PayPal deserves the “hypocrite of the year award.” The online payment giant has pulled 400 jobs from North Carolina because of their bill that refuses men access to women’s restrooms, while continuing to do business with foreign countries that kill or imprison homosexuals. And they call that “tolerance.”
PayPal has decided to not open a global operations center in Charlotte after Gov. Pat McCrory signed a bill that overturned a city ordinance that would have legally forced private businesses to give biological males access to girls’ restrooms, showers, and locker rooms.
Since the bill was signed, more than 130 businesses have threatened the state with economic sanctions over the legislation. Franklin Graham, famed North Carolinian evangelist, said, “PayPal gets the hypocrite of the year award!” Graham’s beef is that PayPal operates in countries such as Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, and Yemen. Under the influence of Islamic Shari’a law, all three nations have laws on the books that punish homosexuality with the death penalty, as reported by The Washington Post.
PayPal also operates a global call center in Malaysia, although its penal code prescribes up to 20 years in prison for homosexual activity. The company has a history of taking punitive measures against those who hold traditional moral values. In 2011, PayPal launched an investigation of pro-family organizations after the LGBT group All Out accused them of “hate.”
Meanwhile, the new center will not go forward in Charlotte. Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, a Democrat, has encouraged the company to move the Charlotte center to his state. West Virginia House of Delegates Minority Leader Tim Miley, D-Harrison, made a similar pitch for his decidedly less progressive state.
But North Carolina officials are not intimidated. “If our action in keeping men out of women’s bathrooms and showers protected the life of just one child or one woman from being molested or assaulted, then it was worth it,” said Lt. Governor Dan Forest. “North Carolina will never put a price tag on the value of our children. They are precious and priceless.”
“If a corporation wanting to do business in North Carolina does not see the worth of our children in the same light, then I wish them well as they do business somewhere else,” he continued.
That view is winning the Lt. Governor the praise of one of his state’s most famous residents. “I’m very proud of Lt. Governor Dan Forest,” said Rev. Graham, who splits time between Charlotte and Boone.
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