GoFundMe is an online funding website. It’s been used to raise funds for any number of causes and projects. Lately, GoFundMe has gotten political. After nearly $900,000 was raised for Memories Pizza when radical homosexuals threatened to shut down the family business, GoFundMe was pressured by these same radicals to stop any future funding programs that included support for anti-same sex marriage causes.
The Washington Post reports:
“GoFundMe added ‘discriminatory’ campaigns to the list of causes that can’t find a home there, a week after the company’s decision last week to remove a fundraising page for a bakery facing a hefty fine for violating a state discrimination law.”
Read more: “I Donated $100 to Memories Pizza to Defy the Gaystapo.”
Of course, GoFundMe has every right to discriminate. It’s a private company.
The discriminating decision is thick with irony, however, since the “Sweet Cakes By Melissa” bakery and Christian floral shop Arlene’s Flowers campaigns were shut down for discriminating against something they deemed to be contrary to their beliefs and principles. Like GoFundMe, they are private businesses that should have the same rights to discriminate.
Here’s what we do. Let’s establish a funding site and use GoFundMe to finance the startup. That way, money can be raised for conservative causes and keep the money in conservative hands.
There’s nothing in GoFundMe’s ever-changing rules that would stop a funding program to start a competing funding company.
The following story about GoFundMe’s liberal biases is from the Christian News Net:
The popular crowdfunding site GoFundMe has changed its policy to ban fundraising for those merely accused of engaging in “discriminatory acts” just days after it shut down two fundraising campaigns for persecuted Christian businesses.
As previously reported, last Friday, GoFundMe removed the page for Sweet Cakes by Melissa, which had been ordered to pay $135,000 in “emotional damages” to two lesbian women that filed a complaint after the owners stated that they could not assist with their ceremony because of their Christian beliefs.
Administrators had been urged by homosexual advocates to have the campaign removed. A Facebook page surrounding the effort proclaimed, “How fast can we shut this down?”
Read more: “Would GoFundMe Have Shut Down MLK’s Account?”
Within hours, GoFundMe disabled the fundraiser, and in releasing an explanation for pulling the page, officials stated that the fundraising site doesn’t allow crowdfunding campaigns for those who have been found guilty of violating laws.
“After careful review by our team, we have found the ‘Support Sweet Cakes By Melissa’ campaign to be in violation of our terms and conditions,” it wrote. “[T]he subjects of the ‘Support Sweet Cakes By Melissa’ campaign have been formally charged by local authorities and found to be in violation of Oregon state law concerning discriminatory acts. Accordingly, the campaign has been disabled.”
Just 48 hours later, the fundraiser for Arlene’s Flowers/Baronelle Stutzman, who is at risk of losing her business, home and/or life savings for declining to use her services for a same-sex “wedding,” was taken down for the same reason. A spokesperson for GoFundMe told the DailySignal that its decision “to remove the ‘Arlene’s Flowers’ campaign was [likewise] based on a violation of GoFundMe’s terms.”
Now, GoFundMe has changed its policy to ban fundraisers for those who are merely accused of engaging in “discriminatory acts.” According to reports, its previous policy banned “campaigns in defense of formal charges of heinous crimes, including violent, hateful, or sexual acts.” The revised policy now prohibits “campaigns in defense of formal charges or claims of heinous crimes, violent, hateful, sexual or discriminatory acts.”
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