Watch how it works - in a screenplay of Victor Hugo's "Notre Dame de Paris".
A prisoner condemned to death by secular authorities, when brought to the place of execution, runs into the church and is thus absolved of the reach of secular laws requiring her execution for as long as she stays within the church.
Yet, in the U.S. the church is separated from the state, and the concept of church as a sanctuary is not legal.
Otherwise, imagine how many people will live in churches to escape criminal prosecution.
As I wrote on this blog, harboring illegal aliens is a federal felony.
And, in 2015, for example, the Obama administration was engaged in immigration raids to deport illegal aliens from Central America - which "sanctuary churches" defied -
but the Obama administration did not dare to prosecute the churches involved in violation of federal criminal laws.
ACLU was nowhere near those Obama raids, it was not newsworthy and not raining donations at that time like it does now.
ACLU did not put out donation solicitations aimed at President Obama at that time, like it does now aimed at Trump, saying:
Didn't do that.
In November of 2016, after President Trump was elected, but while President Obama remained in office, some churches and synagogues started offering sanctuaries to illegal aliens.
Those were federal crimes, but the Obama administration chose not to enforce federal criminal and immigration laws, leaving the job to be done for the successor, and instead spending the last days in office by throwing parties and "showing class" to the throng of its admirers.
Nor did Obama administration order raids of the churches and synagogues whose officials committed the federal crimes of harboring illegal aliens.
Nor did the Obama administration start forfeiture proceedings against church properties for using the property acquired with the help of tax exemptions, and thus with the help of tax money, for committing federal crimes.
Nor did the Obama administration direct the IRS to revoke the church's tax-exempt status since 400 churches, while continuing to claim tax exemption from the federal government, were openly defying federal laws, and were taking a political stand against the President Obama, defying President Obama's authority to enforce immigration laws.
President Obama refused to do his job in the last months in office, leaving the unpleasant, but necessary job to enforce federal criminal and immigration laws to his successor.
Now, President Obama disappeared for a "long-deserved vacation" sponsored by a "billionaire friend", and is posting pictures from that vacation of such questionable character that even Obama's ardent supporter and Trump's ardent opponent John Oliver finally criticized Obama for "fiddling while Rome is on fire" for posting pictures of his "kitesurfing adventures with billionaire friend Richard Branson".
A good choice of friends, by the way, Mr. former President. I wouldn't think you would go kitesurfing with an ordinary citizen, the Democrat and classy guy that you are. A billionaire is more your kind of friend.
But, now that President Trump is saddled with doing the job that President Obama refused to do - I, as an American citizen and taxpayer, have a question:
- if churches are allowed to break the law in:
- harboring illegal immigrants;
- obtaining tax exempt status from IRS and then engaging in political activities, without revocation of that tax-exempt status
And, by the way, I see more information about such "sanctuary churches" offered by NYCLU and ACLU on social media, as well as openly praising "policies" of state officials irresponsibly encouraging violation of federal law.
And that is why continuously soliciting from the public tax-free donations, the tax free status given to ACLU by that very person who they are suing (and, by the way, when a President is sued in his official capacity, as ACLU is doing, it is the American people who are being sued, and ACLU fails to disclose that detail), on a condition that ACLU does not engage in political activity. Just visit ACLU.org - and see how aggressively those donations are solicited:
So, donate $5, $10, $50, $250, donate more - but while you are donating, do not be so sure that your donation will be tax free, if ACLU's tax exempt status is revoked for engaging in political speech and activities.
And yanking ACLU's and NYCLU's tax-exempt status will only be fair under the circumstances.
As lawyers, you want your freedom of speech on political matters?
Great. Have your freedom of speech.
Just pay your taxes, like every one of us, while you engage in that free speech. That is the federal law on tax-exempt status that ACLU and NYCLU, as law firms, must know very well.
And have your donors pay their taxes on the money they donate - I will then see how many people would like to donate to ACLU.
So, while federal authorities are engaged in immigration enforcement, they need to apply federal law evenly to everybody who is violating it, and that should include:
- charging church and synagogue officials and city officials giving "sanctuaries" (harboring illegal aliens) with federal felonies;
- revoking their tax exempt status;
- bringing forfeiture proceedings against properties used to harbor or transport illegal aliens.