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Monday, January 16, 2006

Bigots Hutcherson, Dobson team up to attack companies supporting civil rights

The Associated Press has just released this "newsbreak" announcing that Ken Hutcherson, the pastor of the right wing Antioch Bible Church, is going to call for a national boycott of Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard and other businesses that have officially come out in support of Rep. Ed Murray's civil rights legislation, HB 2661:
Rev. Ken Hutcherson, pastor of Antioch Bible Church in the east Seattle suburb of Redmond - also home to Microsoft - said he would officially make the call for the boycott Thursday on a national conservative talk radio show, Focus on the Family.

"We're tired of sitting around thinking that morals can be ignored in our country," he said. "This is not a threat, this is a promise. Check out the past presidential election. We made the moral issue the No. 1 issue."

Last week, several companies, including Microsoft Corp., Boeing Co., Hewlett Packard Co., and Nike Inc. signed a letter urging passage of the measure, which would add "sexual orientation" to a state law that already bans discrimination in housing, employment and insurance based on race, gender, age, disability, religion, marital status and other factors.
Nice to know that these two right wing bigots are in league with each other. Hutcherson is essentially a clone of Dobson's, except he's much smaller. That's all the information you need if you haven't heard of Hutcherson, but you have heard of Dobson.

"Focus on the Family" is of course Dobson's organization. And it's no surprise that these two - Hutcherson, the clone, and Dobson, the master - are conspiring together to fight this landmark legislation. They are propogators of hate. And they must be stopped.

This is the year to pass this legislation. This is the year to make a stand for equality and deliver to the Governor legislation which will ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Discrimination does not have a place in Washington State, or for that matter, the United States.

We are stronger than people like Hutcherson and Dobson. We believe in human dignity. They believe in fear. But we can beat them. Many of America's finest have defeated this kind of hatred time and again in the course of our nation's history. And they have won. If they can do it, so can we.

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