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Evangelist Franklin Graham wrote a blistering post in response to PayPal’s decision to abort its plan to expand its facilities in North Carolina because of a new state law regarding transgender bathroom use.
Calling PayPal the “hypocrite of the year,” Graham claimed, “Congressman Robert Pittenger made a great point yesterday: ‘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,’” Graham wrote.
He attached a recent Forbes article that reported PayPal had expanded into yet another oppressive regime — Cuba.
Graham applauded the law, which was not directed against transgenders so much as it was designed to protect women and children from sexual predators.
He posted his comments to Facebook Wednesday, and by Thursday morning, it had been shared over 35 thousand times and garnered over 7.3 thousand comments.
He also took the payment system giant to task for only agreeing to come to North Carolina if financial incentives were provided.
“PayPal only agreed to come to Charlotte in the first place after holding out for millions in corporate incentives,” he wrote. “And under the current law that they are so strongly protesting, PayPal could have chosen their own corporate bathroom policies.”
The legislation was drafted late last month to put a stop to the city of Charlotte’s recent ordinance that would have allowed transgenders to use the facilities of the sex they identify with rather than the sex they were born with.
“The basic expectation of privacy in the most personal of settings, a restroom or locker room, for each gender was violated by government overreach and intrusion by the mayor and city council of Charlotte,” North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said in a statement.
“This radical breach of trust and security under the false argument of equal access not only impacts the citizens of Charlotte but people who come to Charlotte to work, visit or play. This new government regulation defies common sense and basic community norms by allowing, for example, a man to use a woman’s bathroom, shower or locker room.”
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