The little money that Atlas generates (I have no large donors) is about to be cut off. Apparently the jihad is hard at work trying to kill free speech (and the bus ads and the 911 no mosque movement), preventing it from making its way to those in pursuit of truth. Paypal contributions help pay for bus ads, rallies, live coverage (everything), and I so much as said so when asked repeatedly by the press who paid for the bus ads. Readers do and did.
Paypal is calling Atlas a "hate" site and will close my account if I do not remove the paypal option from my website. Accurate reporting and news is hate.
Truth is the new hate speech:
Please email or call paypal and let them know Atlas Shrugs is a news site and political blog. I am not responsible for the bad news in the world. I just report.
Great, another lawsuit. Want to make a contribution to my fight?
UPDATE: Wait, it get's better. Paypal's policy is for " items that promote hate, violence, racial intolerance or thefinancial exploitation of a crime."
I am not selling anything. But this this ebayer is. He is selling imam Awlaki's incitement to racist, violent jihad screeds. Awlaki is the imam to the the worst of the jihad stars, like the 911 Muslim terrorists, the Fort Hood jihadi Hasan, the Times Square car bomber, Christmas balls bomber, et al.
Whether or not you completely agree withor believe everything AS posts, and I don't, the double standard of this is obvious. Plus, Paypal is in the business of facilitating payments over the Internet. Primarily for Ebay who owns them.
If they think that a transaction violates the law then they should say so, stop the transaction and turn the matter over to the proper law enforcement agency.
Other than that they should stay away from the content business. You wouldn't want your bank to have the right to approve what you buy or read before they process the check, would you?
Would it be okay for your cellphone company to shut down your account because you've been using it to say things someone doesn't like?
I sent Paypal an Email last night saying that if this continues I will not use them. And since all I do use them for is Ebay transactions, personal checks and/or money orders work fine, if slower.
This is similar to what we see on newspaper forums where posts/comments re radical Muslims and Islam in general often just disappear after two or three readers hit the "abuse" button. And while the moderator can bring the post/comment back it is rarely done. The moderator doesn't want to get involved in a fight plus rarely has the time to devote to such.
So the censors win.
Unless we act.
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