Arghh, he's at it again. Reading this article actually made me sick to my stomach.
The Famously Intolerant, Bigoted, Dumb-Ass reverend Ken Hutcherson from the Antioch Bible Church, which unfortunately now has moved to my town of Redmond, is now calling on Christians across the nation to buy Microsoft stock so they can vote as shareholders to tell Microsoft to stop providing benefits to same-sex domestic partner couples.
Seriously? You're the leader of a church, and this is the crusade you choose? Not starving kids in Africa (or hell, even in your backyard), or any number of other causes that would actually help some group of underserved people, but a crusade to force a public corporation to change its internal policies *that don't affect you*?
What a freakin' waste of time and resources. I don't understand why "churches" like this get to fly within the nonprofit zone, and don't have to pay taxes, yet can get all up in political and business issues.
So here's my call to action for all of you out there in my circle. If you support companies being able to choose what their internal benefits policies should be without kowtowing to some external bigot, or hell, if you support the rights of *all* types of employees to have access to the same benefits, then please consider buying a couple of shares of Microsoft stock to keep them out of the hands of this crazy and his followers.
Of course, this is just a symbolic gesture, and these crazies will not likely be able to buy enough shares to influence the internal policy at Microsoft. At least I hope that's the case. I'm still baffled at why Microsoft execs ever granted this guy an audience to discuss his 'concerns'. I'm guessing it won't happen again.
If you're on Facebook, and you work at Microsoft, you can join this group. There's also a link there to an open group if you just want to show your support but aren't a Microsoft employee.