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Anti-abortion activist complains Paypal seized his account
- Date: Thu, 06 Mar 2003 01:57:18 -0500
- To: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Subject: FC: Anti-abortion activist complains Paypal seized his account
- From: Declan McCullagh <email@example.com>
[We've come across Neal Horsley a few times before:
From: Neal Horsley <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: PayPal Seizes Contents of My Online Bank Account
Date: Tue, 4 Mar 2003 08:32:33 -0500
Paypal, Inc. on Feb 18, 2002, seized the PayPal bank account of me, Neal
Horsley, publisher of The Christian Gallery News Service and the founder of
The Creator's Rights Party. According to PayPal Account Representatives,
the account was impounded and the funds in that account are not to be made
available for at least 180 days (six months) from the date they were seized
because I ran, "an ultra violent anti-abortion web site that advocated the
murder of abortion doctors." The following links take you to an excerpt of
that conversation with the PayPal Customer Service Representative.
Real Audio: http://www.christiansunited.net/PayPalShutDownEdited.ram or
I have never advocated the murder or the killing of "abortion
doctors." The evidence proving that statement is available in the words
written and published by me over the last fifteen years and can be
validated by anyone taking the time to read those
words. http://www.christiangallery.com/catalog.htm proves that I have
written three full length non-fiction books and hundreds of non-fiction
articles and never has a sentence been written that advocated the killing
of abortion doctors. In short, PayPal seized the bank account and froze
the funds on the basis of a false accusation.
Common sense would understand that any person who advocated the murder of
abortion doctors would be liable for arrest and prosecution for any number
of felony warrants. Obviously the PayPal employees who ordered the seizure
of my bank account knew the accusations were false because there was no
mention that I was under indictment or under arrest for the things PayPal
was accusing me of.
But PayPal did not have to rely on common sense. PayPal can freeze any
account and make that money unavailable for 180 days anytime and for any
reason. As PayPal officials smugly stated, "…the PayPal User Agreement
states that PayPal, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to close an
account at any time for any reason."
To amplify this policy, I asked the PayPal customer service representative
whether PayPal could seize a customer's bank account simply because a
customer was "anti-abortion." The customer service representative said,
"PayPal can hold a customer's funds for 180 days for any reason whatsoever."
How do you avoid PayPal seizing (PayPal calls the action "limiting") your
online bank account for 180 days? PayPal's Web site provides this answer:
"You can help avoid limited account access by adhering to the User
Agreement and only using your PayPal account to engage in lawful activity."
Clearly this answer implies that if a user engages in "lawful activity"
they have every reason to expect their account will not be seized and their
funds impounded for six months. As my case proves, PayPal will impound an
account if the activity is lawful but "anti-abortion."
In this incident, as in the situation where I was fired from my job because
Planned Parenthood representatives threatened to cost the company millions
of dollars in sales, I am being financially pilloried as a cautionary tale
designed to deter others from becoming abortion abolitionists. Even though
I have been indicted for no crime, false accusations against me are
designed to make it impossible for me to do business, find employment or
the other things that are required to make a living in the United States of
America. Don't be an abortion abolitionist like Neal Horsley, PayPal is
saying, or you might wake up and find that all your money has been
frozen--frozen like an Arab terrorist gets his money frozen--and you won't
have access to it for 180 days, if ever.
As many of you know, we are in the process of putting out the first issue
of a new magazine called "The Abortion Abolitionist." Anyone who does not
understand how disconcerting it would be to have funds frozen at the very
moment those funds were needed to launch a national magazine has never done
business or tried to complete an important project. The PayPal attack
could not have come at a worst time.
Examine this story closely and you will see how Christians in the United
States of America are being conditioned to collaborate with people
determined to butcher God's children. They might have their bank accounts
seized if they don't. Such an action opens up truly fearsome consequences
in a nation where we all are dependent for our room and board upon services
provided by others--like bankers and bureaucrats of other varieties.
Why do I persist in the face of such dangerous actions taken against me? I
know many people will scoff at my answer but the fact is I was told to see
such actions against me as things I should rejoice about: Luke 6:22 (KJV)
22Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you
from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil,
for the Son of man's sake.
23Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is
great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.
I confess I am having a very difficult time rejoicing about these things
that are happening to me. But I persist because in spite of every fear
that my flesh, the world, and the devil conjures up, I know that God knows
I've made all these enemies simply because I am telling the hard truth
about what it means to live in a nation that has legalized the slaughter of
the least of God's children, the ones that the Lord Jesus Christ identified
"As you did it unto the least of these, you did it unto me," he
said. Today, like yesterday, and the day before, and like tomorrow, too,
we the people will rip the Lord Jesus Christ apart here in the United
States of America, all with the blessings of the federal government and
with the collaboration of every one of us not presently incarcerated for
resisting such unspeakable evil. May God grant me the grace to keep
speaking that truth as long as life remains in my flesh.
Obviously I need your help.
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Carrollton, Ga 30112
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