The American flag: Banned by Paypal, Facebook, and Shopify.
Persecution is now cool! A Tennessee businessman who specializes in making carved wooden American flags to order, with almost any message requested, has been blacklisted by Paypal, Facebook, and Shopify, preventing him access to more than $35,000 of his own cash and causing a 90% reduction in business.
It began when, the day after the January 6th protests in DC, all three big tech companies took action to destroy Your American Flag Store,, a small business owned personally by carpenter James Staake and his family.
This past January, PayPal decided to demonetize James and his business by freezing revenue due him. In total, PayPal is holding more than $35,000 of James’ money. Now, James finds himself in an impossible situation – unable to fulfill orders because PayPal is freezing, rather than transferring, funds from James’ customers to James.
At the same time Facebook blocked James from running advertisements on Facebook. And if that wasn’t enough, Shopify removed specific flags from the Your American Flag Store’s website including the state flag of Texas and an American flag featuring President Trump.” [emphasis mine]
What Paypal is doing is the equivalent of theft. They have no right to hold onto this guy’s money, under any definition of law. And what Shopify did was blatant censorship. What business does it have to determine what products Staake can sell? More important, the only people who would be offended by the Texas state flag and a flag featuring Trump are either Democrats or mindless bigots who hate the south (maybe I repeat myself), which means Shopify is either a partisan Democratic Party operative or is made up of mindless bigots who hate the south.
Staake has not taken these intolerant actions of these companies lying down. He has started a media campaign, which resulted in the articles linked to above. He has also obtained legal counsel which has initiated legal proceedings against Paypal [pdf].
Staake’s company, Your American Flag Store, is still open for business. Take a look and decide for yourself if this man is doing anything that justifies the intolerant actions of these big tech companies. And consider buying his product, and paying by check, not through Paypal.
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