Would you be concerned if the government imposed a tax on tithing? In fact, our government is currently considering such tax.
Refer to this link for specifics on the proposal – and be sure to view the video. From Atlas Shrugs: Obama And Allies Moving Against Non-Islamic Religions while Promoting "Zakat"
As currently proposed, this tax would be applied to any tithe beyond 5%. While all churches that practice tithing will be affected, this measure is aimed particularly at LDS in part as retribution for their stand on gay marriage.
This proposed measure is especially ironic in light of Obama’s vow to protect the Zakat in the US, which is the Islamic equivalent to the tithe. A portion of the Zakat is directed toward Islamic military, i.e., terror organizations.
This is further implementation of Obama’s promise “… that I will stand with them [Muslim immigrants] should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.” While a couple of internet “truth sites” fail to see through Obama’s nuanced rhetoric, I clarify the real meaning for doubters, below:
The quote appears in The Audacity of Hope” page 261, which reads in part as follows:
“…and I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.” The question is - who is “them” he is referring to?
In context, within the paragraph, he is referring to US citizen immigrants from Arab countries and Pakistan (as his text reads “Arab and Pakistani Americans”), which happen to be countries of what official religion: Jewish? Methodist? Noooo. Islam. Therefore, it is NOT a distortion to insert the word “Muslims” in place of “them” in the above sentence, so the clear meaning, in context, can be taken to be:
“…and I will stand with Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”
This proper interpretation is consistent with Obama’s actions of handcuffing the CIA and FBI both in war zones as well as in the US when interrogating terror suspects. He is already “standing with them.” He apparently considers the work of the FBI and CIA (their investigative methods) to be among the “political winds” shifting in an ugly direction. He wishes to give Islamic terror suspects the benefit of the doubt. This causes me to wonder to what extent he is interfering with investigations such as the recent New York City subway bombing suspects case to further his “standing with them [Muslims]?
I realize that Snopes and TruthOrFiction give Obama the benefit of the doubt with their published renderings of his “intent.”
From “Truthorfiction.com” (Snopes says roughly the same thing):
"I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction."-Fiction! [not really!! – Muccings]
This is a corruption [not really – Muccings] of a quote from Obama's book The Audacity of Hope. It is from a section that talks about the concerns of immigrants who are American citizens. [The paragraph the quote is taken from is specifically speaking of American Muslims from the Islamic Arab states and Islamic Pakistan. Snopes and TruthorFiction ignore this context. Obama cleverly avoids use of the terms “Muslim” and “Islam” here. These terms are used in a variety of other places in Audacity but are not referenced even once in the extensive Index of the book. He is either ignorant of or choosing to ignore the fact that the Islamic religion is at the core of Jihadi violence in the world. Why would he want to do that? - Muccings]
Here is the accurate and more complete quote: "Of course, not all my conversations in immigrant communities follow this easy pattern. In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans, for example, have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging. [It appears Obama is opposed to questioning terrorist suspects. - Muccings] They have been reminded that the history of immigration in this country has a dark underbelly; they need specific assurances that their citizenship really means something, that America has learned the right lessons from the Japanese internments during World War II [At the time, the entire nation was fearful of Japanese sabotage, which was a real threat after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Obama is being a historical revisionist! – Muccings], and that I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction [Apparently he will stand with the saboteurs and the terror suspects. - Muccings]"