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Hutcherson to Annoy Mt. Si High School Again

Timothy Kincaid

April 23rd, 2008

Ken HutchersonRev. Ken Hutcherson is determined to be a general nuisance and all around pain in the ass.

He has opposed Washington’s non-discrimination laws. He’s threatened Microsoft with a hostile take-over because they support their gay employees. But now he’s set his sights a bit lower – Mt. Si High School where his daughter attends.

He has tried to get two teachers fired. He’s tried to get the Gay-Straight Alliance banned. He harassed and threatened the librarian. And now he’s going to be protesting the schoolkids who observe the Day of Silence.

Oh yeah, while kids on the inside are silently bringing attention to bullying, Hutcherson will be outside presenting himself as a screaming ranting example of the type of threat that gay kids face.

On his church’s website he says

Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Prayer Warriors, it’s time to put on your knee pads and start praying! I am organizing a protest of Mt. Si High School and the Snoqualmie Valley School District. We will be protesting at Mt. Si High School on the Day of Silence, April 25 at 10:00 am. We have taken out a huge ad in the Snoqualmie Valley newspaper which will run next Wednesday. Please pray that over 1,000 people will participate.

Enough is enough. We have tried to work with the School District and they will not hear us. They will hear this protest. Pray it up! It’s time to make a moral stand in our public schools.

Pastor Hutch!

Please, no one tell Pastor Hutch that by next Wednesday the event will be over.

The Stranger reports that Hutch also took to the airwaves to spread his own special brand of hate-the-gay.

The Monday radio program that featured Hutcherson claimed that several high schools in and around Seattle are trying to stop the event from happening. All of the schools contacted by The Stranger, however, including some of those mentioned on the program, said the activity is going forward—sponsored by students and without interference from school administrators. “Of course we would hope that there’s tolerance of other people and other lifestyles, on any day of the year and not just one day,” said David Tucker, a Seattle Public Schools spokesperson.

Fortunately, the Reverend Ken Hutcherson will not be the sole voice of Christianity or community to be heard by gay kids at Mt. Si

A group at Tolt Congregational Church in Carnation plans to run an ad beside Hutcherson’s in Wednesday’s edition of the Snoqualmie Valley Record reading, “We are One in The Spirit,” and pledging to support the GSA. Another group, called “Friends of GSA,” is encouraging Snoqualmie residents to confront Hutcherson’s group outside of Mount Si on Friday morning, although McCormick isn’t thrilled about that. “A school is not the right place for this,” she said.

Poor Hutch. His efforts to stop the Day of Silence are not going to be any more effective than his bid to remove domestic partners insurance from Microsoft. But at this point I doubt that he has any illusions about his effectivity; he just likes to see his name in print.

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Buffy
April 23rd, 2008 | LINK

Has anybody informed Hutcherson that bigotry is 100% curable?

Jason D
April 24th, 2008 | LINK

..and a choice.

Mt.Si Student
April 24th, 2008 | LINK

I am a student at mt.si high school and id’ like to bring up a couple points.

1. why is he wasting his time? does he think by doing this the gay community is going to say oh you’re right and magically become un-gay? his efforts aren’t going to accomplish anything. do something worth while. send your “1000 prayer soldiers’ somewhere where they can make a difference. darfur?

2. if he doesn’t want gay people to have a ‘special day’, take away black history month. ITS THE SAME THING. a time period set aside to recognize inequality of a group of people.

3. whether its in the bible or not, loving someone of the same sex isn’t illegal. SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE! the inequality these people face is unconstitutional (14th amendment).

4. it is also in the bible that god loves EVERYONE and created EVERYONE. if he wanted us to all be the same then why did he make us so different?

just a thought.

ShannonB
April 24th, 2008 | LINK

Right on Mt Si Student!

And just so you know you aren’t alone against these people preaching intolerance, I will be one of the people there in the morning as you arrive tomorrow to show support for your efforts to end intolerance and bullying at your school (I’ll be one of the ones with a rainbow flag).

Mt.Si Student
April 24th, 2008 | LINK

Well on behalf of my school (well some of us anyway) thank you so much for your support.

My friend an i created a shirt that we sold and that we’ll be wearing tomorrow.

On the front it says Team McCormick (the teacher who spoke out during the MLK assembly) and on the back it has a gay couple, a straight couple, and a lesbian couple and on the bottom it says:

“Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than two men holding hands”

I wish we could’ve made more to sell tomorrow.

Joel
April 24th, 2008 | LINK

I WANT TO ANSWER sanai student.

1. -why is he wasting his time? -does he think by doing this the gay community is going to say oh you’re right and magically become un-gay? his efforts aren’t going to accomplish anything. do something worth while. send your “1000 prayer soldiers’ somewhere where they can make a difference. darfur?

A-1. -For every soul saved, theres a grand rejoicin in heaven(goes something like that) -no – tending to those closest to you first is respectable.

2. if he doesn’t want gay people to have a ’special day’, take away black history month. ITS THE SAME THING. a time period set aside to recognize inequality of a group of people.

A-2. Prove me your gay. Testimony? So God really does exist because you ‘feel it’? Not really. ike a black preacher once said… its insulting to be compared to gays.

3. whether its in the bible or not, loving someone of the same sex isn’t illegal. SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE! the inequality these people face is unconstitutional (14th amendment).

A-3. The boy who loved the 30yr old man and he loved him back isn;t ilegal either. Heterosexuality=/=homosexuality… in and of themselves, they are not equal… they are only as equal as we(relatively) make em out to be. If it were so unconstitutional, they would aready be marrying in every state, not facing an amendment. Why? Equality is in the eye of the beholder.

4. it is also in the bible that god loves EVERYONE and created EVERYONE. if he wanted us to all be the same then why did he make us so different?

A-4. Are you not familiar with God testing us? Life on earth is a test, not paradise. God is cruel then? Do you really want to question God’s ways?

Joel
April 24th, 2008 | LINK

Oh my.. its all bold >.<
Sory BTB ppl, i had no idea did that here. ANd nothing between appears either, heh.

Emily
May 3rd, 2008 | LINK

I was the co-creator of the “Team McCormick” t-shirts. While I don’t hate Pastor H for hating gays, I pity him for not “following in the footsteps of Jesus” (as is the goal of most Christians) and learning to love all types of people.

Hypocrisy at its finest.

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