UPDATE: Pastor Ken Hutcherson isn't backing off his wild comment, though he is amending it slightly. "What I said is that she ought to change her name to Joan Wilkes Booth." Glad he could clear that up.....As a linebacker with the Dallas Cowboys and San Diego Chargers in the 1970s, Pastor Ken Hutcherson undoubtably took his share of body blows and hits to the head. Possibly that could account for his latest incendiary comment about gay marriage. Here's what the senior pastor at Antioch Bible Church in Redmond had to say about Gov. Chris Gregoire's support for the measure:
You heard it right -- "The Hutch," as they called him during his NFL days, is equating Gregoire's pro-same sex marriage stance with Abraham Lincoln's assassin.
Hutcherson, 59, is no stranger to riling the holy waters when it comes to the subject of homosexuality. "God hates soft men," and "God hates effeminate men," he proclaimed in 2008 -- two years before he officiated Rush Limbaugh's fourth wedding in Palm Beach, Florida. Yes, the two men are quite chummy and Hutcherson is a frequent caller.
During that same 2008 rant, the pastor went on to say: "If I was in a drug store and some guy opened the door for me, I'd rip his arm off and beat him with the wet end."
This begs the question: What would Jesus do?
During a recent call into Dori Monson's show on 97.3 KIRO FM, Hutcherson vowed to do all in his power to defeat same sex marriage legislation. "As long as the Bible says it's wrong, I'm going to fight it like it's the last thing I can do," he told Monson, no stranger, either, to the occasional rant. "It's no different than any other sin. If someone walked around and said, 'We want to be a minority because we are divorcees,' I would fight that just as much."
In 2005, Hutcherson convinced Microsoft to withdraw it support for the Washington State Anti-Discrimination bill that would have made it illegal to fire any employee due to their sexual orientation. Hutcherson told the company that 700 of its evangelical workers attended his church and threatened that he'd organize a national boycott if they didn't go along with him. Finally, Microsoft relented and changed its position from support to neutral.
This led to furious protests from Microsoft employees as well as the gay/lesbian transgender community and the company reversed itself.
Hutcherson, meanwhile, says he's rather the gay marriage issue be put before the voters of Washington, who he believes would reject it, but if not, he'd accept the will of the people, however grudgingly.