Up in Harlem, it seems the Internal Revenue Service has not been doing its job fast enough in tackling Lenox Avenue loudmouth Pastor James Manning.
Out of his "Atlah" so-called church outfit, Manning continues to blare bizarre anti-Obama "sermons", a smorgasbord of familiar ("Obama is not a U.S. citizen") and not-so-familiar ("Obama's mother was a white whore") nonsense.
Manning started broadcasting his wee rants over the Internet because -- and I challenge anyone to prove me wrong -- because the chance to be seen and heard all around the world is simply irresistible for an otherwise unimportant fat Manning with nothing to say, except: "Look! At! Me! Me! Me! Meeeeeeeeeee!"
The IRS started looking into Atlah in August/September 2008, after a Manning sermon on YouTube was widely splattered around the Internet with the help of that well-known Friend Of All Black People and Honorary African American, Lush Rimbaugh.
As a 501(c)(3) organization, Atlah Ministries is exempted from paying taxes, but must abide by certain rules: Manning should not express overtly political opinions which include neither endorsing nor opposing candidates for elected office. Is this a political opinion?
[Obama's] African-in-heat father went a-whoring after a trashy white woman. He was born trash.Well, yes, it is. According to the New York Times, the IRS has struggled to draw up new guidelines where web sites, churches, 501(c)(3) status and religious nonsense all intersect, even, in one memo, discussed "electronic proximity — including the number of ‘clicks’ that separate the objectionable material from the 501(c)(3) organization’s Web site.”
I can see where the nuances and niceties of laying down new rules would cause the IRS to move with great caution, in a societal realm where two long-established American principles are already mere inches away from colliding, the separation of church and state, and freedom of speech. If Atlah were to lose its tax exemption, the only thing louder than his howl of joy would be his screech of bogus indignation over the government stomping on his important thoughts on Obama's father and mother.