Wow, just… wow.
Warning: Lies, scare quotes, race and religion baiting, fallacious logic, narcissism, child exploitation, and outright extortion ahead.
After what I can only guess was a deep psychotic break, Pastor Ken Hutcherson put out a “Press Release” to his Prayer Warriors titled “Microsoft Supporting Intolerance?” I can’t find any sign of it anywhere else online and this begs the question – if you put out a press release and you don’t send it to the press, is it really a press release at all?
Here’s the awesome craziness. All emphasis is mine:
Redmond, WA -November 19. Dr. Ken Hutcherson challenged Microsoft and the board today at the annual stockholders meeting by asking how Microsoft in their charitable giving can continue to support the group that has been proven to be intolerant, hateful and prejudiced toward those who do not think or vote the way they do. Since the passage of Proposition 8 in California, the homosexual community has stated publically that they believe that the 70 percent of African American people who voted for Proposition 8 are ignorant and discriminatory because they voted for traditional marriage. They have publicly called African Americans the ‘N’ word and have been seen on TV attacking Christians verbally and physically for voting for traditional marriage.
Dr. Hutcherson pointed out that since the board and Microsoft have voted to continue their process of charitable giving to organizations that promote and support the homosexual agenda, “One can only conclude that the board and Microsoft are also intolerant, hateful, prejudiced and think that it is acceptable to call the African American community the ‘N’ word.” “The Microsoft company must think it is okay to give millions of dollars of funding to groups that have been proven to be haters and intolerant toward anyone and any group that does not think the way they do,” he said. Dr. Hutcherson, representing thousands of stockholders, does not believe that Microsoft has thought through their charitable contributions policy. Dr. Hutcherson believes that Microsoft is very hypocritical in their stand. As an example, he cited the fact that he has helped reform the adoption laws in the state of Washington and founded an adoption agency which provides homes for orphans at no charge to the adoptive families. Yet Microsoft, located in the same state and right down the street from Antioch Adoptions will not contribute even one dollar to defray the costs to place children in loving homes because the founder has been labeled intolerant and hateful. “The fact of the matter is that Microsoft withholds support from children because I have been ‘labeled’ intolerant but ironically gives millions upon millions of dollars to the proponents of homosexuality who have been ‘proven’ to be intolerant,” said Dr. Hutcherson.
Since I’ve addressed the initial lies and misrepresentations in my earlier post, let’s focus on what’s new.
1. Talking about “The Homosexual Community” like they are one monolithic group is about as credible and useful as talking about “The Black Community” in the same way. If a single person does something the entire “group” did it? Any rational person would object to painting millions of blacks with the actions of just a few. Why is the standard different for lesbians and gays? Oh wait, it isn’t.
2. Implying that Microsoft thinks it’s acceptable to use the “N” word because they allegedly send “millions and millions” (Carl Sagan lives!) of dollars to “Teh Gays” (They don’t) when a few gays got upset that their Civil Rights were stripped from them is almost the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. Don’t you guys read back the text to see if it makes you sound completely insane?
3. Anyone who voted for Proposition 8 and clearly understood that it would take rights away from a minority was discriminating against that minority. That black people would do this given their journey is shameful and hypocritical in the extreme. I feel for my gay and lesbian brothers and sisters in the black community and I begin to understand how their challenges are different from my own.
4. Stating that Microsoft doesn’t give money to Hutcherson’s adoption organization because Microsoft thinks Hutcherson is intolerant and hateful, and he is, is so wildly narcissistic that it doesn’t pass the red face test. The most important question people should be asking is why does Hutcherson think everything, even objectively charitable work, is so entirely about *him*.
5. Attempting to bulldog Microsoft into supporting one of Hutcherson’s pet projects by stating that Microsoft is “withholding support from children” and that Microsoft is spending “millions and millions” on “homosexuals” rather than placing children in homes is laughably unsubtle and sophomoric. It also ignores the fact that Hutcherson and all those like him who oppose marriage equality are withholding far more crucial support from children who are being raised by same-sex couples (nationally 18% of same-sex couples are raising one or more children) by preventing their parents from being married and providing them the rights, protections, and security that it confers.
6. Finally, the inept use of the scare quotes. You are either claiming to have been labeled intolerant or you’re not – either way it makes no sense to place it in quotation marks. And when you are clearly struggling to make the case that oppressed gays and lesbians are actually the oppressors, it helps when making your accusation if you don’t say they “…have been ‘proven’ to be intolerant…” You are challenging your own credibility (integrity at last?) by placing proven in quotes.
Are their any people with messaging or PR skills working with Hutch at all? It certainly doesn’t appear so.