Atlas May Shrug, But The Right Blogosphere Does Not

Pamela Geller at Atlas Shrugs:

The little money that Atlas generates (I have no large donors) is about to be cut off. Apparently the jihad is hard at work trying to kill free speech (and the bus ads and the 911 no mosque movement), preventing it from making its way to those in pursuit of truth. Paypal contributions help pay for bus ads, rallies, live coverage (everything), and I so much as said so when asked repeatedly by the press who paid for the bus ads. Readers do and did.

Paypal is calling Atlas a “hate” site and will close my account if I do not remove the paypal option from my website. Accurate reporting and news is hate.

Truth is the new hate speech:

Please email or call paypal and let them know Atlas Shrugs is a news site and political blog. I am not responsible for the bad news in the world. I just report.

Great, another lawsuit. Want to make a contribution to my fight?

Mail a check to Pamela Geller, PO Box 121, 1040 1st Avenue, NY NY 10022. Until I beat those pathetic Paypal pussies. Unbelievable.

Robert Stacy McCain at The American Spectator:

PayPal is a division of the online market eBay, whose former CEO Meg Whitman recently won the Republican gubernatorial nomination in California

Geller helped organize a major protest against the “Ground Zero Mosque” in New York City. The shutdown notices from PayPal, Geller said in a telephone interview Saturday, came after she received widespread media attention and sponsored an advertising campaign that offered support to former Muslims threatened for renouncing the faith. Her activism is funded almost entirely by small online contributions from readers.

An Associated Press article about Geller last month quoted Faiza Ali, of the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, who accused Geller of a “long-standing history of anti-Muslim bigotry.” Geller said Saturday she is considering pursuing legal action against PayPal’s attempt to attach a “hate” label to her site.

“What do they expect me to do, stop blogging about jihad?” said Geller, whose blog emphasizes national security issues, Mideast policy and the War on Terror. “These are strange times. And they’re going to get stranger still.”

Instapundit:

A couple of readers wonder if this will hurt Meg Whitman’s candidacy. Someone should ask her . . .

John Hinderaker at Powerline:

As Pamela points out, Paypal is not exactly consistent in its evaluation of “hate” sites. Revolution Muslim, for example, uses Paypal.

One can surmise that Paypal’s action against Atlas Shrugs was prompted by complaints from pro-terrorist elements. Be that as it may, it is undoubtedly one small part of a broad effort to stigmatize and delegitimize the expression of mainstream, conservative views. (I’m not sure whether Pamela is a conservative or not, but her anti-terrorist stance represents a key element of contemporary conservatism.) If you would like to complain to Paypal or support Pamela’s work, follow the link above for instructions.

James Joyner:

Does Gellar’s site “promote hate, violence, racial intolerance or the financial exploitation of a crime” in violation of PayPal’s Acceptable Use Policy?  While it’s far too polemical for my tastes, I think it falls short of that.   She’s passionately Likudist and opposed to the whitewashing of the legitimate horrors perpetrated in the name of Islam.   But it’s not unreasonable to think regular readers who find her persuasive will have increased contempt for even mainstream Muslims and by extension most Arabs.

But PayPal gets to make the call, alas, putting the onus on those whose accounts they freeze to fight them.   Gellar’s soliciting donations — via mail rather than PayPal! — to do just that.   I am not a lawyer, but I think she’ll have a hard time.  Moreover, as the old saying about our legal system goes, the process is the punishment.   Even if she wins, it’ll cost her an inordinate amount of time and money.  Almost certainly more than her PayPal account is worth.

Charles Johnson:

Today the wingnuts are overwhelmingly falling in line to support Pamela Geller, spewing hatred at PayPal for shutting down her account (because she’s using it to promote hatred), and accusing PayPal of being part of the global jihad.

The pathetically ironic part of all this yelling and whining: these are the same people who insist that businesses have an absolute right to deny service to anyone for any reason.

The fact is that there are plenty of good reasons to make the judgment that Pamela Geller promotes crazy hate speech, racist groups, and conspiracy theories; her main targets are Muslims, but many of these reasons have nothing to do with Islam, radical or otherwise.

For example, her bizarre racist accusation that Barack Obama is the illegitimate child of Malcolm X. Or her promotion of Birther theories. Or her association with far right fascist parties in Europe, such as the Belgian Vlaams Belang, the BNP-linked English Defense League, and the neo-Nazi-linked Pro-Koln group. Or her outrageous support and whitewashing of murdered South African neo-Nazi leader Eugene Terreblanche.

I could continue listing examples for a very long time. She’s been dealing in hate speech and extremism for years.

Or I could just direct you to her latest post for another blatant example of her hate-based insanity: ‘I am a Muslim,’ Obama Tells Egyptian Foreign Minister Gheit Islamic Coup on the White House – Atlas Shrugs.

Her sources for the claim that President Obama has staged an “Islamic Coup on the White House:” wacko fringe fundamentalist sites linked to people like Chuck Baldwin.

More Geller:

And so today, about an hour ago, a very pleasant and rather deliberately clueless executive called me from paypal to say it was all a big misunderstanding and Atlas would be reinstated (and the subsequent restriction of SIOA and FDI removed also).

Not so fast, Leslie.

I asked her why I was singled out and who designated me as a hate speech site, and on what basis? Why was revolution muslim (which threatened to murder the producers of Comedy Central)  and Imam Awlaki DVDs part of the paypal stable of vendors? She said she was “unaware of a hate speech designation and would inquire and call me back.”

And so she did.

She said Atlas was mistakenly designated when “in review.” I asked why was Atlas in review. Paypal has been on this website since 2005. She did not have an answer. I asked what recourse do smaller websites have? As this is my real concern. My soapbox is pretty big, but what about small blogs?

I told Leslie that reinstating me was not good enough. If a site is designated a “hate site,” who decides? Once designated, you have two choices — lose paypal, or change content. Unfair, mon frere. Leslie agreed. She said she was going to recommend a third choice so that one could contest the designation before a mandatory choice had to be made of either signing off of paypal or changing content.

Frankly, I find this weak. They should remove the designation altogether. If they are going to allow jihadis to raise dough using paypal, what’s the point of any hate speech designation?

Needless to say, I am not going back. I told her that, too. She wished I would reconsider. But, no. I am sticking with Gpal — the G stands for guns 🙂

The real story is that we stood up and the weasels backed down. We will fight each battle this way.

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