Homobigot Ken Hutcherson says he's a 'White House envoy'
This story has blown up over at Americablog (see here, here, and here). One of the more persistent, outlandish anti-gay pastors around, Ken Hutcherson of Antioch Bible Church (near Seattle) is making the White House sweat.
Hutcherson photo art via Mike Tidmus.
“Pastor Hutch” is claiming that the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives has named him “Special Envoy for Adoptions, Family Values, Religious Freedom, and Medical Relief,” and so he has been freely identifying himself as an agent of the Bush White House. Look at what kind of “envoy” Hutch is (John @ Americablog):
Hutcherson then claims he used his new White House anointed status to meet with Latvian government officials and go bother our US embassy officials in Latvia. And who reportedly tagged along with Mr. Hutcherson on his White House endorsed trip? None of than religious right anti-gay activist Scott Lively, a man accused of publishing Holocaust Revisionism by HateWatch. You see, Lively is the guy behind the theory that gays were the really masterminds behind the Holocaust.
Hutcherson also says he was there pushing Latvia to oppose gay marriage. Good God, do these people ever quit? Hutcherson also lectured the US Embassy officials about their supposed support for the homosexual agenda – I’m sure they had nothing better to do than meet with this goofball now officially representing the Bush the White House.
Hutcherson’s boast to The Stranger’s blog is delicious.
I asked Hutcherson what the title and the partnership mean in terms of his work in Latvia. He replied:
“In my meetings, I can represent as being with them [the White House] and having the power I need to get things done.”
Hooboy. That gave someone agita at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, because the shill at the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives then denied Hutch had any such “powers.”
That denial got Hutch mad, and he’s threatening to bust the White House with proof of its pleasure of having him serve as an envoy:
Hutcherson just called me again. He sounded quite perturbed that he is being cast as, in his words, “a liar,” and he told me that he is rushing to get his hands on video of an interview with Latvian television that he said will prove his claims.
The video, Hutcherson told me, was shot after a Feb. 8 meeting at the White House between himself; Jay Hein, the director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives; and Pastor Alexei Ladyaev of Latvia’s New Generation Church.
…Hutcherson said the video will show that Hein met with him, knew of his new title, and approved of his mission to Latvia. As Hutcherson put it to me:
I’m gonna prove that I had those meetings, I’m gonna prove that I got that title behind me, and I’m gonna show you the video that says I was coming to Latvia and the purpose why.
Someone get out the popcorn…
Past Blend posts on Hutcherson are here.