Those seeking a somewhat more comfortable stay can go across the river to Harlem, where the Rev. Earl Kooperkamp expects to house 30 to 50 protesters at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, near the 26th Precinct station house. His guests can choose between the wooden pews or the cool tile floor downstairs. The basement is air-conditioned, but it is used as an outreach center, so protesters will have to be up and out the door by 6 a.m.
Father Kooperkamp has persuaded about three dozen religious institutions to open basements, sanctuaries, gymnasiums and parish halls, enough room for about 500 protesters in all.
Housing political partisans certainly seems like a direct violation of IRS rules. That should eliminate their tax free status. What was that organization that always attacks Christian Churchs that support Bush and claims to be non-partisan?
Or, would he make the same offer to a group of pro-lIfe demonstrators?....