson Amendment groups also disagree with their opponents’ characterization of them as alien supporters of America’s decline. These pastors and other religious leaders believe diversity will ensure a strong America.

There are also a handful of organizations that are attempting to get the IRS to apply the tax code evenly. These include Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, American Atheists, the American Humanist Association, and the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), among others. Over the last decade, the latter has asked the IRS to investigate more than 70 situations in which it believed the tax code was violated. Notably, these include instances in which a North Carolina pastor urged his congregation to vote for Barack Obama and in which Hillary Clinton campaigned at churches that explicitly endorsed her during services. The FFRF has also sued the IRS for not enforcing the Johnson Amendment against religious institutions, arguing this lack of enforcement constitutes “preferential treatment” not provided other tax-exempt organizations.

Unlike the ACLU and others who insist Trump’s Executive Order was a pyrrhic conservative victory not amounting to much, the FFRF has filed another lawsuit. Arguably, this may have been pre-mature because of the Order’s vague and obfuscating language. But the FFRF was not short-sighted and, unlike the ACLU, did not describe the Order as “toothless” and “an elaborate photo-op with no discernible policy outcome.” Conservatives fully intend to limit — if not fully curtail — the ability of the IRS to evenhandedly enforce the Johnson Amendment.

Six weeks after the President’s Order, the House Appropriations Committee, which oversees funding for the government, added Section 116 in the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill. This provision strips the IRS of funds to enforce the Johnson Amendment against churches or their auxiliary organizations if the IRS Commissioner approves. If the Commissioner does not approve, IRS investigators must obtain consent from the Commissioner for each investigation, and the IRS must notify relevant House and Senate committees before beginning any such investigation. There is now, belatedly, Read more

THE ARMY OF SATAN - PART 5 - The Matrix (Mind Control - Segmented Society)

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THE ARMY OF SATAN - PART 5 - The Matrix (Mind Control - Segmented Society)THE ARMY OF SATAN - PART 5 The Matrix (Mind Control - Segmented Society) المومن الرشید ارتش شیطان - قسمت پنجم ماتریکس/ کنترول ذهن - جامعه تقسیم شده For watching other parts check out our channel Donate: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=EN79XRUF35QWL Subscribe to: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe9vItWRBhVS02qWncdJBlQ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Rational-Believer-1681438735465040/ Reference links:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VASywEuqFd8 -Rationality comes out of Islamic Belief

Jettisoning Johnson Makes America Less Great, Again

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Jettisoning Johnson Makes America Less Great, Again

Conservatives have succeeded in infusing religion into our government. It has taken four decades for this slow, creeping, strategic effort to succeed, but it has succeeded. Nowhere has this been more obvious than in our laws and policies, and nowhere is this more visible than in two highly contested cases decided by the Supreme Court. In the now infamous Citizens United case, the Supreme Court decided corporations are entitled to anonymous, monetized free speech. Four years later, the Court decided in the Hobby Lobby case that corporations have the religious freedom to ignore health care laws. This means that religious entities, unlike all other American entities, do not have to adhere to all the provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

The most recent culmination of this movement’s success occurred in May, when President Donald Trump directed the Internal Revenue Service to allow religious nonprofits to play active, partisan roles in politics while retaining their tax-exempt status, thereby nullifying the Johnson Amendment. These infusions of religion into government critically endanger minority communities and threaten the separation of church and state. As such, these Supreme Court decisions and Trump’s order must be undone.

The Johnson Amendment: What it does and its supporters

Trump’s directive to ignore the Johnson Amendment allows Christian and cultural conservatives to anonymously influence elections and public policy, especially as they seek to exclude religious minorities and immigrants from politics and society. This contravenes the explicit impetus behind the amendment.

Introduced in 1954 by Democratic Senator Lyndon Johnson, the amendment limits the political activity of tax-exempt organizations. Reflecting the historical, simultaneous concern about Communist and Christian “propaganda” in politics, Johnson’s legislation declares that 501(c)(3) organizations — which can include schools, hospitals, foundations and churches — “are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for elective public office.” Organizations can espouse how individuals lead their lives, but they can neither advocate for or against a specific political candidate nor a specific piece of legislation upon which to base that lifestyle. Note that a Republican Congress adopted this Democratic-sponsored measure without debate, and Republican President Dwight Eisenhower signed it.

The reasoning for this decadeslong, bipartisan restriction is clear and straightforward. These organizations say they provide a public good like education, health care, welfare, religious services and the like. As long as they provide such goods, the government does not tax them and allows for other tax-deductible benefits. Also, those donating to these organizations can deduct their contributions from their own taxes. The IRS thus misses two opportunities for revenue. Moreover, unlike other 501(c)(3) organizations, places of worship and their integrated auxiliaries do not have to file a tax return with the IRS.

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Trump’s American Exceptionalism is a Return to the Dark Ages

Trump’s American Exceptionalism is a Return to the Dark Ages

It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society. — Jiddu Krishnamurti

In the eight months since Donald Trump was sworn in as president, there has been little evidence that his slogan “make America great again” has benefited anyone in the country, besides his own family and friends. Instead, his ongoing divisive rhetoric and rebuttals against “fake news” have further widened the chasm of antipathy across the nation.

Die-hard Trump constituents, quietly brooding over continued hardships, have ramped up their unqualified support, despite, or perhaps because of, the negative portrayal of his efforts. Ideological foes, resisting him at every turn, are convinced he will carry the country to hell in a hand basket.

Meanwhile, all Americans are being anesthetized by the epic and unending wars in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan, terrified by the unpredictable gamesmanship of North Korea, and confounded by the existential threat of nuclear confrontation with Russia.

While these horrendous events are being staged largely in the “Muslim world” and thus deserving of scant coverage in the media, the gut-wrenching topics that directly affect the quality of American lives remain in a death-defying suspension, especially the issues on which the election was pinned. Health care reform — one of the most polarizing election slogans — heads down a perilous vortex, the infrastructure stagnates, the environment asphyxiates, and the promise of job creation remains a cruel hoax for the countless believers who had yearned for the dignity and respect that comes from making a living wage and self-sufficiency.

Xenophobia is the only diet into which Trump’s disaffected followers can sink their teeth. Those who had felt marginalized and voted for Trump, expecting to improve their lives, are primed and programmed to scapegoat immigrants and Muslim refugees, well before (if ever) the “great” jobs materialize. Meanwhile, those who had denounced Trump as a charlatan burn with rage over his inability to act as the leader of the “free world” and stand up against Russian interference in our elections (a charge predictably denied by Russian President Vladimir Putin).

The issues of racism, xenophobia and jingoism raise questions about the intent of “make America great again.” If these extremist views reflect a dark side of America, how do they compare with other vastly divergent views on American exceptionalism?

In his article in The Atlantic (Feb. 2, 2017), How Trump wants to Make America Exceptional Again, author Peter Beinart closely examines Trump’s vision of America, compared with other recent leaders.

Mitt Romney said, “It is our belief in the universality of these (God-given) unalienable rights that leads us to our exceptional role on the world stage, that of a great champion of human dignity and freedom.” Newt Gingrich said it is America’s unfettered capitalism. And former President Barack Obama said it was for its ever-expanding circle of inclusion.

Meanwhile, Trump and travel ban architect Stephen Miller are defining a new and constricted American exceptionalism. It is undeniably deviant in focus and jing

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Jettisoning Johnson Makes America Less Great, Again

Jettisoning Johnson Makes America Less Great, Again

Conservatives have succeeded in infusing religion into our government. It has taken four decades for this slow, creeping, strategic effort to succeed, but it has succeeded. Nowhere has this been more obvious than in our laws and policies, and nowhere is this more visible than in two highly contested cases decided by the Supreme Court. In the now infamous Citizens United case, the Supreme Court decided corporations are entitled to anonymous, monetized free speech. Four years later, the Court decided in the Hobby Lobby case that corporations have the religious freedom to ignore health care laws. This means that religious entities, unlike all other American entities, do not have to adhere to all the provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

The most recent culmination of this movement’s success occurred in May, when President Donald Trump directed the Internal Revenue Service to allow religious nonprofits to play active, partisan roles in politics while retaining their tax-exempt status, thereby nullifying the Johnson Amendment. These infusions of religion into government critically endanger minority communities and threaten the separation of church and state. As such, these Supreme Court decisions and Trump’s order must be undone.

The Johnson Amendment: What it does and its supporters

Trump’s directive to ignore the Johnson Amendment allows Christian and cultural conservatives to anonymously influence elections and public policy, especially as they seek to exclude religious minorities and immigrants from politics and society. This contravenes the explicit impetus behind the amendment.

Introduced in 1954 by Democratic Senator Lyndon Johnson, the amendment limits the political activity of tax-exempt organizations. Reflecting the historical, simultaneous concern about Communist and Christian “propaganda” in politics, Johnson’s legislation declares that 501(c)(3) organizations — which can include schools, hospitals, foundations and churches — “are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for elective public office.” Organizations can espouse how individuals lead their lives, but they can neither advocate for or against a specific political candidate nor a specific piece of legislation upon which to base that lifestyle. Note that a Republican Congress adopted this Democratic-sponsored measure without debate, and Republican President Dwight Eisenhower signed it.

The reasoning for this decadeslong, bipartisan restriction is clear and straightforward. These organizations say they provide a public good like education, health care, welfare, religious services and the like. As long as they provide such goods, the government does not tax them and allows for other tax-deductible benefits. Also, those donating to these organizations can deduct their contributions from their own taxes. The IRS thus misses two opportunities for revenue. Moreover, unlike other 501(c)(3) organizations, places of worship and their integrated auxiliaries do not have to file a tax return with the IRS.

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THE ARMY OF SATAN - PART 5 - The Matrix (Mind Control - Segmented Society)

THE ARMY OF SATAN - PART 5 - The Matrix (Mind Control - Segmented Society)

THE ARMY OF SATAN - PART 5 - The Matrix (Mind Control - Segmented Society)THE ARMY OF SATAN - PART 5 The Matrix (Mind Control - Segmented Society) المومن الرشید ارتش شیطان - قسمت پنجم ماتریکس/ کنترول ذهن - جامعه تقسیم شده For watching other parts check out our channel Donate: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=EN79XRUF35QWL Subscribe to: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe9vItWRBhVS02qWncdJBlQ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Rational-Believer-1681438735465040/ Reference links:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VASywEuqFd8 -Rationality comes out of Islamic Belief
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Fighting the Religious Right to Save the Johnson Amendment

Fighting the Religious Right to Save the Johnson Amendment

This is the second part of a two-part series. Part one gives an overview of the Johnson Amendment and how it affects minorities in the United States.

Widely diverse tax-exempt organizations agree that President Donald Trump’s May 4 executive order is not about religious freedom or free speech. The National Council of Churches, the Islamic Society of North America, and more than 97 other religiously affiliated institutions joined the National Council of Nonprofits and the Independent Coalition Sector to protest the directive. They defend the Johnson Amendment as a matter of good policy because they largely believe the issue is about money: Opponents want to be able to freely use 501(c)(3) organizations to produce “dark money” groups through which politically motivated donors can secretly influence elections. The pro-Johnson Amendment groups also disagree with their opponents’ characterization of them as alien supporters of America’s decline. These pastors and other religious leaders believe diversity will ensure a strong America.

There are also a handful of organizations that are attempting to get the IRS to apply the tax code evenly. These include Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, American Atheists, the American Humanist Association, and the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), among others. Over the last decade, the latter has asked the IRS to investigate more than 70 situations in which it believed the tax code was violated. Notably, these include instances in which a North Carolina pastor urged his congregation to vote for Barack Obama and in which Hillary Clinton campaigned at churches that explicitly endorsed her during services. The FFRF has also sued the IRS for not enforcing the Johnson Amendment against religious institutions, arguing this lack of enforcement constitutes “preferential treatment” not provided other tax-exempt organizations.

Unlike the ACLU and others who insist Trump’s Executive Order was a pyrrhic conservative victory not amounting to much, the FFRF has filed another lawsuit. Arguably, this may have been pre-mature because of the Order’s vague and obfuscating language. But the FFRF was not short-sighted and, unlike the ACLU, did not describe the Order as “toothless” and “an elaborate photo-op with no discernible policy outcome.” Conservatives fully intend to limit — if not fully curtail — the ability of the IRS to evenhandedly enforce the Johnson Amendment.

Six weeks after the President’s Order, the House Appropriations Committee, which oversees funding for the government, added Section 116 in the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill. This provision strips the IRS of funds to enforce the Johnson Amendment against churches or their auxiliary organizations if the IRS Commissioner approves. If the Commissioner does not approve, IRS investigators must obtain consent from the Commissioner for each investigation, and the IRS must notify relevant House and Senate committees before beginning any such investigation. There is now, belatedly, Read more

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Homeschool DITL + GIVEAWAY! Arabic, Nature Walk and Tantrums!

Homeschool DITL + GIVEAWAY! Arabic, Nature Walk and Tantrums!

Homeschool DITL + GIVEAWAY! Arabic, Nature Walk and Tantrums!Since using the Ambleside online curriculum, our daily homeschool routine has changed. We are spending more time reading living books, less time doing workbooks and even more time outdoors! WATCH THIS VIDEO to see a typical day in our Muslim homeschool. I have also teamed up with Word United, to offer my readers 3 Sets of Write and Wipe Flashcards. If you would like TO ENTER THE GIVEWAY, just CLICK ON THE LINK below: http://wp.me/p8wklJ-I8 Disclaimer: I received the write and wipe flashcards for free from Word United, but all opinions expressed in the video are my own. PRODUCTS FEATURED (aff.): Arabic Flashcards: http://amzn.to/2iBOqht English Flahscards: http://amzn.to/2iFw6Ed Abacus: http://amzn.to/2xso7gx Scythe: http://amzn.to/2yVxhp9 How to Read a Book: http://amzn.to/2zT9UdQ Home Education V1: http://amzn.to/2iEq0nL Charlotte Mason Summaries: http://amzn.to/2xqj4gh Primer Free and Treadwell: http://amzn.to/2zSOZYs Matilda: http://amzn.to/2zU95BR Harry Potter: http://amzn.to/2zSjrC7 Wizards of Once: http://amzn.to/2zULtwO Mr Poppers Penguins: http://amzn.to/2zSkfa7 Beatrix Potter Collection: http://amzn.to/2zSkH8j Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe: http://amzn.to/2zKLWAJ Visit my ONLINE BOOKSHOP: http://ourmuslimhomeschool.com/shop Other Places to Find me: Blog: www.ourmuslimhomeschool.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ourmuslimhomeschool/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ourmuslimhomeschool Twitter: https://twitter.com/OurMHomeschool
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