If we're serious about putting the hurt to "Father" Pfleger's civilian disarmament politicking machine, the way to do it (the only way, in my estimation) is to end the free ride he has been getting (for years!) from the IRS. War on Guns did the hard work, and dug up all this material (to which I referred here) to point to--showing how blatantly St. Sabina violates the provisions relating to 501(c)(3) corporations.
Then, he did even more of the work for us, and found an organization, called Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, whose stated mission is blowing the whistle on just the kind of tax violations Pfleger and his minions have gotten away with for so long--even providing their email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. I wanted folks to see this, so for the few who read Armed and Safe, but not War on Guns (what are ya', nuts?), I linked to that blog post, too. I also sent AUSCS an email of my own:
Hello,Today, I received a reply:
After reading this article, I realized you would be just the organization to approach about the gross abuses of the 501(c)(3) status being perpetrated by the St. Sabina Church. The case for this has already been superbly made at War on Guns, so rather than try to repeat that information, I will merely refer you to the link (be sure to check out this page, from St. Savina's website, as well).
I have never seen a church work so overtly, so relentlessly to influence the legislative process. This is a crystal clear violation of tax law. Please take action.
Mr. Hofmann,Now perhaps I'm just a pessimist, but I think I might detect a bit of an organizational bias at AUSCS that might tend to sympathize with Pfleger's particular type of tax-exempt politicking. I hope they'll pleasantly surprise me, but I believe that for there to be much likelihood of that, they'll have to hear from a lot people urging them to do something about it.
Thank you for bringing this to our attention. I've forwarded your e-mail to the staffer who handles these claims with a note to follow up immediately.
All the best,
Americans United for Separation of Church and State
518 C Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
P: (202) 466-3234
F: (202) 466-3353
Again, it might be my pessimism, but I get the impression that not many folks are making any noise--even among those who might count themselves among the ranks of "gun rights activists." I'm not saying that from the saddle of my high horse--I haven't done half as much as Mr. Codrea, and Pfleger is in my own state, lobbying for the very laws I'm fighting. Still, if you can't find five minutes to send an email, do you think you really have much use for a Second Amendment? Anyone unwilling to take a couple minutes to write an email is hardly likely to take up arms against an out of control government.
As it happens, War on Guns found even more material today.
Are we going to do anything with it, or not?