An evangelical Christian pastor has vowed to take over Microsoft, one of the world’s largest companies by packing it with shareholders who will vote against their policy of advocating gay rights.
The Reverend Ken Hutcherson, a former Dallas Cowboys player is the self proclaimed head of the Antioch Bible Church, based in Redmond, the home of Microsoft’s headquarters.
Microsoft has a strong diversity policy and LGBT staff enjoy a well-funded employee group.
Mr Hutcherson told a shareholders’ meeting that he would be the company’s “worst nightmare”, threatening that he has the support of not only the 3,500 members of his church, but perhaps also millions of evangelical Christians and orthodox Jews.
“There are 256 Fortune 500 companies alone pouring millions upon millions of dollars into pushing the homosexual agenda,” he told the Daily Telegraph. “I consider myself a warrior for Christ. Microsoft don’t scare me. I got God with me.”
“I told them that you need to work with me or we will put a fire-storm on you like you have never seen in you life because I am your worst nightmare. I am a black man with a righteous cause with a whole host of powerful white people behind me.”
Asked why he as a black man grew up during segregation could advocate discrimination, Mr Hutcherson said: “How many homosexuals have you ever seen had to ride on the back of a bus? I haven’t seen one. I know that many blacks have in the past.
“I’ve never seen an ex-black. Michael Jackson couldn’t even achieve that. But I’ve seen ex-gays. We minister to them every day. We talk to them about how to get out of that sin.”
Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft is no stranger to the LGBT community. In July, a company that invests his wealth purchased a major stake in PlanetOut, the publishers of the Advocate and dating website Gay.com
Cascade Investments LLC joined with a number of other private equity vehicles including Special Situations Funds, SF Capital Partners, PAR Investment Partners LP and Allen Company LLC to fund a rescue buyout of PlanetOut stock, collectively making them the largest shareholders in PlanetOut.