"The beast was given a mouth to
utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise its
authority for forty-two months. It opened its mouth to
blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling
place and those who live in heaven. It was given power
to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer
them. And it was given authority over every tribe,
people, language and nation.." Revelation 13:5-7
Jihad Watch is the latest target of a
widening crackdown on right of center, conservative and
Christian media voices. Figures such as Alex Jones and
Gavin McInnes have been booted from YouTube, Twitter and
Facebook recently, and now the left has gone after
payment systems to strip away the ability for supporters
to fund right-leaning websites.
Robert Spencer has built the Jihad Watch website into
one of the world's foremost sources of reporting on
Islamic ideology and extremism, all in his quest to
expose the threat of Islam as a violent and political
movement fundamentally opposed to Western culture and
For years the site has featured reporting, photography
and video footage from across the globe and it is widely
regarded as the best site for tracking jihadist activity
across the web as well.
Jihad Watch is primarily supported by The Horowitz
Freedom Center and several other organizations and
large donors such as the Bradley Foundation.
Recently however, Spencer created a Patreon and a
GoFundMe page to allow his millions of fans to pledge
their support if they saw value in the work he does.
On August 14th, he received a message from Patreon
informing him that they would be removing his account.
With a tone of the utmost congeniality, the email reads,
"My name is April and I'm on the Trust and Safety team
here at Patreon. I've been notified by Mastercard that
we must remove your account from Patreon, effective
immediately. Mastercard has a stricter set of rules and
regulations than Patreon, and they reserve the right to
not offer their services to accounts of their choosing.
This is in line with their terms of service, which means
it's something we have to comply with."
And with that his account closed and
the money donated by fans refunded to them.
GoFundMe refunded donations quietly, removed another
portion of the money received, and then went silent,
avoiding an outright ban but disrupting Jihad Watch's
ability to receive money from its supporters.
Patreon was started as a way for fans to support content
creators, artists and intellectuals without relying on
advertising media. Content creators on YouTube, for
instance, are at the mercy of advertisers who can choose
to demonetize a video that they dislike, as well as
YouTube that can arbitrarily block or ban accounts that
don't align with their views.
With Patreon, the fans themselves lend their support
without the trouble of watching ads, but payment
processors such as Mastercard and Visa are still able to
exert their influence.
In this case, it was Mastercard that used its
partnership with Patreon to force Patreon's hand, and
they could do the same to any artist, journalist, poet
or writer on the site they don't agree with. There is no
appeals process, no three strikes rule and no real
recourse for Spencer and Jihad Watch because Patreon
risks the threat of Mastercard blocking their entire
Is it coincidence that the Southern Poverty Law
Center (SPLC) only recently labeled Jihad Watch as
an anti-Muslim organization that is both extremist and
dangerous in its Islamophobic views?
The SPLC maintains a list of the left's political
enemies, all of which it brands as extremist, hate
mongering, racist, supremacist or something-phobic in an
effort to discredit them. And this tactic works.
Mainstream media, already left-leaning, picks up the new
label without question and runs with it. It would seem
in this case that Mastercard used the label of extremist
and Islamophobic to justify their suppression of Jihad
Spencer said of the banning, "In the United States,
of course, we have demonitization and deplatforming.
People who are telling unwelcome truths are simply
silenced, and they're throwing us off social media. Of
course it didn't start with me and it won't end with me.
This is the thing. People say, 'Oh I don't like Alex
Jones,' and they shut him up. That doesn't matter. I
don't like Gavin McInnes. I don't like Robert Spencer,'
but they're going to keep coming until every voice that
dissents from their agenda is silenced."
Censorship is not the federal or state government
directly banning a viewpoint or jailing dissenting
bloggers, as we might see in China. Instead, it is the
collusion of media corporations, technology firms and
front organizations such as the SPLC that all work
together to silence right wing voices.
Blocked from mainstream media, deprived of funding on
the web and banned from most major social media
platforms, voices that dissent from the leftist agenda
lose their ability to reach audiences. Just as banks
have withdrawn their support of firearms manufacturers,
Mastercard and other payment processors are pulling the
plug on right-leaning sites by cutting them off from
Jihad Watch will survive despite the actions of
Mastercard. With any luck, the publicity that the
controversy brings will only increase the site's
traffic, but this is just one example of a much larger
trend, a trend in which the overwhelmingly leftist
media, finance and technology companies use their
positions of power to silence and defame viewpointswith
which they disagree.
**Editors Note ** - After the writing of this story it
is also being reported that The David Horowitz
Freedom Center stated in a recent email that its
ability to accept donations by credit card has been
disabled by both Visa and Mastercard following a
campaign by the SPLC to label the Freedom Center as a
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