This week, the American Family Association canceled all use of its PayPal payment services.
In The Daily Caller column “Malaysia Jails Gays But PayPal Still Opened An Office There” Peter Hasson writes:
PayPal announced Monday that it would no longer be opening an office in North Carolina after Republican Gov. Pat McRory signed into law a bill requiring people to use the biologically correct bathroom, a move PayPal CEO Dan Schulman said “violates the values and principles that are at the core of PayPal’s mission and culture.” But PayPal’s values didn’t keep the company from opening and maintaining a global operations center in Malaysia, where homosexual acts are punishable by public lashings and jail sentences up to 20 years.
According to Schulman, PayPal’s decision to kill 400 jobs “reflects PayPal’s deepest values and our strong belief that every person has the right to be treated equally, and with dignity and respect.”
The same day that Schulman issued his statement, Malaysian student Hazim Ismail was granted asylum by Canada because he is gay and it would be too dangerous for him to return to his home country. Ismail testified that he faced persecution in the heavily-Muslim Malaysia because he had been publicly outed as a homosexual. So far, Schulman has remained silent on the persecution of homosexuals in Malaysia.
Malaysia isn’t the only country persecuting gays in which PayPal has set up shop.
In an email Tim Wildmon, President American Family Association, wrote:
Our decision comes after PayPal announced last week it was, in essence, threatening the state of North Carolina, which recently passed a law that would require people to use the bathroom of the gender assigned on their birth certificate. Read AFA’s press release here.
Shortly after North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed HB2, PayPal announced it was pulling plans to open a new global operations center in Charlotte, which would have created 400 new jobs with an investment of $3.6 million in the area.
In response, we have canceled our use of PayPal and encourage you to do the same.
As a pro-family organization that continually works to strengthen and protect families across America, we cannot sit idly by while a company like PayPal supports laws that punishes a state like North Carolina for protecting women and children.
AFA continues to support the North Carolina law, and other similar laws, that protect women and children by preventing them from being left vulnerable to predators. The bullying by PayPal over common sense legislation is reason enough to cancel their services.
If you have a PayPal account, join American Family Association and cancel it today. Also, be sure to let PayPal know why you are canceling.
AMERICA FAMILY ASSOCIATION CALL TO TAKE ACTION
Here’s how to cancel your PayPal account today:
To close your account:
1. Log in to your PayPal account online.
2. Click the Profile icon next to “Log Out.”
3. Click “Close your account” under “Account options.”
EDITORS NOTE: The featured image is of a PayPal employee walking past the PayPal logo at the international headquarters in Singapore, Wednesday, March 17, 2010. Photo: AP / Wong Maye-E.