Randy DeSoto April 7, 2016 at 8:53am
Evangelist and political activist Franklin Graham called out PayPal for its recent decision to cancel plans to open offices in Charlotte, N.C., in protest to a newly passed transgender law.
In a Facebook post Wednesday, Graham wrote, “PayPal gets the hypocrite of the year award! This company says they’re not coming to North Carolina because the legislators and Gov. Pat McCrory have passed a law to protect women and children against sexual predators by not allowing men to use women’s restrooms and locker rooms.”
The North Carolinian went on to explain the source of the hypocrisy by quoting Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-N.C., who represents a district near Charlotte. “PayPal does business in 25 countries where homosexual behavior is illegal, including 5 countries where the penalty is death, yet they object to the North Carolina legislature overturning a misguided ordinance about letting men into the women’s bathroom? Perhaps PayPal would like to try and clarify this seemingly very hypocritical position,” said the congressman earlier this week.
Graham further elaborated on this point by noting some of the specific countries in which PayPal appears to have no qualms in doing business. “PayPal operates in countries including Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, and Yemen, for Pete’s sake. Just last month PayPal announced they would be expanding in Cuba, a country in which homosexuals and transgender people have been imprisoned, tortured, and executed.”
The Christian leader observed if they find the practice of not allowing different sexes to go in each other’s bathrooms so odious, they are not bound by the law on their own property. “And under the current law that they are so strongly protesting, PayPal could have chosen their own corporate bathroom policies,” he writes.
PayPal CEO Dan Schulman explained his company’s decision in not opening its Global Operations Center in Charlotte in a statement. “The new law perpetuates discrimination and it violates the values and principles that are at the core of PayPal’s mission and culture. As a result, PayPal will not move forward with our planned expansion into Charlotte.”
He added the decision “was a clear and unambiguous one.”
The state law, H.B. 2, came in response to a Charlotte city ordinance, which mandated that transgender people be allowed to use public restrooms of their choosing. H.B. 2 overrides such local ordinances on the issue. The new law is already being challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union and others in federal court.
For North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, the decision to enact the law was just as unambiguous as it was to Schulman. “If our action in keeping men out of women’s bathrooms and showers protected the life of just one child or one woman from being molested or assaulted, then it was worth it. North Carolina will never put a price tag on the value of our children,” he stated. “They are precious and priceless. If a corporation wanting to do business in North Carolina does not see the worth of our children in the same light, then I wish them well as they do business somewhere else.”
Graham praised Forest’s words. “He couldn’t be more right! We need more politicians across the country with this kind of backbone,” the evangelist wrote. “Pray for the N.C. governor, lieutenant governor, and legislators that they stand strong against the attacks of this wicked agenda.”