The unpleasant business involving PayPal’s classification of Stop Islamization of America, the Freedom Defense Initiative and AtlasShrugs.com as “hate sites” is now resolved in our favor, with PayPal removing the classification and restoring the accounts.
That doesn’t mean, however, that everything can or should go on as before. The Left’s ongoing strategy is to rule its opposition outside the bounds of acceptable and reasonable political discourse. This is the long-term goal behind all the accusations of “hatred,” “bigotry,” etc.
And make no mistake: this effort is fiendishly obscene. It is to classify as “bigotry” the resistance to an ideology that would extinguish the freedom of speech and the freedom of conscience, as well as equality of rights before the law for women and non-Muslims. It is like calling Winston Churchill a bigot for resisting Nazism.
PayPal abetted that. And there is no doubt that they’re on the wrong side of history and share the enlightened Left’s sympathy for Islamic terror and Sharia, with their support for Islamic supremacism in other manifestations.
They reversed themselves in this instance after they received a flood of cancellations and indignant emails from Atlas Shrugs readers who admire Pamela Geller’s joyful and indefatigable commitment to freedom and justice and Constitutional values, but that’s not enough. As defenders of freedom, we cannot and must not go hat in hand to these aiders and abettors of tyranny, jump through their hoops, and beg them for their favors.
William Jennings Bryan said it in 1896 in a vastly different context, but every word applies here:
We do not come as aggressors. Our war is not a war of conquest; we are fighting in the defence of our homes, our families, and posterity. We have petitioned, and our petitions have been scorned; we have entreated, and our entreaties have been disregarded; we have begged, and they have mocked when our calamity came. We beg no longer; we entreat no more; we petition no more. We defy them!
We beg no more. We entreat no more. We petition no more. We defy them. We are not the aggressors. We are not haters. We are not racists. We are not bigots. We are not neofascists. Those who claim otherwise are knowingly or unknowingly abetting a monstrous evil. We withdraw our sanction from them.
And thus I have removed the PayPal link from Jihad Watch. I’ve installed a GPal link in its place, and ask you please to sign up with GPal and make a donation to our work. There is so very much work to do, to defend our freedom and our civilization. Please help us, and join us.