Another Financial Institution Targets Christian Action Network

In a shocking move, J.P. Morgan has blocked Christian Action Network from (CAN) accepting donations via WePay. This 35-year-old family values organization received the abrupt notice in June, halting supporters’ ability to donate quickly online.

“Once again, a financial institution has targeted Christian Action Network in a brazen effort to deprive us of much-needed funds,” said Martin Mawyer, president and founder of CAN.

J.P. Morgan did not explain, merely sending a one-line termination notice: “WePay is providing notice of termination, effective July 17, 2024.” Thanks for the clarity, J.P. Morgan!

This termination follows a troubling pattern.

CAN has previously faced shutdowns from Discover Card, QuickBooks, Global Payment Systems, and EpicPay. Two years ago, BB&T Bank (now Truist) severed its 25-year relationship with CAN without clear justification.

“In the rare cases we received an explanation, the reasoning could be used to define the word meaningless,” said Mawyer.

“Discover Card said CAN is a ‘reputational risk.’ BB&T said we weren’t using the account as intended, though for a quarter of a century we never deviated from how we used the account. Each month we would deposit credit card donations into our BB&T account and use the money to pay electric bills, water bills, or make equipment purchases.”

It’s no real mystery why CAN is being shut out of financial institutions, Mawyer said.

“Several years ago, I received a media call wanting to interview me about a group out of Oakland, California, called Color of Change, which announced plans to target financial institutions aiding and abetting CAN’s so-called hate campaigns.”

The group immediately told banks and financial institutions that CAN was an “anti-Islamic organization” that was “encouraging vigilantism and violence against them.” Color of Change went as far as posting the slanderous comments on a website called Blood Money.

CAN has never targeted Islam or Muslims for either violence or vigilantism, Mawyer said.

Upon learning of these false accusations, CAN’s attorney sent a letter to Color of Change, threatening to sue unless the slanderous words were removed, which they promptly did.

“It was a cheap shot for sure,” said Mawyer. “But even though they removed the libelous words from the internet, I think it’s safe to say they are still pushing this false narrative out to banks and other financial institutions.”

Mawyer said his organization never knows when the next termination letter will arrive, and it’s not just banks or financial institutions jumping on the de-platforming bandwagon.

“Our company’s insurance policy was canceled a few years back saying we were a ‘reputational risk.’ And last year Zazzle, of all places, a company we use to make mugs, suspended our account without explanation.”

The spirit of the anti-Christ is upon Christians, Mawyer believes, citing the Apostle John’s warning that in the latter days, “no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” (Rev. 13:17)

In a way, Mawyer said, the multiple and persistent attacks to defund his organization are a backhanded compliment to Christian Action Network.

“The radical left wouldn’t give us the time of day if they didn’t fear Christian Action Network,” Mawyer said. “We’re not an organization that beats our chest or tries to sing our praise to the media, but the leftists know who we are, what we do, our numerous victories, and apparently every bank, credit card company, and merchant that does business with us.”

Regardless of the incredible and often overwhelming forces thrown at CAN to disrupt its operations, Mawyer believes the truth of this Bible verse will ultimately prevail: “And the God of peace shall crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.” (Ro. 16:20)

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