By now my readers probably don't need me to inform them that the crowd-funding site GoFundMe apparently has a war on against Christians. Or for that matter, anyone else who holds to a traditional view of marriage and suffers for it. The site has shut down no less than two campaigns--one for Barronelle Stutzman, the Washington florist, one for Aaron and Melissa Klein in Oregon. The latter case is one I haven't happened to write about yet. It features the disgusting spectacle of a pair of lesbians arguing for (and probably getting) the utter financial ruin of a pair of small-business bakers because the lesbians suffered such "emotional pain" and even "physical suffering" when the bakers refused to make them a cake for their "wedding." The emotional pain of the bakers at the financial destruction of their business and their lives is of no account, of course. They are bigots and made a pair of lesbians feel bad, so this is what they deserve. The administrative law judge has ruled that they should be fined $135K. As in the florist case in Washington, apparently no corporate veil applies. This money will come out of the Kleins' personal assets. Another bureaucrat can accept or reject the proposed fine.
But back to GoFundMe. GFM's terms of service state that you can't set up a funding campaign if you have been convicted of a "heinous" crime, and GFM implied that both the Kleins' and Stutzmann's campaigns violated this policy. Which makes no sense, both because nobody in their right mind thinks of what they did as "heinous" and because what they violated were civil statutes rather than criminal statutes. HotAir reports that GFM has squared the circle by hastily amending their policy to ban fund-raising if one has been found guilty of "discriminatory acts." Redstate points out that actually GFM has no problem retaining pages for accused criminals.
But as free market author Jay Richards has pointed out, we should not be restricted to thinking of this in terms of non-profit organizations.
Rather than dwell on that depressing perversion of justice, however, I’m hoping there’s an entrepreneur reading this who is interested in both doing well and doing good. There is a growing need for a crowd-funding company that can help the victims of grotesquely unjust laws like the one in Oregon. One of GoFundMe’s current competitors may be able to step in. If not, then there’s a growing and unmet need that calls for another company in the market.
Either way, that company won’t have to worry about competition from GoFundMe.
We are experiencing a time of corporate persecution of nature and religion. From corporate "diversity days" to the shameful spectacle of corporations arguing disingenuously that an RFRA in Indiana would limit their business opportunities in that state to the firing of Brendan Eich to this nonsense from GoFundMe, there is no doubt that many people who run big and powerful businesses have it in for anyone who does not support the insane homosexual and transgender orthodoxy. Crazy as academia is, in one sense people in the business world have even less protection (no tenure).
But (and this is a big but) the problem here is ideology. After all, it was a laughable lie that businesses would lose revenue by the invisible hand of the market if Indiana passed an RFRA (which reflected the federal RFRA and the RFRAs in plenty of other states). The corporate execs at Mozilla, GoFundMe, Stryker, and many other corporations are true believers, and that is why they do what they do.
As if to emphasize this point still more, The Christian Post found a competitor of GoFundMe, based in England no less (!), that has a different take. London-based GoGetFunding says it would allow crowd-funding for people in the Kleins' situation. The next time something like this happens, bear this in mind. For that matter, bear it in mind the next time you want to raise funds for just about anything. This should be good advertising for GoGetFunding.
There is a hole in the market. There are several holes in the market. One type of hole is found in the darkened, human hearts of those who have market power and who are servants of the "prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience." A black hole indeed. The other hole is the ordinary gap this leaves where normal business considerations leave money-making opportunities untapped because those who serve the zeitgeist are avoiding them. I have no reason to think that GoGetFunding is run by Christians! It is just run by people with a little more sanity and business savvy than hard-core ideological commitment. That sounds like an opening to me. May there be many more such.