—BombThrowers: The Obama administration sicced the Internal Revenue Service on Tea Party and conservative groups and slow-walked their applications for tax-exempt status, an important attribute for any new nonprofit organization.
But good-government group Judicial Watch discovered that Obama’s IRS granted a Satanist group — yes, Devil-worshippers — official nonprofit status in a mere 10 days from start to finish. Maybe Saul Alinsky paid tribute to Lucifer in Rules for Radicals for a reason.
The Somerville, Mass.-based nonprofit is called Reason Alliance. It carries on business in Washington State as the Satanic Temple of Seattle.
The Reason Alliance “applied for tax-exempt status on October 21, 2014 and received it on October 31, 2014,” according to documents Judicial Watch obtained from the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The group is focused on setting up chapters of the After School Satan Club.
Documents obtained by Judicial Watch include the process of establishing an after-school Satan club at Point Defiance Elementary in Tacoma. The entity behind the club is a nonprofit called Reason Alliance, which is based in Somerville, Massachusetts, and operates in Washington State as the Satanic Temple of Seattle. Its director, Lilith X. Starr, established the Point Defiance Elementary Satanic club, the records show. In its application the club states that its purpose is “character development” and that adult instructors are vetted by the Satanic Temple’s “Executive Ministry.” Children ages 5-12 will develop basic critical reasoning, character qualities, problem solving and creative expression, according to the Satanic Temple filings included in the documents.
These servants of the Despoiler of Souls explain on their website why they feel it necessary to do what they’re doing:
It’s important that children be given an opportunity to realize that the evangelical materials now creeping into their schools are representative of but one religious opinion amongst many. While the Good News Clubs focus on indoctrination, instilling them with a fear of Hell and God’s wrath, After School Satan Clubs will focus on free inquiry and rationalism. We prefer to give children an appreciation of the natural wonders surrounding them, not a fear of everlasting other-worldly horrors.
Well, that’s just super.
In other really, really exciting IRS news, media reports indicate that the National Policy Institute Inc. has forfeited its tax-exempt status after failing to file legally required informational returns. The suspension by the IRS was automatic after NPI didn’t come up with the mandatory paperwork for three consecutive tax years.
According to the IRS’s Automatic Revocation of Exemption List, which isn’t exactly easy to read, the organization appears to have been stripped of its tax exemption as of March 13 this year. NPI, which is headquartered in Whitefish, Mt., is led by the somewhat notorious white-supremacist Richard B. Spencer.
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