Check out my latest at Human Events:
So the global jihad, choking on petrodollars, tried to shut down my little spigot.
And wait, there’s more. Revolution Muslim, a group of jihadists in New York who are open inciters to violence and Jewish genocide, had a Paypal button on its website.
Got that? Oh, the irony. Nice work, Paypal.
It got better still: Paypal’s policy bans users from selling “items that promote hate, violence, racial intolerance or thefinancial exploitation of a crime.”
I am not selling anything. But look at this on eBay, which owns Paypal. One eBayer is selling a series of dvd’s featuring lectures by the Imam Anwar al Awlaki.
Remember al Awlaki? He is the imam to the worst of the jihadists of recent years, including the 9/11 Muslim terrorists, the Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan, the Times Square car bomber, the Christmas underwear bomber, the 7/7 London bombers, the 7/21 London bombers, the leader of the transatlantic airline bombers, and others.
But the jihad was apparently just fine with eBay and Paypal, at least until enough Atlas readers complained.
Of course, Paypal and all businesses are free to conduct business with whom they choose, and in what ever way they choose, within the bounds of the law, letting the market decide. I believe in that as an absolute. I do not believe for a moment that the government should step in and regulate or force a business into doing bad business (i.e., as in the case of sub-prime mortgages).
But I also believe that it is in my power to call attention to bad business practices and let the market decide. If Paypal was going to punish courageous voices and free men while sanctioning evil, people had to know that before they give their business over to such quisling companies.
After I announced Paypal’s action at Atlas Shrugs, I was overwhelmed by the support and by all the people who have been writing to Paypal. The left lost this one, but I am sure they'll try to silence me and other conservatives in other ways. What they don’t know is that we have not yet begun to fight.
Read the whole thing. Send it around. Hate speech? It's love speech, baby.