Phoning into the John Carlson Show (KVI m-f, 3-6p) Friday anti-gay evangelical political activist Rev. Ken Hutcherson described Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer’s credibility as a “fart in the wind.”
Ballmer, in an email today to employees, said Microsoft will formally support gay rights legislation in Washington state from now on. This was a turnabout after the software giant took a neutral position position after pressure from Hutcherson
“Obviously, the Washington state legislative session has concluded for this year, but if legislation similar to HB 1515 is introduced in future sessions, we will support it,'’ Ballmer wrote.
“He thumbed his nose at me,” said Hutcherson.”I had already won--anybody can make a decision after the pressure’s off.
“The Superbowl--the Legislature--is over and I won the game.”
Microsoft’s withdrawal of support was in the face of a Hutcherson threat of an evangelical national boycott. Though Microsoft denied that Hutcherson’ pressure had anything to do with it, (“He called me a liar,” says Hutcherson) it was widely seen as the deciding blow to a gay rights bill before the Washington State legislature last week. It lost by one vote.
“They flip-flopped, they changed their mind.” he said. "Whatever he says from now on will be like a fart in the wind.”
Carlson said he had never heard a preacher put it quite like that. Hutcherson laughed.
“Steve [Ballmer] isn’t very smart, telling me what his quarterback is going to do next year. Now I’ve got a whole year to get ready for them.”
Carlson tried to get the former pro-footballer to say how he would retaliate--or whether he’d make good on his previous threats.
But Hutcherson wouldn’t take the bait. He denied it was a threat. “it was a promise,” he said threateningly.
Hutcherson is a controversial, self-promoting political activist and founding preacher of a suburban megachurch in Kirkland, Washingotn. Click here for for a little history of him and his work. Then click here for some defining quotes.