Today's noisy non-event in Olympia protesting free speech, produced a couple hundred Christians, and three ironic counter-protesters holding up signs that said, "Get Over It."
But expect more tantalizing coverage for your seasonal entertainment -- the fire-breathing is not meant for us --Washingtonians are apparently underwhelmed by all this but O'Reilly's cameras were rolling, as this McControversy rages on in the hands of Hutcherson, or "Dr. Blackman," as he likes to call himself.
This is all to protest Governor Gregoire, and AG Rob McKenna' view that if the state lets one religious holiday expression into the people's Capitol, it must allow all. Thus the atheist screeds, a menoreh, various Christian symbols plus a manger scene made from balloons with wise men missing, and in their place, images of Bill O'Reilly slugging Gregoire.
"He's knocking the sense of God into her," balloon artist Adam Lee told KING-TV.
Hutcherson piled church members into vans, and trucked them to the Capitol after today's services at his majority white mega-church, Antioch Bible Church in Redmond, home of Microsoft.
He has over 3000 members in this sleek suburb east of Seattle -- most of them went home after church and put their feet up.
Hutcherson works the media like a street corner. He's well known in the Pacific Northwest-- a big and tall black man; former Dallas Cowboy, Seattle Seahawk line-backer, friend of Rush Limbaugh (or so he claims) gentleman farmer, breeder of Rottweilers and quarter horses. He was invited to George Bush’s inauguration.
He's not beloved by the state evangelical pastoral community, his grandstanding has off-put many of his peers such as the smoother, Rev. Joe Fuiten, and his colorful quotes have been embarrassing to them.
He's known for a lot of creepy political activism which usually gets him in the papers, if not in national conservative media. He's probably most famous for threatening Microsoft to drop support of a gay rights bill which caused it to die in the Legislature (it later passed),
A display honoring "Festivus," (for the rest of us) the secular holiday made up by Seattle singer/songwriter Danny O'keefe, and made famous on the late sitcom, Seinfeld has been promised for later in the week. Don't touch that dial!