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By Matt Johnson from Omaha, Nebraska, United States (IMG_1313) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Franklin Graham called PayPal a “hypocrite” for abandoning NC expansion in objection to transgender law.

Reverend Franklin Graham, the influential evangelist and North Carolina native, recently called PayPal the “hypocrite of the year” after the now-ubiquitous online payment business announced that they will no longer be opening an operations center in Charlotte, North Carolina, Samuel Smith of The Christian Post reports.

PayPal, which operates of out California, was prepared to open a hub in Charlotte which would have employed about 400 workers. But after North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed legislation into law that bans local governments from “enacting ordinances that force places of public accommodation to open restrooms to members of the opposite biological sex,” PayPal changed its plans.

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“The new law perpetuates discrimination and it violates the values and principles that are at the core of PayPal’s mission and culture,” PayPal CEO Dan Schulman said in a statement.

Shortly thereafter, Graham, the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, used Facebook as a medium to accuse PayPal of hypocrisy. “PayPal does business in 25 countries where homosexual behavior is illegal, including five countries where the penalty is death.”

Graham also noted that PayPal recently announced that it would explore expansion in Cuba, where homosexuals and transgenders are tortured, imprisoned, and executed, “yet they object to overturning a misguided ordinance about letting men into the women’s bathroom?”

North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest defended the new law saying that the state would not be forced into endangering women and children “who wish to use a transgender ordinance to their perverted advantage.”

The North Carolina Values Coalition, a socially conservative organization, also weighed in on Facebook, accusing PayPal of siding with and supporting convicted sex offenders.

It was also pointed out that the ban enacted by Gov. McCrory would still have allowed PayPal, a private organization, to create and enforce any internal bathroom policy it wanted.

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