Saturday, September 17, 2011

Brody's Notes... PayPal Comes Under Fire From LGBTQ Advocacy Group- Anti-Gay Gadfly LaBarbera Reacts

By Brody Levesque | NAPERVILLE, ILLINOIS -- Anti-Gay activist Pete LaBarbera whose blogsite, 'Americans For Truth About Homosexuality' earned him a place on the Southern Poverty Law Centre's list of Hate Groups, is incensed that LGBTQ advocacy group is demanding PayPal sever its relationships with what it terms anti-gay hate groups.
All Out had earlier this month launched a petition drive citing PayPal's mission statement that its service may not be used to distribute money intended to promote hatred and violence.
AllOut 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.
AllOut 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.”
In a column on his site, LaBarbera writes:
"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. 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 for instance, he doesn't overtly call for the executions of homosexuals.


Desmond Rutherford said...

La Barbera and his Christianist cronies don't seem to understand that they do not have inalienable rights to force their version of religion on people who reject their religion.

And that is before we get to any mention of gender orientation.

Trab said...

"he doesn't overtly call for the executions of homosexuals'


He's not actually denying his call...only insisting that it is not overt.

Wow, what an asshole. No, correct that...he's the scrapings from under toenails.