Here in Washington
State, the legislature is debating
a gay rights bill, as it does every year.
Every year they turn it down, even though it is nothing radical. No gay marriage, no fashion seminars, no
forced viewing of Brokeback Mountain. It just adds sexual orientation to the list
of things for which one cannot be discriminated against, along with gender,
race, and the inability to carry a tune.
But this might be the year it passes, because one of the
Republicans has had a change of heart and announced his intention to vote
yes. Also because a coalition of Big
Companies has sent a letter in support of the bill.
The companies include Microsoft, Boeing, and Hewlett
Packard. I told you they were Big.
Here’s the foolish part.
The local representative of the Religious Right, Rev. Ken Hutcherson,
has announced the need for all right-minded individuals to boycott said Big
First of all, don’t you think the RRs should quit boycotting
stuff? After all, their boycott of Disney
World failed to change Disney Corp’s gay-friendly policies. Their boycott of Starbucks did not force the
company to stop printing quotes from Evil Liberals on their paper cups. As far as I know, the recent boycott of the
American Girl company has not resulted in the company disavowing their support
of the Girls Inc organization.
And those companies are easy to boycott. Nobody really needs a high-priced doll or an
exorbitantly priced cup of coffee. You
can just say no.
But Microsoft? I’d
like to see you try. If you are reading
this, you are using a Microsoft product right now. Traveling anywhere soon? Are the RRs going to refuse to board Boeing
As for why the RRs think it is perfectly ok to discriminate
against gay people, even though Christianity is supposed to be about love,
well, I’ve given up trying to figure that out.
UNRELATED NOTE: Holy moly, the post below this made the poor
man’s featured content (for “Classic Xanga” sites), and the unwashed
masses came pouring in. I don’t know whether to be proud or to
run away screaming.