Conservative pastor wants followers to buy up Microsoft stock to stop its “ungodly ways!”

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.

True hope for our future. Student takes on John McCain.

We need more kids like this one:

William Sleaster, a student at Concord High School rose to ask McCain a question about gay rights and, ultimately dissatisfied by the answer he received from McCain, told the Republican presidential contender that he’d come looking to see a leader and didn’t.

McCain first answered the high school student by talking about his support for Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the military’s policy regarding gays, and about his belief in the sanctity of marriage.

“Discrimination in any form is unacceptable in America today,” McCain said.

“I understand the controversy that continues to swirl around this issue,” McCain said. “That debate needs to be continued.”

Sleaster pressed on. “Do you support civil unions or gay marriage?”

“I do not,” McCain answered. “I think that they impinge on the status and the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman.”

“So you believe in taking away someone’s rights because you believe it’s wrong?”

“I wouldn’t put that interpretation on my position, but I understand yours,” McCain said diplomatically.

Sleaster indicated that he wanted to follow up again.

“You have one more? Go ahead you’re doing good,” McCain encouraged.

“I came here looking to see a leader,” Sleaster said. “I don’t.”

Yeah, that pretty much sums up my feelings about John McCain ever since he took on his latest run for the White House. I’ve said before that he was one of the few Republicans I would’ve voted for in the past, but that’s all changed now.

Found over at Think Progress