<!-- Begin meta tags generated by ORblogs --> </meta name="keywords" content="progressive, liberal, politics, government, edit, language, grammar, accuracy, honesty, clarity, world, news, media" /> </> <!-- End meta tags generated by ORblogs -->> Editor at Large: Microsoft does the wrong thing - again

Friday, April 22, 2005

Microsoft does the wrong thing - again

As if there weren't already plenty of reasons to hate Microsoft, now there's a new one: this week the company withdrew its support for a bill in Washington State that would have barred discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The bill failed by one vote yesterday in the Washington State Senate.

What caused Microsoft to withdraw its support of the bill? Pressure from a prominent evangelical church in Redmond, a few blocks from Microsoft's headquarters.

Microsoft, of course, denies any connection between its decision and the church's opposition - although they do acknowledge meeting twice with the church's minister, Ken Hutcherson. Hutcherson, pastor of the Antioch Bible Church, said he threatened in those meetings to organize a national boycott of Microsoft products.

After that, Hutcherson said, Microsoft "backed off." He said he had told Microsoft that he was going to "give them something to be afraid of Christians about."

Indeed. So how about a national boycott of Microsoft AND the Antioch Bible Church?

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/22/national/22gay.html

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