Evangelist Franklin Graham slammed PayPal April 6 because the e-commerce company canceled its plans to build a global operations center in Charlotte, North Carolina, in reaction to an anti-LGBT law that was signed by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina in March.
The law bans cities and counties from passing their own LGBT protection ordinances. The Charlotte City Council passed such an ordinance in February, prompting the GOP-controlled state legislature to pass this law.
Opponents of LGBT ordinances have claimed these types of laws will allow child molesters and rapists to prey on women and children, but gender identity ordinances do not allow for any sexual crimes against anyone.
Graham wrote on his Facebook page April 6: "PayPal gets the hypocrite of the year award! This company says they’re not coming to North Carolina because the legislators and Gov. Pat McCrory have passed a law to protect women and children against sexual predators by not allowing men to use women’s restrooms and locker rooms."
Graham added: "PayPal operates in countries including Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, and Yemen for Pete’s sake. Just last month PayPal announced they would be expanding in Cuba, a country in which homosexuals and transgender people have been imprisoned, tortured, and executed. PayPal only agreed to come to Charlotte in the first place after holding out for millions in corporate incentives. And under the current law that they are so strongly protesting, PayPal could have chosen their own corporate bathroom policies."
Graham didn't mention that his own ministry, Samaritan's Purse, accepts PayPal donations.
On the "Donate" page of the Samaritan's Purse website there is a PayPal logo on the right side below under a "Financial Accountability" graph and above some text that reads, "Samaritan's Purse is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity."
Donors can choose an "item" on the page that is part of the ministry to donate to. Donors are then given the option of making the donation via PayPal in the "Payment Method" section.
A similar PayPal payment option also exists on Graham's other ministry website, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. On the "Checkout" page, donors have the option of using a "Debit/Credit Card" or "PayPal."
When Graham slammed PayPal for offering its online services in countries that persecute LGBT people, he didn't note that he praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for Russia's “gay propaganda” law that criminalized pro-homosexual public speech in November 2015. The law has been used to imprison gay people.