Persecution in America

Financial Blacklisting of Conservatives Is on the Rise

January 3, 2019

On a daily basis, we hear how conservative and Christian voices are deplatformed by Social Media giants. Even though we are afforded a due process by the Constitution, the same right does not extend to us when dealing with Social Media giants. Without an explanation, these Social Media masters can blacklist you, causing you to lose your content, your audience, and your income. They provide no reasons and no due process.

Matt Drudge warned us long ago not to get sucked into Social Media. He warned us to build our own nests, as he did, not relying on any Social Media platform to grow and develop your audience. Oh, how right he was. Most of us ignored those warnings because Social Media was too attractive to ignore. It sucked us in, and now we are under its totalitarian control. That is why visit and bookmark

We can bash Social Media companies all day long but beating a dead horse won't make it run again.  However, there is a scarier and more totalitarian wave of blacklisting heading our way, this wave will shut-out individual US citizens from the entire financial system. Conservative Christians will be blacklisted and kicked out from banks, having their personal and business credit cards revoked, their automobile and business insurance policies canceled, and even their prepaid cards tracked and canceled. This is the new and terrifying threat to our freedoms that we conservative Christians must now plan for.

Breitbart reports: Financial blacklisting doesn’t just rob you of a chance to spread your message: it deprives you of your ability to do business, your livelihood, your very means of functioning in a capitalist society. Thanks to the encroachment of progressive ideology into the financial industry — including major credit card companies like Visa, Discover, and Mastercard — it has now become a reality.

The government has the power to cut you and your business from the financial system if it does not like what you are doing, like following God. It has the power to force banks to cancel your account. Such is an example of a case that is currently happening in Boise, Idaho where the government not only froze assets of almost a dozen people but took assets of an entire church, the Morning Star Christian Church including cash and their building. Such abuse of power was not heard of before, until now. Some of the bank and credit cards that have canceled policies and refused to do business include, Zions Bank, Mountain West Bank (Glacier Bank), US Bank, American Express, Farm Bureau Insurance, and others.

The Bible warned us long ago that such time would come,

"so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name." Revelation 13:17

The government is working directly and indirectly with privet financial institutions providing guidance on how it wants them to deal with individual citizens by systematically cutting them off the world financial system. In August, Mastercard, Visa, and Discover blacklisted conservative and Islam critic Robert Spencer and David Horowitz. While credit card processing service to Horowitz was eventually restored, Spencer remains banned.

Crowdfunding platforms like Patreon, which allow online content creators to collect donations from their audience, are one of the major culprits of financial blacklisting. Patreon’s recent ban of YouTuber Carl Benjamin compelled a few of its donors and creators — including prominent atheist Sam Harris — quit the platform in protest over their financial censorship.

However, the real villains are the Big Banks, Mastercard, and other major credit card companies, they are the ones that put heavy pressure on Patreon and other online companies to ban conservatives.

Matt Hart, a representative from Patreon admits that the credit card companies play a key role in Patreon’s decisions.

Here’s an excerpt from that conversation:

JACQUELINE: The problem is Patreon takes payments.  And while we are obviously supportive of the first amendment, there are other things that we have to consider. Our mission is to fund the creative class. In order to accomplish that mission we have to build a community of creators that are comfortable sharing a platform, and if we allow certain types of speech that some people would call free speech, then only creators that use Patreon that don’t mind their branding associated with that kind of speech would be those who use Patreon and we fail at our mission.  But secondly as a membership platform, payment processing is one of the core value propositions that we have. Payment processing depends on our ability to use the global payment network, and they have rules for what they will process.

MATT:  Are you telling me that this was Patreon’s decision then, or someone pressured you into this?

JACQUELINE:  No – this was entirely Patreon’s decision.

MATT:  Well then I don’t understand passing the buck off to somebody else.

JACQUELINE:  No, I’m not passing the buck off.  The thing is we have guidelines, but I’m trying to explain, #1 it is our mission to fund the creative class and obviously some people may not want to be associated.  

MATT:  Well if it’s your mission, then payment processors are irrelevant.  It’s your mission. That’s what you’re pursuing.

JACQUELINE:  We’re not visa and mastercard ourselves – we can’t just make the rules.  That’s what I’m saying – there is an extra layer there.

This “extra layer” puts Patreon in a difficult situation to either abandon free speech or lose the ability to process payments. That is also a major reason why so many free-speech alternatives fail: FreeStartr, Hatreon, MakerSupport, and SubscribeStar all offered a better option, but were quickly dumped by the credit card companies. All of them are shut out from doing business.

We conservatives believe in the power of the free market fixing things for us, but this argument is no longer valid. Those who build their alternative platforms to circumvent the Silicon Valley censorship are faced with enormous roadblocks eventually making it impossible to develop and thrive. There are too many dependencies at play to create a whole platform. You can build your platform, but you still rely on someone's hosting, domain registration, payment processor, and many other factors in between.  If you are not banned by Mastercard, you can be banned by your hosting company, if you are not banned by your hosting company, you may be banned by your domain registrar, if not by CDN, then by Apple App store, if not by Apple then by your ISP. Ask That's the dangerous world we live in. The evil powers know that God's message flourishes in a free unregulated market, that is why they are determined to censor it. They want total control of the flow of information, total censorship of online activity.

In related news, the New York Times is currently pressuring Credit Card companies to blacklist gun purchasers. Eventually, they will find a way from preventing citizens from owning arms. Since it is difficult to legislate limits on gun ownership, these companies are devising alternative means to achieve their leftist agenda.

Equipped with information, Christians in America and throughout the West must get ready for difficult days ahead. The Bible warned us long ago that a total financial blacklisting of God's children will come, and we see the agenda is beginning to be implemented. What will you do when your family is cut off from the financial system, and you can't access your money in the bank or pay with a card? The Bible says only those who have developed a personal relationship with Christ will survive those days. Let us today seek Jesus. If you have not done so yet, ask Jesus to forgive your sins and come into your heart as a personal Lord and Savior. Don't put it off till tomorrow. The only thing that will keep you afloat during these coming hard times is your personal relationship with God and guidance by the Holy Spirit.