PayPal Seizes Contents of My Online Bank Account



Neal Horsley



(Christian Gallery News Service, March 4, 2003) Paypal, Inc. on Feb 18, 2002, seized the PayPal bank account of me, Neal Horsley, publisher of The Christian Gallery News Service and the founder of  The Creator’s Rights Party.  According to PayPal Account Representatives, the account was impounded and the funds in that account are not to be made available for at least 180 days (six months) from the date they were seized because I ran, “an ultra violent anti-abortion web site that advocated the murder of abortion doctors.  The following links take you to an excerpt of that conversation with the PayPal Customer Service Representative.

Real Audio   or  Flash


I have never advocated the murder or the killing of “abortion doctors.  The evidence proving that statement is available in the words written and published by me over the last fifteen years and can be validated by anyone taking the time to read those words. proves that I have written three full length non-fiction books and hundreds of non-fiction articles and never has a sentence been written that advocated the killing of abortion doctors.  In short, PayPal seized the bank account and froze the funds on the basis of a false accusation. 


Common sense would understand that any person who advocated the murder of abortion doctors would be liable for arrest and prosecution for any number of felony warrants.  Obviously the PayPal employees who ordered the seizure of my bank account knew the accusations were false because there was no mention that I was under indictment or under arrest for the things PayPal was accusing me of.


But PayPal did not have to rely on common sense.  PayPal can freeze any account and make that money unavailable for 180 days anytime and for any reason.   As PayPal officials smugly stated, “…the PayPal User Agreement states that PayPal, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to close an account at any time for any reason.

To amplify this policy, I asked the PayPal customer service representative whether PayPal could seize a customer’s bank account simply because a customer was “anti-abortion.  The customer service representative said, “PayPal can hold a customer’s funds for 180 days for any reason whatsoever.


How do you avoid PayPal seizing (PayPal calls the action “limiting”) your online bank account for 180 days?  PayPal’s Web site provides this answer: “You can help avoid limited account access by adhering to the User Agreement and only using your PayPal account to engage in lawful activity.


Clearly, this answer implies that if a user engages in “lawful activity” they have every reason to expect their account will not be seized and their funds impounded for six months.  As my case proves, PayPal will impound an account if the activity is lawful but “anti-abortion.


In this incident, as in the situation where I was fired from my job because Planned Parenthood representatives threatened to cost the company millions of dollars in sales, I am being financially pilloried as a cautionary tale designed to deter others from becoming abortion abolitionists.  Even though I have been indicted for no crime, false accusations against me are designed to make it impossible for me to do business, find employment or the other things that are required to make a living in the United States of America.  Don’t be an abortion abolitionist like Neal Horsley, PayPal is saying, or you might wake up and find that all your money has been frozen--frozen like an Arab terrorist gets his money frozen--and you won’t have access to it for 180 days, if ever.


As many of you know, we are in the process of putting out the first issue of a new magazine called “The Abortion Abolitionist.  Anyone who does not understand how disconcerting it would be to have funds frozen at the very moment those funds were needed to launch a national magazine has never done business or tried to complete an important project.  The PayPal attack could not have come at a worst time.


Examine this story closely and you will see how Christians in the United States of America are being conditioned to collaborate with people determined to butcher God’s children.  They might have their bank accounts seized if they don’t.


Why do I persist in the face of such dangerous actions taken against me?  I know many people will scoff at my answer but the fact is I was told to see such actions against me as things I should rejoice about: Luke 6:22 (KJV)

22Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.

23Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.


I confess I am having a very difficult time rejoicing about these things that are happening to me.  But I persist because in spite of every fear that my flesh, the world, and the devil conjures up, I know that God knows I’ve made all these enemies simply because I am telling the hard truth about what it means to live in a nation that has legalized the slaughter of the least of God’s children, the ones that the Lord Jesus Christ identified with.


“As you did it unto the least of these, you did it unto me,” he said.  Today, like yesterday, and the day before, and like tomorrow, too, we the people will rip the Lord Jesus Christ apart here in the United States of America, all with the blessings of the federal government and with the collaboration of every one of us not presently incarcerated for resisting such unspeakable evil.  May God grant me the grace to keep speaking that truth as long as life remains in my flesh.


Obviously I need your help.




Neal Horsley

PO Box 1081

Carrollton, Ga 30112


UPDATE:  This article was first sent out at app. 9 am EST on Tuesday, March 4, 2003 to my main mailing list and posted on The Christian Gallery News Service.  By noon of that same day, I received a telephone call from someone who identified himself as a representative of PayPal, Inc.  Even though it was a short call, it is very revealing about the impact public disclosure can have on instances of tyranny, oppression and general bureaucratic bullies like PayPal and all similar wolf packs gathering in this tormented nation today.    Hear a Real Audio recording of that call.


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