PayPal officially states that its users may not use the PayPal service for activities that promote hate, violence, racial intolerance, begins the petition, but PayPal has become a favorite payment service for anti-LGBT extremists all over the world. PayPal must act immediately to shut down their accounts and ban all sites that promote anti-LGBT hate.
The petition points out that not only is it against PayPals rules to promote hate, violence, [and] racial intolerance, [but] hate groups also damage PayPals brand and credibility. We ask that PayPal join the fight against online hate and immediately shut down the accounts of anti-LGBT extremist groups using the service.
Among the groups All Out has targeted for elimination from PayPals client list are: Abiding Truth Ministries; Truth in Action Ministries (formerly Coral Ridge, founded by Dr. D. James Kennedy); Last Days Watchman; Faithful Word Baptist Church; the Family Research Institute; Americans for Truth About Homosexuality; and the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property.
Thus far, claims All Out, its effort has garnered nearly 37,000 signatures in support of its campaign, and organizers are pushing for up to 45,000 signatures from individuals demanding that PayPal bow to homosexual pressure.
In response to the demands, PayPal said through a spokesman that while the company bans groups and individuals who promote hate and violence, we also take into account the rights of free speech and freedom of religion. Balancing these conflicting rights is often difficult, and so we assess possible infringements objectively against our Acceptable Use Policy.
Nonetheless, as reported by LifeSiteNews.com, PayPal quickly followed up on the homosexual petition drive by contacting several of the organizations in question, asking them to explain the presence of the PayPal donation button on their websites and how they were using the donations they received through the site.
PayPal appreciates that you have chosen us to accept payments for your business, the e-mail correspondence began. Upon periodic review, your account was found to have been conducting as a business requiring pre-approval. PayPal has the policy [requiring] some businesses to register for approval before operating on our system or disallows some businesses from using PayPal as a payment processor for some types of services. Please see PayPal Acceptable Use Policy under Legal Agreements for more information.
The correspondence then followed up with several pointed questions:
We noticed that there is a donation button on your website which linked to your PayPal account. Can you just explain the purpose of you collecting these donations?
Explain how PayPal will be used as your payment provider.
Has your organization registered as a non-profit charity/tax exempt organization with the state or federal government, or another applicable regulatory body?
According to LifeSiteNews: When the homosexual news agency Pink News asked PayPal about the All Out campaign and PayPals funding of the organizations, the company responded,
While we cant comment on any specific accounts because of customer confidentiality, we regularly review organizations and websites that use our service, and stop working with those that break our Acceptable Use Policy. We also enable people to report suspected breaches of this policy on our website.
Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, one of the groups contacted by PayPal, called the latest campaign nothing more than homofascism in action, noting that the goal of such efforts is to box out Christians and pro-family groups from the marketplace of ideas. Theyre using tactics like this, pressure tactics, against corporations now to silence people of faith.
LaBarbera, whose voice has been one of the most outspoken against an increasingly virulent homosexual activism, told OneNewsNow.com that, contrary to the efforts of homosexual propagandists to paint pro-family leaders as intolerant and hateful, in reality were about loving people enough to tell them the truth. Nonetheless, he said, it doesnt matter what you say if youre against homosexuality, they will come after you very aggressively, and thats whats happening here.
He pointed out that over the space of some 60 years homosexuality has gone from being a taboo perversion to a powerful force that punishes those who disagree with same-sex behavior especially Christians. This latest internet campaign to bully PayPal into dropping AFTAH and other pro-family organizations perfectly illustrates the folly of gay tolerance. Tired (or incapable) of debating their opponents civilly, homosexual militants are now using raw, web-based power to squelch the Judeo-Christian voice of sexual sanity.
LaBarbera added that pro-family groups urgently need anyone who opposes the current homo-fascism to contact PayPal and urge them not to cave in to Gay Lobby pressure. Our very future as a free society depends on stopping this new, politically correct tyranny.
LaBarbera and other of the targeted groups have launched their own petition drive in which signatories encourage PayPal to affirm the right of pro-family organizations to use its service and to reject attacks on the Christian faith and other religions that uphold sexual morality and defend family values.