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Microsoft bullsh*ts its 'neutral' position on failed WA anti-discrimination bill


Bill supporter Ed Murray, says Microsoft’s claim that threat of a religious wingnut boycott had nothing to do with withdrawal of support is “an absolute lie.” Bradford L. Smith, MS bullsh*t artist, won’t comment on his conversation with Murray, where he admitted the church’s pressure was a factor.

The spin machine is hard at work. Hold your nose as you read this dirty baby nappy-smelly defense from Microsoft about its “neutral” position on a state bill that would have barred discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. From the NYT:

Microsoft officials said that the recent meetings with the minister did not persuade them to back away from supporting the bill, because they had already decided to take a “neutral” position on it. They said they had examined their legislative priorities and decided that because they already offer extensive benefits to gay employees and that King County, where Microsoft is based, already has an anti-discrimination law broader than what the state bill proposed, they should focus on other legislative matters.

Our government affairs team made a decision before this legislative session that we would focus our energy on a limited number of issues that are directly related to our business,” said Mark Murray, a company spokesman. “That decision was not influenced by external factors. It was driven by our desire to focus on a smaller number of issues in this short legislative session. We obviously have not done a very good job of communicating about this issue.”

Uh, that’s an understatement you cowardly f*cker. It gets better, since the company has already been ratted out as having been affected by Ken Hutcherson, pastor of the Antioch Bible Church, who planned a boycott of MS if the $30+ billion dollar company supported the bill, would have prevented discrimination in employment, housing and other matters to gays and lesbians.

But State Representative Ed Murray, an openly gay Democrat and a sponsor of the bill, said that in a conversation last month with Bradford L. Smith, Microsoft’s senior vice president and general counsel, Mr. Smith made it clear to him that the company was under pressure from the church and the pastor and that he was also concerned about the reaction to company support of the bill among its Christian employees, the lawmaker said.

Mr. Smith would not comment for this article….Representative Murray said the company’s contention that the decision not to support the bill had nothing to do with the church was “an absolute lie.”

And low-rent Am Taliban Hutcherson was quite smug about his successful threat to Microsoft — he said he told company executives, “If you don’t think the moral issue is not a big issue, just count the amount of votes that were cast on moral issues in the last election,” and “I was going to give them something to be afraid of Christians about.”

[John over at AMERICABlog also has much to say about this article.]

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