Paypal and Jihad Watch


Paypal has an almost complete monopoly when it comes to private electronic fund transfers.  Paypal has now banned Jihad Watch from using its services.  In a country where a baker can be sued for not wishing to bake a cake for a gay marriage you might wonder how this is possible and so do I.  Here is the story from Breitbart:

Online payment company PayPal has banned Jihad Watch and the site’s director Robert Spencer from accepting online donations using the service.

PayPal has reportedly suspended the account of Jihad Watch, according to the website’s director, Robert Spencer. In a post on Jihad Watch calling for the boycott of PayPal, Spencer outlined his correspondence with the company over a number of emails. PayPal’s suspension of Spencer’s account came shortly after an article published by Lauren Kirchner of ProPublica who criticized tech companies such as PayPal that allow Jihad Watch to utilize their online services.

“Because of its “extreme hostility toward Muslims,” the website Jihadwatch.org is considered an active hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League,” wrote Kirchner. “But its designation as a hate site hasn’t stopped tech companies — including PayPal, Amazon, and Newsmax — from maintaining partnerships with Jihad Watch that help to sustain it financially.”

Shortly after the publication of this article that PayPal contacted Spencer with an email which stated,

Dear Robert Spencer,

We have recently reviewed your usage of PayPal’s services, as reflected in
our records and on your website https://www.jihadwatch.org. Due to the
nature of your activities, we have chosen to discontinue service to you in
accordance with PayPal’s User Agreement. As a result, we have placed a
permanent limitation on your account.

We ask that you please remove all references to PayPal from your website.
This includes removing PayPal as a payment option, as well as the PayPal
logo and/or shopping cart.

If you have a remaining balance, you may withdraw the money to your bank
account. Information on how to withdraw money from your PayPal account can
be found via our Help Center.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation. If you have any questions or
need our support, please contact the PayPal Brand Risk Management
Department at [email protected]

PayPal Brand Risk Management

Breitbart reached out to Spencer, who gave the following comment on his sudden suspension from PayPal:

People have complained for years about the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “hate group” list lumping legitimate groups in with the KKK, neo-Nazis, etc. Now this has teeth, as PayPal and others are closing their platforms to those who dissent from the establishment Leftist line, based on the SPLC’s hit list.

The Left sees blood in the water after Charlottesville and is moving in for the kill, attempting to delegitimize, silence and destroy all dissenting voices. The freedom of speech, the foundation of a free society, is being eroded away under our very noses. The recent meeting of the Vice President of Facebook with the Pakistani government, and his assurances that Facebook would remove all criticism of Islam, reveal what’s really going on here: not an attempt to shut down actual “hate speech,” which would result in the closing of many mosques, but an attempt to shut down all criticism of Islam in accord with Sharia blasphemy laws, with the goal of allowing the jihad to advance unopposed and unimpeded.

The SPLC has previously been accused of using its list of “hate figures” as a political tool to silence conservatives. Spencer alleges that the group is doing exactly that by listing Jihad Watch as a “hate site.” Journalist Ken Silverstein has previously called the SPLC “essentially a fraud,” and stated that the SPLC had “a habit of casually labeling organizations as ‘hate groups.’” Silverstein also said, “In doing so the SPLC shuts down debate, stifles free speech, and most of all, raises a pile of money, very little of which is used on behalf of poor people.”

Ironically the Southern Poverty Law Center could be regarded as a hate group.  They claimed that the Family Research Council, which opposes gay marriage, is a hate group and this is what resulted back in 2012:


For the Southern Poverty Law Center, if you disagree with their leftist agenda you are a hater and any group which disagrees with them is a hate group.  That this organization of leftist grifters, go here to read about them, is cited as an authority by anyone, let alone a huge corporation, illustrates what mad times we live in.




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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.


  1. “. . . that this nation shall not perish from the Earth.” Gettysburg Address

    Don’t use Paypal.

    The evil forces behind antifa, BLM, et al know that without a free and honest press (constant liberal media distortions, fabrications, false equivalences, lies, omissions, etc.) and without freedom of assembly (antifa and BLM assaulting conservative assemblages), it is impossible for a movement to communicate its positions, facts and truth; and eventually impossible to exist.

    Off Topic: The wife received a letter, and five-figure bank check, indicating she “won” some (bogus) sweepstakes.

    Senior Scams/Sweepstakes Scam
    The victim receives a letter stating that they’ve won a contest, often from a scammer using a variation of a legitimate organization’s name. Enclosed is a check, usually less than $5,000, drawn on an out-of-state bank account. The victim is instructed to call a phone number where they are instructed to deposit the check, saying the money is to pay the taxes on their prize, and wire the money back to the organization. The victim sends the money to the scammer, and then the bank dishonors the original check. The phone number scammers typically use in this scam has an Ontario, Canada area code.

    Nassau (NY) Frauds Bureau

  2. “Also it [the Second Beast from the Sea] causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name.” Revelation 13:16-17

  3. The $PLC was exposed by Harper’s magazine 17 years ago as a sleazy direct-mail mill. This isn’t disputable and it isn’t an obscure piece of information and Morris Dees doesn’t bother hiding it; there was a magazine profile of him a couple of years back which included photospreads of his home (including his then wife’s very strange collection of knicknacks). That the media or people like the executives at Apple or PayPal pay them any mind is indicative of malice or a gross absence of due diligence. (I suspect the media of the former and Tim Cook of the latter). (That the $PLC gets a stamp of approval from certain charity rating sites is indicative of the flaws in their methodology – presuming, of course, that Dees didn’t bribe them with his ample resources).

    As has been noted in other loci, Nat Hentoff is dead and Alan Dershowitz is pushing 80. Contemporary progressives have no procedural principles, merely improvisations they invoke to get what they want. So, freedom of contract and association are null when one of their mascots might be inconvenienced, but all of a sudden the status of PayPal or Facebook as private concerns is paramount when progtrash wish to harass someone (even though these companies are close to being monopolistic common carriers).

    And, of course, we can see yet again what humbug is all this discourse about ‘hate’. Among those who’ve been kicked off of Twitter have been Robert Stacy McCain and Glenn Reynolds. They’re somewhat less abrasive versions of our friend T. Shaw: libertarians who do not care much about the drug laws and do not care if they are yelled at by liberal women.

    It’s also a reasonable inference that one of the principals in the Charlottesville mess is a sorosphere agent provacateur, having previously been active in Occupy and Obama for America. That’s on top of a special prosecutor who has been a professional Siamese twin with our dubious quondam FBI director, said special prosecutor staffing his office with 4-digit Democratic Party donors, said special prosecutor engaging in blatant forum shopping, said special prosecutor investigating a crime that no one can describe, absurd judicial rulings which incorporate federal district judges arrogating to themselves the right to set national policy (and allocate to foreigners an enforcible entitlement to enter the country), gross connivance between progtrash mobs, local politicians, and college administrators, etc etc. The Republican caucuses in Congress have been their usual incompetent selves, supplemented with displays of finkery now and again.

    Tech companies may discover to their dismay that if they wish to enter the culture wars, they’re going to be left with just about as much autonomy as your local gas and electric, and they will deserve not a jot or tittle more than that. As for the Democratic Party and it’s CNN press agents, you cut down all the trees, you have nowhere to hide. If the law and its implements are just tools to harass your enemies, they cease to be binding on parties, and your enemies pick up their own tools and use them against you. You’re not gonna like it.

  4. -Douay Rheims Bible. Mark-13:13
    “And you shall be hated by all men for my name’s sake. But he that shall endure unto the end, he shall be saved.”

    Hold Fast!

  5. Money money money…it makes pay pal or breaks pay pal… seems they couldn’t “risk” the loss of the right revenue.

    T. Shaw…… right on!

  6. However, some good news: Paypal relents.

    Is Elon Musk still a major shareholder? Man gets a great deal of revenue from federal contracts….

  7. It’s time that Google, PayPal, Facebook and Youtube be declared public utilities and regulated accordingly. Past time, in fact.

    If they want to function as monopolies, then they can be treated as such.

  8. Hopefully this is an opening for Google and PayPal to get some needed competition. Also, I like Dale Price’s suggestion of declaring Google and PayPal as public utilities–but there is a Government control downside to that move

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