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Advocacy group petitions PayPal to shut down account of anti-gay LaBarbera

Friday, September 16, 2011

Anti-Gay activist Pete LaBarbera, President of the one-man anti-gay operation “Americans For Truth About Homosexuality” (AFTAH), who earned himself a place on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of hate groups, is incensed that LGBTQ advocacy group AllOut.org is demanding PayPal sever its relationship with what it calls an anti-gay hate group.

Earlier this month, All Out launched a petition drive asking PayPal to “end the online hate trade” and shut down AFTAH’s account, citing PayPal’s mission statement that its service may not be used to distribute money intended to promote hatred and violence.

All Out gathered more than 25,000 signatures in an online petition, says PayPal quickly banned white supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan when complaints rose about that group’s account.

All Out says 11 groups, mainly from the US, should have their accounts closed. They include Abiding Truth Ministries, which has supported anti-gay legislation in Uganda, and Family Research Institute and Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, both of which say homosexuality is dangerous and unnatural.

A spokeswoman for PayPal said: “PayPal does not allow the use of its service for activities that promote hatred, violence or racial intolerance. We take very seriously any cases where a user has incited hatred, violence or intolerance because of a person’s sexual orientation.

“However, 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.

“While we can’t comment on any specific accounts because of customer confidentiality, we regularly review organisations 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.”

AFTAH, who last year lost its a 501(c)3 tax-exempt status for failing to submit IRS-required filings, accepts online donations through PayPal.

LaBarbera calls the effort “homofascism in action:”

“It is no longer advisable to laugh off, dismiss or ignore the activist homosexual/liberal lobby’s escalating campaign to demonize Christians and punish groups like Americans For Truth,” LaBarbera writes.

“That is because everyday Americans are being influenced by the liberal media, which enable groups like the SPLC and All Out by failing to call into question their preposterous analogies, lies and hateful smears against Christians.

“We must fight back with the Truth and engage our politically enemies in a dogged, “house-to-house” battle to preserve our liberties and our ability to operate freely in the public square.”

LaBarbera insists his anti-gay rhetoric doesn’t violate PayPal’s rules because unlike Muslims, he claims, AFTAH doesn’t overtly call for the executions of homosexuals.

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15 more reader comments:

  1. Uhh….. Why?

    I’m no homophobe, but I’m not sure why they should do this. PayPal isn’t a publicly funded company.

    Posted on Friday, September 16, 2011 at 10:39pm
  2. Paypal has a policy of disallowing users that promote hatred and violence.

    Posted on Friday, September 16, 2011 at 10:47pm
  3. Read the article. Paypal say they do “not allow the use of its service for activities that promote hatred, violence or racial intolerance.” This dude is a nut, paypal needs to stand behind their policy.

    Posted on Friday, September 16, 2011 at 10:49pm
  4. Love it! Shut it down!!!

    Posted on Friday, September 16, 2011 at 11:03pm
  5. “LaBarbera insists his anti-gay rhetoric doesn’t violate PayPal’s rules because unlike Muslims, he claims, AFTAH doesn’t overtly call for the executions of homosexuals.”

    I bet if they had enough funding to send a “Kill The Gays” Bill to Senate like they have in Uganda, I bet they would be all for it. PayPal is just letting them slowly gain their money so this could be a possbility.

    Posted on Friday, September 16, 2011 at 11:04pm
  6. This guy has been rejected one to many times!

    Posted on Friday, September 16, 2011 at 11:17pm
  7. Not yet, he hasn’t. He needs to be rejected by PayPal. Then he will have been rejected where it hurts the most– in his wallet!

    Posted on Friday, September 16, 2011 at 11:43pm
  8. They have the right to do it yes, but we as consumers have the rite to ask them not to.

    Posted on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 12:32am
  9. Any one who is anti-gay should be rejected!!

    Posted on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 5:36am
  10. Can we all just live with tolerance of other people, please !!!!!! He needs to tolerate other peoples decisions and yall do to

    Posted on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 12:00pm
  11. I’m sorry but I support lgbtq and that’s my personal choice but wat I don’t support is taking the matter too far or over the top. we all need tolerance and we need it fast so we can be one world instead of many different worlds, one day were going to need to come together to survive so Wy not start now.?

    Posted on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 12:06pm
  12. People need to be kind to all humans. This is a cool page: All Humans Under One Sun

    Posted on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 7:56pm
  13. I say we should round up anybody who doesn’t agree with a liberal agenda, take them to the town center, and stone them without mercy. We need to fight hate and intolerance ya’ll! And since republicans are the only hateful and intolerant people in the world, that’s what we got to do.

    Posted on Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 11:17am
  14. I agree, I highly doubt there is any movement of worrying significance that is trying to get sodomy laws back in place. I think the main anti gay-ness today is coming from people reading sites like this, seeing how obnoxious, arrogant, and self centered the users are, and thinking “hey, why should I be fighting for these stuck up jerks when I could be donating money to feed starving children”. I think the day we start seeing people for people and not there political views, both liberal AND conservative, is the day we will really make progress.

    Posted on Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 11:35am
  15. So Paypal thinks that spreading hate, intolerance, and discrimination against gays is protected by freedom of speech and religion, but hatred spread by the KKK isn’t!? Umm, gee, that makes sense.

    Posted on Monday, September 19, 2011 at 10:32am