The next step: Paypal declares Atlas Shrugs a “hate” site, and closes its account
Here is news much more shocking than YouTube’s deletion of “We Con the World.” John writes about it at Powerline:
Pamela Geller runs a web site called Atlas Shrugs. Her primary focus is Islamic terrorism, to which she is adamantly opposed. She also defends Israel against the constant slings and arrows launched against it. Her tone, to be sure, can be strident, but the views she espouses are, for the most part, those of a majority of Americans.
Geller quotes in its entirety Paypal’s e-mail to her. Here is Paypal’s operative language, which seems basically identical to the hate-speech laws of Europe and Canada, so broadly and indeterminately worded that the interpretation is purely up to the whim of the enforcer:
You may not use the PayPal service for activities that … relate to sales of … items that promote hate, violence, racial intolerance, or the financial exploitation of a crime.The main problem, obviously, is what it means to “promote hate [or] racial intolerance.” If one says that Islam is a threat to our civilization, is that promoting hate? If it is, then any serious and truthful discussion about Islam is barred.
A secondary question concerns the reference to “selling items.” If you say things at your site which, according to Paypal, “promote hate,” and if readers of your site send you donations to support the site, are you “selling items that promote hate”? Or do you actually have to be selling books or things of that nature?
Lydia McGrew writes:
The Geller-Spencer group (Stop the Islamicization of America) that is running the bus ads got a similar Paypal cut-off notice to the one Geller got at Atlas Shrugs, apparently at about the same time. This has obviously been triggered by the bus ads and by the fact that Paypal buttons were being used to collect donations for them.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at June 14, 2010 02:56 PM | Send