Reporter Has Some Tough Questions for PayPal CEO After He Pulls Out of NC Over New Trans Bathroom Law
There's been a major backlash to a new law passed by North Carolina lawmakers which mandates that people use public restrooms which correspond to their biological gender instead of the gender they identify with.
After condemnation by much of the LGBT community, the online payment company PayPal decided to cancel a planned expansion in the Tarheel State.
But Katrina Trinko, the editor of The Daily Signal, questioned PayPal's decision in an open letter to company CEO Dan Schulman this week.
Here is a summary of the “8 Questions for PayPal on Its Decision to Boycott North Carolina”:
Does PayPal's interpretation of “equal rights under the law” involve permitting biological males to use women's public restrooms?
Trinko noted that the NC law does not cover private restrooms in businesses, like those that would be available to PayPal employees and which could be demarcated according to the property owner's wishes.
What about sexual assault survivors like Janine Simon from Washington state, who have concerns about people being able to choose their restroom based on their identified gender?
Simon told The Daily Signal:
“I’ve had my first panic attack in 10 years now knowing in my state there are only certain bathrooms that I will be able to enter safely.”
It's especially ironic given the emphasis placed on the rights of college women who are victims of rape — even in cases where there is little or no evidence that such an incident took place.
Two questions centered around statements by another survivor of sexual assault, Kaley Triller.
She noted that 1 in 4 girls on average will be sexually assaulted during childhood. Triller conceded that transgender individuals aren't predators, but that she is concerned about deviants pretending to be transgender in order to get close to their victims.
This actually happened in Seattle, where a man was found in the locker room of a swimming pool where young girls were changing clothes.
Trinko wants to know if Schulman thinks that Simon and Triller are being treated with “dignity and respect” if biological men are allowed to use the restroom with them.
Schulman cited those two concepts in his statement about boycotting North Carolina.
A congressman from North Carolina also noted that PayPal does business in more than two dozen countries where homosexual behavior is unlawful — which is hardly the picture of “dignity and respect.”
Does PayPal plan to pull out of states which require its localities to follow state rules regarding employment (like the North Carolina law does)?
North Carolina is a conservative state, but if a liberal state had a similar law in place, would PayPal remain there if the company happens to like what the state legislature forces business to do?
How exactly does PayPal define discrimination?
Does the company's definition include discrimination against religious Americans, like the owners of an Oregon bakery and a New York event-hosting establishment who were both fined for refusing to cater to a same-sex wedding?
Finally, Trinko wants to know if PayPal would fire or refuse to hire employees whose religious principles involve the biological reality of gender and/or the “traditional” definition of marriage.
Hopefully, the answer is no — since doing so would appear to violate the Constitutional rights of religious Americans.
In response to PayPal's decision, North Carolina lieutenant governor Dan Forest stated that if the new law protects one woman or child “from being molested or assaulted, then it was worth it.”