Anyone who’s been reading UOH for any length of time will know that I’m a big fan of the wickedly funny wingnut satire served up at Jesus’ General. And anyone who’s smart enough to tie their freaking shoes will also recognize that what the General does is satire.
But not Paypal.
Recently Paypal demanded that the General remove Paypal links at his site because it is in violation of their terms with regard to the promotion of hate, etc.:
…However, after a recent review of your account, it has been determined that you are currently in violation of PayPal’s Acceptable Use Policy. Under the Acceptable Use Policy, PayPal may not be used to send or receive payments for items that promote hate, violence, racial intolerance or the financial exploitation of a crime.
As the General points out, Paypal buttons still proudly adorn the sites of some of the shriekiest right-wing hatemongers on the planet — people who you might hope are parodies, but unlike the General, they’re not. Come to think of it, up here in the Great White North some of our shriekiest, most drooling and brain-damaged right-wing hatemongers practically live off their Paypal buttons. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but what’s up with the double standard? Has Paypal been commandeered by teabaggers??
I understand how the Paypal folks might be humour-challenged — sadly, some people suffer from humour deficiency, and the General is no stranger to them. Indeed, the source of this problem is likely someone who doesn’t appreciate good satire (especially when they are the subject of it). But accusing a satire site that promotes tolerance of promoting intolerance while letting vicious hate mongers slide is crossing the line from humour-challenged to self-humiliating.