I think someone’s suffering from a Don Quixote complex:
The Rev. Ken Hutcherson, who leads Antioch Bible Church in Microsoft’s hometown of Redmond, says that he will create a global and powerful group to promote traditional family values, including marriage exclusively between a man and a woman.
Hutcherson, joined by some of the country’s most influential Christian leaders, has created a new organization, AGN Financial Network, to finance the effort. The worldwide venture asks people to buy three shares of company stock and donate one to AGN. Its Web site tells visitors, “You have the power to change the world,” and contains tips on how to open a brokerage account. Among the listed supporters are Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention and religious pundit Gary Bauer.
“We’re not trying to hurt Microsoft or their shareholders, nor are we calling for a boycott of their products,” volunteer spokesman Dennis Sullivan said. “We are trying to get Christians to buy their shares.”
To what end is the good Reverend trying to influence Microsoft? Is he unhappy with Vista? Wants to have a WinBible applet included in future editions of the OS? No, he wants to stop Microsoft from supporting gay rights causes. In particular, Hutcherson is upset that Microsoft has tried to influence public policy on gay issues:
What the company does “within its four walls” is its own business, Hutcherson told the Seattle P-I on Monday. He objects to Microsoft’s, and many other companies’, influence on public policy.
“That’s when I got upset at Microsoft, when they came down to Olympia … I said, ‘Wait a minute, what are you doing down here trying to make your own policy state policy?’ “
Hutcherson said it’s not Microsoft’s job to influence the public agenda, and that it should be left to others, like him.
“That’s what my job is,” he said. “I’m a pastor.”
Of course the money is a motivation as well:
When asked whether the new initiative is a ploy to make money for his church, Hutcherson said, “Absolutely.”
“We’re going to need the finances to go to the next companies,” he said. “Anything you do successfully needs money.”
I’ll give him credit for honesty at least. The Reverend is trying his best to bowl Microsoft over with his bluster calling himself the stockholder’s “worst nightmare” because “I am a black man with a righteous cause, with a host of powerful white people behind me.”
I’m sure Microsoft is quaking in its boots. According to the article it would take a quite a few people—31 million in fact—spending $104 to purchase three shares apiece to gain just a 1% stake in the company. In comparison Bill Gates, who is an atheist himself, owns 9% (858 million shares) of the total. All I can say to the good Reverend is:
Yeah, good luck with that.