In One Eye

Tuesday, April 26, 2005
 
Look, I know for us Mac users, Microsoft is supposed to be the evil empire, but this is just too much.
Faced with a decision of conscience on whether to back a state bill to protect gays and lesbians from discrimination, the software giant decided to take the "neutral" position ...

For a company that presents itself as cutting-edge and forward-thinking, such a move seems backward. And for a company recognized as a corporate leader for its treatment of gay employees, such inaction seems hypocritical, too ...

Microsoft caved in to fire and brimstone from Eastside pastor Ken Hutcherson. The New York Times reported Friday that Hutcherson, of Antioch Bible Church, threatened to boycott Microsoft if the company's stand did not square with the Lord. "I told them I was going to give them something to be afraid of Christians about," Hutcherson boasted.
Just what is going on here? Evidently,
What Microsoft truly fears -- and what company representatives won't say publicly -- is the red Republican tide rolling across the country.

There are a lot of computers and software customers out in those Republican-leaning states. In the inner sanctum of Bill Gates' Redmond campus, I picture number crunchers trying to figure out whether all of that money is worth losing over a gay rights bill in a state divided on the issue.

Judging by their response, they said heck no.
No matter what the rationale is, this is about as abominable a stand as any corporation can take. It borders on the illegal.

And now it looks as if the odious Ralph Reed is back on Microsoft's payroll.

It's possible that Bill Gates could've prostituted himself more than he did on this issue, but it's hard to see how.