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.

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

  1. Maybe I should start a “church” and get rich folks to send me shares, too!

    Science Goddess

  2. I will say one thing in support (and no sarcasm!) that he is right that big business/the rich should stay out of influencing government with its financial muscle.  It’s just a pity that the influence he is trying to stop seems to be an non profit one- there are plenty better anti-corruption things he could campaign for.

  3. Yeah, this plan is going to fail miserably unless his entire idea was to make money off of peoples ideals, in which case the plan will work beautifully.

  4. If they did manage to buy Microsoft I bet the masthead would say “God Hates Fags”

    Your ever vigilant author;
    Allan W Janssen

  5. I would agree with the sentiment(and that’s all it is) that big business should stay out of public policy, but that’s just part of the society we live in.  Free speech and attempts to influence politics don’t have limits on how rich you can be.  Perhaps we should focus our ire at lobbying processes, excessive campaign contributions, and the various conflicts of interest that our elected representatives have, that prevent them from working for the interests of vast majority of Americans.  I’d be happy if big businesses, along with preachers, cops, congressmen and city councilmen could just stay out of my PRIVATE life!  We all get to TRY to encourage public policy decisions-it’s just far easier to accomplish when you’re rich and your products cover the globe.  Or when you have an army of rubes that financially support you and follow your orders based on threats of punishment in the afterlife!

      This guy thinks that Bill Gates should sit down and shut up about issues of state and national interest.  Yet he admits that he fully believes this to be an area where people should listen to HIM!  Does the hypocrisy get any clearer???  DUHHH…I’m a Pastor, LISTEN TO MEEEEEEE!!!!!  Just because his worthless shit-book has some nasty things to say about some people doesn’t mean it’s the only opinion allowed!  How he thinks that reading one book qualifies him to speak about anything blows my mind.  The witless arrogance almost gives me hives!
    It’s a dishonest and clumsy attempt to quiet opinions and ban policies that don’t agree with his superstitions.  He sets up a false dichotomy where one would have to chose between the Microsoft morality or his own “real” morality.  So let me ask: If you had to take one of these prepackaged choices, rather than bother getting involved or having your own opinions, who would you choose to set policy, on any issue? 
    A freedom-hating, sex-fearing ignoramus who can only quote one badly written book of bullshit, or an intelligent successful man who has at least shown that he is capable of getting a thing or two done in the real world?

  6. Free speech and attempts to influence politics don’t have limits on how rich you can be.

    These are two seperate things, and both rely eventually on wealth for their effectiveness.  Both you and Bill Gates can have free speech.  Who is more likely to get reported?  Both you and Bill Gates can say “If law ‘x’ gets passed we will move our purchasing power to country ‘y’”.  Which of you is most likely to get the change you desire?  You can say the same thing, with different outcomes.  The question is will there ever be a way to seperate CEOs from representing their shareholders?

  7. My question for him is “what the hell is Microsoft doing that is so bad?” Vague references to them attempting to shape local policy hardly qualify as “bad”…come on man! I want some dirt I can spew about the big M!

  8. When they take over, what will customer support be like?  Bow your head and pray the bugs out?  I can just picture Geek Squad standing over a computer with cross in hand shouting “The power of christ compells you!  The power of christ compells you!” while the monitor is doing 360’s and smoke is pouring out the back.

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