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 and the book), preventing the truth from making its way to those in pursuit of it. 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.
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UPDATE: SIOA and FDI just got notified as well. There are no accidents. I said repeatedly in news stories that the money for the bus ads came from my websites — that there were no large donors. So the global jihad, choking on petrodollars, is trying to shut down my little spigot.
UPDATE: Oh, the irony. Atlas reader Jon pints out that the inciters to violence and Jewish genocide, Revolution Muslim, has a paypal button. Got that?
UPDATE: McCain over at the Spectator: PayPal.com Targets Conservative Blog as 'Hate' Site and here too.
UPDATE: Wait, it gets better. Paypal's policy bans users from selling "items that promote hate, violence, racial intolerance or the financial exploitation of a crime."
I am not selling anything. But this ebayer is. He is selling dvd's of imam Anwar al-Awlaki's incitement — his racist, violent jihad screeds.
Awlaki built up a base of extremist followers while living in London for two years until 2004, giving lectures at mosques, universities and closed study circles across the country, sources say.
He developed a following among terrorists and terrorist groomers, including the July 7 and July 21 bombers and the leader of the transatlantic airline bombers, it can also be disclosed. CDs of his sermons were found in the Iqra bookshop in Leeds — where the July 7 bombers held meetings — when it was raided in July 2005.
Mohammed Hamid, the recruiter of the failed July 21 bombers, attended his sermons, sources have told The Daily Telegraph.
His lectures were also found among the material seized from Aabid Hussain Khan, an international terrorist recruiter, from Bradford, West Yorkshire, in June 2006.
Abdulla Ahmed Ali, the leader of the trans-Atlantic airline bombers arrested in August 2006, spoke of his admiration for Awlaki during his trial. Meanwhile, Rizwan Ditta, who sold terrorist texts in Halifax, West Yorkshire, had material from Awlaki on a computer at his home when he was arrested in December 2006.
UPDATE: Ebay's PayPal cuts off anti-jihad sites Atlas Shrugs, SIOA, FDI Creeping Sharia
UPDATE: Many good folks have recommended Gpal (gun friendly too) :) Please consider making a contribution to Atlas ……………I am undertaking so many initiatives and the funds are so limited. You can send funds here: UPDATE October 14: Do not donate to GPAL. They keep the money! they have not transferred one penny to Atlas, SIOA or Jihadwatch.
UPDATE: Great piece on this over at Stop the ACLU
UPDATE: Crash Paypal.
UPDATE: Overwhelmed by the support and all those writing to paypal. They won't win. They think they have. What they don't know is, we have not yet begun to fight.
UPDATE: A number of trolls have written to admonish me for taking an un-Randian approach to the paypal affair. I beg to differ.
Businesses are free to conduct business with whom and however they choose and let the market decide. Absolutely.
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., sub prime mortgages) and/or changing its policy. But I also believe that it is in my power to call attention to bad business practice and make it known and let the market decide. If paypal is going to punish courageous voices and free men while sanctioning evil, people should know that before they give their business over to such quisling companies.
UPDATE: They are duking it out in the Paypal community forums. (hat tip Sean)
UPDATE: Jews for Sarah (hey, count me in) opines here.
UPDATE: The lid's take is here.
UPDATE: Powerline quoteth Atlas: "Truth is the New Hate Speech"
UPDATE: A rare moment of lucidity from the green padded cell at Bellevue: "The heroine of the right wing blogosphere. 'We’re all Pamela Geller now!'”
UPDATE: Excellent piece over at Jumping in pools.
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