Sunday, January 22, 2012

Amir Khan Doesn't Want YOU to Have Local Control!

Apparently the Khan's have not only been to Trenton to deny the LGBT community the right to marry, they have also made the trip to lobby the state to deny voters the right to control their school budgets and keep out unwanted charters.  Like his.

It make perfect sense that he would be against local control.

The way the system is set up works so well for him and the other members of the Black Minister's Council, why wouldn't he defend how the state is running the show!

Check out this YouTube video, PK on 3852.  Notice it's PK, not AK.  This is coming to you from Pastor Khan, not Amir Khan.  He is delivering this message straight to other pastors and the members of their churches.  (And don't worry, if it gets taken down I have it backed up…)

Pastor Khan encourages the pastors to come to Trenton and asks their congregants to contact their legislators to make sure that YOU won't have local control over charter schools in your community.

Let your legislators know exactly how you feel, and let them know you are in support of charter schools, and you are not in support, you oppose this bill, you want to keep it in the hands of the state, and not the local township. -- Pastor Khan

And then he prays that those pastors will let their members use their smart phones to call and email their legislators to oppose the bill right in the middle of their sunday sermons!

Now check this one out…

If we have a couple hundred churches and pastors rally behind us, and each one of us as pastors make the phone calls, send out an email, and we get our congregation members to do the same, we can bombard the senators and the speaker with thousands and thousands of phone calls and emails, that will put enough pressure to bring about change. -- Pastor Khan

Now here is my favorite part.  Did you catch that when he is talking about local control the decision should be in the hands of the state, not the local township.  But when he is talking about school choice, he says:

I believe that school choice should be in the hands of not the politicians or the government or the city, but back in the hands of the parents. 

What it REALLY sounds like to me is what Pastor Khan believes is that decisions about public education should be based on whatever is best for HIM and whatever enables HIM to re-open his private school as a charter with public money.  And he's not afraid to lobby Trenton for what's best for HIM.

Funny, looks like Khan could lose his tax exempt status if he get's caught doing it:

A church or religious organization will be regarded as attempting to influence legislation if it contacts, or urges the public to contact, members or employees of a legislative body for the purpose of proposing, supporting, or opposing legislation, or if the organization advocates the adoption or rejection of legislation .

Churches and religious organizations may, however, involve themselves in issues of public policy without the activity being considered as lobbying . For example, churches may conduct educational meetings, prepare and distribute educational materials, or otherwise consid- er public policy issues in an educational manner without jeopardizing their tax-exempt status.

Uh oh PASTOR Khan.

Let's get back to how Khan got his charter for a minute though.

When the approval of Regis Academy was announced in September of 2011 Jessica Calefati reported:

Amir Khan, the principal founder of Regis Academy Charter School in Cherry Hill, said earning approval was an "honor."
"I thank God that we got approved," said Khan, the senior pastor at Cherry Hill’s Solid Rock Worship Center who also runs a private, Christian school associated with the church. "We applied last year, but our first application was denied."

He really should have thanked Acting Commissioner Chris Cerf.  Regis Academy's approval was one of only four that round; the first round COMPLETELY overseen by Cerf.  In the press release to announce the decisions it was stated that:

The Department has expanded its strategies for growing the state’s charter sector and increasing the number of high-quality seats available to students.  One shift in focus includes expanding efforts to attract high-quality charter applicants.

Which "expanded strategy" allowed for Amir Khan to be considered a "high-quality applicant?"

Guess only Acting Commissioner Cerf and the Governor know for sure.  But when Khan is on the dais, and the Governor preposterously claims not to know him, it sure makes you wonder, doesn't it?


  1. This guy is a disgrace. And he hides behind religion and being a Pastor. This is all about money and nothing else. He cares so much about the poor kids getting a good education that he opens a charter school to serve Cherry Hill and Voorhees. What a hypocrite.

    1. The Charter school's only purpose is to raise the financing that will pay the Diocese of Camden the $2.9 million dollar land deal to house the Baptist Church and pay for his home and car. Why was his financing turned down when he tried to move his church into the YMCA in Voorhees? The Catholic Church is allowing Khan an extended lease (which to my knowledge hasn't paid a dime towards) in the hopes that the four Townships will come through with their funding.

      Tax payers pay Kahn's 'charter school'> Kahn pays the Diocese> charter school shuts down> Kahn owns the land and calls it a Church at no cost to him. Things that make you go Hmmmmmmmmmmm!

    2. I would suggest a full scale campaign to the Diocese. I can't imagine they want this kind of controversy. Have Cherry Hill and Voorhees residents reached out to Senator Beach to reach out to the Diocese?

  2. This is important information that needs to be reviewed by the Attorney General. If this 'church' is not behaving within the guidelines to maintain it's tax-free status, then maybe it should be referred to as a either a PAC or lobbying institution. However, you can't have it both ways. Further, he should disclose his relationships to Cerf, Christie, and other corporate reformers. By the way, did his application disclose superintendent compensation? Administrator compensation? I'd like to see a copy of that application... or all the applications.

    Oh yes, I also saved a copy of those videos. It's so strange how these things sometimes disappear over night!

  3. Ah, so the movies have been removed. That's okay, this path has been walked before. There are copies should they be needed. Copies.

    1. may I have a copie? we can talk a
      Thank you.

  4. removed but not forgotten. They are safely on my hard drive if they are needed…

    And just to clarify, I did not remove the videos. They were removed from the Solid Rock Worship Center YouTube Channel.

    Anon, have you contacted the Attorney General? I would love to hear a follow up!

  5. Yes, I am on that. I know you didn't remove the videos because of the message. In any case, I am writing and saving not only to my hard drive but also to a cloud service, backups are essential. I hate having to use Anon but "their" brand of defense is actually more like revenge.

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  7. Keep me posted on the AG. I will be very curious to hear what happens with that. Those videos would not have been taken down if they didn't find them threatening.

    A little late for me to become anonymous, but I certainly understand! I am out here now, so we will see what happens...