The hypocrisy is great with PayPal and Apple. If they want to allow men who pretend to be women to use the women’s bathrooms, but they have no right to force their strange beliefs on the rest of us.
Of course, they also have the right to do or not to do business with anyone they choose. The thing of it is, they don’t believe other people have the same right.
Furthermore, while PayPal CEO Dan Schulman is threatening to pull the plug on expansion plans in North Carolina, he’s not going to stop doing business in countries that outlaw homosexuality (19) and those that impose the death penalty (6).
In fact, “PayPal’s values didn’t keep the company from opening and maintaining a global operations center in Malaysia, where homosexual acts are punishable by public lashings and jail sentences up to 20 years.” In fact, “the same day that Schulman issued his statement, Malaysian student Hazim Ismail was granted asylum by Canada because he is gay and it would be too dangerous for him to return to his home country.” (Source)
If the governors of Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, and North Carolina had gotten together and stuck together on the issue of same-sex rights, Apple, PayPal, and other companies could not have bullied them. The attacks came one at a time. It was a divide and conquer strategy.
These pro-same-sex companies would not have ceased to do business in these states. The reason they were there in the first place was because of financial, geographical, climate, and many other reasons. It’s expensive to relocate. For every company that decides not to do business in these states, there are ten to take their place.
I live in Cobb County, Georgia. In 1996, Cobb County opposed some same-sex issues long before the issue became a national one. As a result, the US Olympic Committee refused to use the county for any of its venue sites. So what happened to the economic development of Cobb County? There were no negative effects.
Cobb County is one of the fastest growing counties in the United States. The Atlanta Braves moved their baseball stadium from very liberal Fulton County to Cobb County. It will open in 2017.
Does anyone believe that Houston, Texas, is going to suffer financially after passing a similar bathroom bill last year? We’ll see if PayPal actually decides not to set up new business in North Carolina:
“Reuters reported the Internet payment processing company that openly advocates for the LGBT agenda canceled plans to ‘invest $3.6 million in the area’ after Gov. Pat McCrory signed a bill that
“But the reports pointedly didn’t mention what it would cost the company to change course, how much it already had invested in planning and preparation and whether its investors would tolerate the additional expense.
“That indicates, according to a coalition of Houston pastors who defeated a similar ordinance in their city, most of the corporate ‘boycott’ threats against such religious freedom laws are no more than that – threats.” (Source).
Unlike Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia, North Carolina has not caved into the economic blackmail threats. Neither has Mississippi or Alabama. There are other states that have anti-homosexual ordinances similar to what was proposed in Georgia.
The governors should get together and develop a strategy to beat back the blackmailers by all agreeing on a single day to pass their legislation. Maybe file RICO suits against PayPal, Apple, Angie’s List, and the other economic blackmailers.