Katrina Trinko’s 8 Questions for PayPal post on the Daily Signal is well worth the read.
Trinko’s article points out the problems and flawed logic that follow PayPal’s decision to not expand in North Carolina because of the company’s opposition to HB 2.
For those of you who haven’t read PayPal’s statement, find it here. Part of it reads:
This decision reflects PayPal’s deepest values and our strong belief that every person has the right to be treated equally, and with dignity and respect. These principles of fairness, inclusion and equality are at the heart of everything we seek to achieve and stand for as a company. And they compel us to take action to oppose discrimination.
Highminded language. I wonder, are those deep values and strong beliefs — that every person has the right to be treated equally and with dignity and respect — also at the root of the company’s decision to expand into Cuba, a country with one of the worst human rights records in history?
Are those deep values and strong beliefs — that every person has the right to be treated equally and with dignity and respect — also what influenced PayPal’s decision to make Singapore the company’s International headquarters?
In case you didn’t know, Singapore prohibits relations between same-sex adult men and does not recognize relationships of same sex couples in any form. The country also prohibits same sex couples from adopting or from even participating in any childrearing arrangements.
Does Singapore protect LGBT persons from discrimination? Not according to Wikipedia
No laws exist specifically protecting LGBT Singaporeans from discrimination in the workplace, housing or any other relevant areas. Previous attempts claim damages for alleged discriminatory conduct in such fields have been dismissed in Singaporean courts.
I guess PayPal is only concerned about those deep values and strong beliefs in certain parts of the world.
Don’t believe me? Do your own search or read about Singapore and its LGBT policies here.
Dan Schulman, your PayPal statement rings hallow and rings with hypocrisy.