The Bezos Post has a 4,000-word piece up today about the threat of a Christian charity that is allowing people to legally fund raise legal defenses.
Presently, religious groups have special protections. The Post is making it explicit that they want these protections removed immediately.
They are obviously framing all Trump supporters as a terrorist group, and attempting to get them the same treatment that Moslems got after 9/11 – except a lot worse.
Henry “Enrique” Tarrio had already publicized his plans to participate in the Jan. 6 “Stop the Steal” rally. The 36-year-old Miami resident and national chairman of the Proud Boys posted on social media that he would direct small teams of his far-right group with a history of violence to wear black and fan out across Washington.
But when he arrived in D.C. on Jan. 4 ahead of the scheduled demonstrations, he said, “15 cop cars” swarmed his Honda Crosstour soon after he passed through the Third Street Tunnel. Tarrio was wanted on a misdemeanor charge from December accusing him of setting fire to a historic Black church’s Black Lives Matter banner.
During the traffic stop, authorities found high-capacity firearm magazines in his backpack, resulting in felony weapons charges, according to court records. And as he sat in a jail cell for 24 hours, Tarrio said, he thought about how he would need a lot of money to get out of this mess. Good lawyers, he said, don’t come cheap.
He said family members had the idea to monetize the support of his online followers through GiveSendGo.com, a niche Christian fundraising website that bills itself as “a place to fund hope.” Within a week, the “Enrique Tarrio Defense Fund” had amassed more than $113,000 from 2,359 donors, according to the site. Tarrio has pleaded not guilty.
“It’s not just Proud Boys that are raising money there,” Tarrio said in an interview Thursday, noting that his group’s chapters nationwide have used the site to fund their cause. “There’s just so many people that are raising money there.”
A review by The Washington Post shows that the self-described Christian website has become a refuge of sorts for outcasts and extremists, including fringe groups such as the Proud Boys as well as conspiracy theorists who seek to undercut the results of the presidential election by promoting debunked claims of fraud. Some of the users claim to have been booted from other crowdfunding websites for violating terms-of-service agreements.
Postings on GiveSendGo show that at least $247,000 has been raised for 24 people — including at least eight members of the Proud Boys — who claimed online that the money was intended for travel, medical or legal expenses connected to “Stop the Steal” events, including the Jan. 6 rally.
One post asked donors to “sponsor a warrior” and help “buy body armor and other protection pieces for our patriots.” It has raised only $5. Another featured a screenshot of President Trump’s tweet promoting the Jan. 6 event above a man’s plea for help after he claimed that a different crowdfunding site, GoFundMe, had removed his page. “I plan to meet you all there and fight alongside you,” he wrote on GiveSendGo, raising $958.
The pleas for money illustrate how even small-dollar donations could make the trip to Washington possible for some Trump supporters.
The Post continues to whine about how many filthy goyim were able to get money for their dastardly, goyish deeds on this Christian website.
They have already gotten some of their services shut down.
Following the siege of the U.S. Capitol, which resulted in the deaths of one police officer and four rioters, GiveSendGo has found itself in a firestorm over the use of its platform to finance travel or legal defense funds related to the events of Jan. 6.
Several days after the rally, PayPal announced that it would no longer process transactions for the site.
“The account in question was closed due to a violation of our Acceptable Use Policy,” a PayPal spokeswoman said in a written statement. “PayPal carefully reviews accounts to ensure our services are used in line with our well-established policy, and has a long history of taking action when we deem that individuals or organizations have violated this policy. We do not allow PayPal services to be used to promote hate, violence, or other forms of intolerance.”
Jacob Wells, the chief financial officer of GiveSendGo, told Bloomberg News that he “broke up first” with PayPal after growing alarmed by its plans to censor some funds.
In interviews with The Post, Wells said he is “definitely not comfortable” with the presence of the Proud Boys on his site but had no plans to remove their pages.
“I’m extremely hesitant to trample or walk on that freedom at the outcry of public opinion,’’ Wells said. “If the law dictates that we can’t have things [on the website], we adhere to the law.’’
Over the past few days, however, the site has suspended donations to several funds set up by the Proud Boys and other Stop the Steal participants. Wells said he removed the donate button on these pages after Stripe, a company whose software enables online payments from credit or debit cards, emailed with objections. He said he hopes to come up with a solution that would allow donations to resume to those accounts as soon as Feb. 1. Stripe did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
GiveSendGo drew criticism last year following its apparent willingness to host campaigns connected to people accused of crimes, including Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the killing of George Floyd, and Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old charged with killing two men and wounding a third in Kenosha, Wis. Chauvin and Rittenhouse have pleaded not guilty; Rittenhouse has claimed self-defense.
Wells acknowledged that the site has at times struggled to stay true to both Christian principles and its commitment to facilitate fundraising for individuals or causes irrespective of their popularity.
“We’re not radicalized people,’’ he said. “I’m a Jesus guy. . . . I love the message of the cross and the gospel, which is an equalizer for everybody.”
Wells added: “The mission at GiveSendGo has [been], and will always be, to share the hope of Jesus in the midst of a divided place.”
A handful of Christian pastors who had publicly condemned the events of Jan. 6 said in interviews that they feared the website could become a tool in what they see as the dangerous rise of Christian nationalism, an ideology rooted in its followers’ intent to take back what they view as the American identity.
“When you’ve got people waving flags and taking Jesus’ name in vain like this, what seems to happen is that Jesus becomes more of an ‘Uncle Sam’ character than what we proclaim as the living Christ,” said Garrett Vickrey, who leads the Woodland Baptist Church congregation in San Antonio.
“That’s how Jesus kind of becomes a mascot for your movement and a blank canvas to project whatever your values or vision is of what’s good and right. And that’s how things get dangerous.”
Yes, Jesus should never be used as a symbol for fighting against government oppression, or general wrongdoing.
Jesus should only be used as a symbol for… mass immigration and gay anal.
Jesus is like, love, mannnnnn.
They found some disgruntled bitch to claim that the site is fascist.
Emily Clagett, 25, of Gaithersburg, Md., said she interned for GiveSendGo in 2015 while she was a student at Salisbury University. Clagett said she worked remotely but would meet with Wilson, who was her direct supervisor, once a week at a coffee shop to work together for an hour or two. At the time, Clagett said, the site was just starting and the founders were hoping to get the attention of prominent Christian churches and their followers.
Every day, Clagett said, she was tasked with choosing three quotes from well-known Christian leaders to post on social media with graphics. But after a while, she said, it grew difficult to find succinct quotes that she had not already featured.
“I slipped up once and I guess I put like a Buddha quote in there and I got in trouble,” she said. “The quote was really just something about being kind to other fellow humans. I get that he’s not a Christian religious figure.”
Clagett said Wilson didn’t get angry, but told her: “Hey, that’s not okay. Don’t do that again.”
Last year, she said she was puzzled to read about GiveSendGo’s willingness to host Rittenhouse’s legal defense fund, which has raised more than half a million dollars, according to the site.
“I’m not a practicing Catholic anymore, but the tenets of Christianity are, you know, ‘Don’t hurt people,’ ” Clagett said. “So I was surprised about that and pretty much equally as surprised about all of the Proud Boys fundraisers. I’m not really sure how that can be spun as being Christian.”
“I’m not a Christian but I think Jesus is really against killing Jewish pedophiles when they attack you on the street.”
This article just goes on and on and on, listing how all these evil people are using it to make money, in-between quoting Christians who agree with the values of The Daily Bezos.
Some pastors told The Post that, despite its intended Christian audience, they had never heard of GiveSendGo until they learned that some of those involved in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol had used the site to raise money.
“I don’t really know any Proud Boys,” said Bill Ireland, the pastor of the Norris Religious Fellowship, a small interdenominational congregation about 20 miles north of Knoxville, Tenn. “But I just don’t think that there’s a place for Christians to be fomenting violence. I see that being contrary to the way of Jesus.’’
This is a sickening condemnation of every Christian solider in history, and it is anti-Christ.
Christianity, frankly, has had violence at the center of it since the Jews violently murdered our Lord and Savior.
Emily Hull McGee, a pastor who leads the First Baptist Church on Fifth congregation in Winston-Salem, N.C., said she is upset that some potentially bad actors are adopting fundraising mechanisms used by Christian churches for such efforts as mission trips to aid the poor. McGee said she was troubled that GiveSendGo was used to promote plans for disruptions on Jan. 6, which she noted is the Epiphany, a day to celebrate “the light of Christ in the world.” She said she sees an irony.
“For decades, we have pooled our money to do together what we cannot do apart,” she said. “And this takes the very heart of a commitment that has been exercised in a number of Christian traditions for years and perverts it to the very sort of worst impulses that I can see.”
The generosity of GiveSendGo donors has been overwhelming, Tarrio said, so much so that he recently stopped accepting new donations.
He said that once the $113,000 in GiveSendGo money is transferred to his bank account, he will start his search for a top lawyer to mount his defense.
“I’m gonna go with the best one I can find,” he said.
So, this is what it is: it’s a call to shut this website down, because the goal is to make it impossible for right-wingers to make any money at all.
They are starving us out, as they prosecute us, as they sue us.
They are effectively trying to exterminate us.
But making these kinds of aggressive moves against an explicitly Christian site is new, and it is a new hurdle to jump.
They do not want anyone to have anywhere to run.
The only reason that GiveSendGo.com has stayed up this long is that it has, up until this point, been very difficult for these people to go after religious organizations.
We’re going to see the end of that difficulty now.
This site will be shut down, just as Bezos ordered. Then, there will be a precedent for shutting down other religious groups that are deemed a threat to democracy.