Hereâ€™s the skinny; for the past decade plus, gay rights organizations in Washington State have been trying to get a bill passed that would make it illegal to discriminate against someone because of their â€˜sexual orientationâ€™, just as it is now illegal to discriminate against someone because of their gender, race, creed, disability or religious choice.
In the past, it has come relatively close to passing, but has not as of yet. This year, the bill again came very close to passing, failing to do so by only one single vote.
Members of the official GLBT group at Microsoft went and testified as private citizens to the state legislature, doing their duty as citizens and giving testimony to their representatives in government as private citizens in the case for why this bill should become law.
As you may well know, Microsoft is a heavy political donor locally as well as nationally and they had put their support behind this bill, even if only half heartedly.
Along comes a man named Ken Hutcherson. Mr. Hutcherson is actually Pastor Hutcherson of the Antioch Bible Church based out of Redmond, Washington, and yes, he is also the ex-NFL linebacker you pictured when you first read his name.
Pastor Hutcherson was able to get a meeting with the higher-ups at Microsoft and told them that their company â€œDid not sit well with Godâ€? on the â€˜sexual orientation discriminationâ€™ bill.
Actually, he really just threatened a boycott by Christians of all Microsoft products if they didnâ€™t move this issue down on their legislative importance ladder.
And Microsoft acquiesced.
So the loss of this bill for literally the â€˜umpteenthâ€™ time is now all Microsoftâ€™s fault. At least if you listen to the loony left wingers.
I have a few issues I would like to address in regards with this topic:
First of all, as a libertarian (notice the small â€˜lâ€™) I do not believe that the government should be in the role of telling businesses who they have to employ.
If some jackass who owns his own business prefers to hire only white supremacists, that is his right. He will pay for that right in the court of public opinion and the court of the free market when his hiring practices become known and potential customers refuse to use his goods or services because of them.
On the other side of the coin, I do not believe that any business owned by peoples not of northern European decent has ever been fined for not hiring Caucasians, although I know and you know that it happens frequently.
Secondly, I absolutely cannot stand for PC terms such as â€˜sexual orientationâ€™. It makes it sound as if genitalia acts like a compass and points in a direction. â€œHi there, my name is Phil, Iâ€™m a Capricorn and my sexual orientation is 36 by 192 degrees, NNW. I like Pina Coladas and walks in the rain.â€?
Makes the phrase sound pretty much as immature as it actually is, doesnâ€™t it?
My next complaint is that the left wing wants Microsoft to be involved in this issue. I thought the left was for getting big money out of politics altogether? I mean, if Microsoft was lobbying to get the state B&O tax reduced or removed, they would go ape-shit-crazy and be screaming about Microsoft using their money to buy influence.
But on civil rights issues that interest them, they DEMAND that the worldâ€™s largest software company owned by the worldâ€™s richest man use its influence to get them what they want.
Now, we all know the left is full of hypocrites, but this is just blatant.
For instance, take Mondayâ€™s Robert Jameson column in the Seattle Post Intelligencer (they call it that because all the intelligence has left the damn paper, post haste):
â€œMicrosoft retreating in fear of red state retributionâ€?
â€œIf corporate America leads the way, elected officials — especially those on the fence — might be more inclined to follow a humane line of thinking.â€?
Have mercy, Miss Percy! Will these people ever figure out what they want?
What say you?