PayPal has decided to withdraw its $3.6 million investment and 400 jobs from North Carolina over the new law that repeals the transgender bathroom ordinance that passed in Charlotte earlier this year. Paypal is accusing North Carolina of promoting discrimination and taking away the rights of the LGBTers.
But Lt. Gov. Dan forest says it’s absolutely worth losing Paypal’s business:
North Carolina Lt. Governor Dan Forest is firing back at Pay Pal’s decision to cancel its expansion plans in the state.
In a statement released Tuesday he said “if our action in keeping men out of women’s bathrooms and showers protected the life of just one child or one woman from being molested or assaulted then it was worth it.”
Forest is also warning other industry leaders that North Carolina is not backing down. “If a corporation wanting to do business in North Carolina does not see the worth of our children in the same light then I wish them well as they do business somewhere else,” he said.
I should also point out that Rep. Pittenger from NC made a great point on this as well:
U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-N.C.) accused PayPal of acting hypocritically.
“PayPal does business in 25 countries where homosexual behavior is illegal, including three countries where the penalty is death,” he said. “Yet, they object to the North Carolina legislature overturning a misguided ordinance about letting men into the women’s bathroom?”
Exactly. Total hypocrites.
Rev. Franklin Graham agrees with Pittenger:
On Wednesday morning, Graham, the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and a North Carolina native, took to Facebook to point out the hypocrisy behind PayPal’s decision.
“PayPal gets the hypocrite of the year award!” Graham expounded in his post. “Congressman Robert Pittenger made a great point yesterday: ‘PayPal does business in 25 countries where homosexual behavior is illegal, including five countries where the penalty is death, yet they object to the North Carolina legislature overturning a misguided ordinance about letting men in to [sic] the women’s bathroom? Perhaps PayPal would like to try and clarify this seemingly very hypocritical position.'”
Graham also pointed out that PayPal announced in March that it would explore business opportunities in the Communist nation of Cuba, where homosexuals and transgenders are tortured, jailed and executed.
“PayPal only agreed to come to Charlotte in the first place after holding out for millions in corporate incentives,” Graham stated. “And under the current law that they are so strongly protesting, PayPal could have chosen their own corporate bathroom policies.”