the sinister significance of Paypal's decision to freeze Julio Severo's personal funds due to pressure from homosexual activist groups
(Posted by Bryana Joy on October 01, 2011)
(If you don’t know about the Julio Severo saga, you can read about it at LifeSiteNews here)
I’m a big fan of those boldly-lettered signs that hang in thrift stores and restaurants out here in my part of the country, stating unequivocally that the owner reserves the right to refuse service to anyone and everyone that he or she should not take a fancy to. I get warm, fuzzy feelings inside whenever I see these placards of freedom posted ambiguously in places of business, and one thing that really riles me up is stories of small business owners being sued for exercising their "rights to discriminate."
Therefore, I want to start off by asserting my opinion that Paypal ought to be able to shut down any account they want to. No, I mean it. In spite of my unapologetic and wholehearted support and sympathy for Julio Severo, I really do want to uphold Paypal’s right to refuse service to anyone for any reason whatsoever. Paypal is a privately-owned business and I enthusiastically defend their right to make their own policies and terms.
That said, I am, nevertheless, angered and disappointed by their decision and will refuse to patronize them unless they restore all of the accounts they have shut down due to pressure from the homosexual activist groups. I will vehemently disagree with them and will talk, post and write negatively about their choice whenever I have the opportunity to do so. I am shocked and alarmed that Paypal has accused Severo of encouraging “hate speech,” when he is merely an individual expressing his opinions in the form of a blog. He does not incite violence, nor does he preach hatred. He is a married man with four little children. All of these facts taken together give me a queasy feeling about this apparently very unjustified decision of Paypal’s.
However, as Voltaire is famously supposed to have said, “I disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it,” and this is how I feel about Paypal’s choice -- because I think about all of those little thrift shops and restaurants in my town and I don’t want anybody coming in and taking down their brave little signs.
Where Paypal really infuriated me was in their arbitrary and indefensible decision to freeze Severo’s personal funds for six months. I feel that this kind of action is both immoral and unjust and should not be permitted. After all, the money is Severo’s and Paypal has no rights whatsoever over a private individual’s funds. If Paypal feels that it is justified in setting itself up as arbitrator on the scene of the homosexual controversy - or any other controversy, for that matter - and in punishing individuals with whom it disagrees by depriving these people of their own money, it is clearly not a trustworthy solution for my financial needs.
If you also feel this way and wish to support Julio Severo by asking Paypal to restore his account, please take a minute to sign this petition. Every little bit helps.