Testimony from the Prayer Warrior (Or: Why Pastor Ken Hutcherson Told Rep. Jamie Pedersen That He's "The Worst")

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Does he manicure his eyebrows?
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What an asshole.
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So when black people get killed for being black, it is descrimination. What is it then, when gay people get killed for being gay, or trans people get killed for being trans? That is the very definition of descrimination.

Hutcherson is as misguided as they come, and so full of ego that he will never see it. I feel sorry for his kids.
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Wow, what a piece of shit. His statements about hating and wanting to hurt white people take away from his arguments, they don't add to them... Oh, you were wrong then, but you're right now? Also, he's been using kids re this debate for years now! Man, he's just such an ass.
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Hate-filled hate-full bigot Hutcherson actually showed up for something.

Wow.
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Because he's black no one else can belong to a persecuted class.
Good civics lesson, Hutcherson.
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He is a mean spirited bully using a handful of verses to justify his hate.
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Transcript, please.
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I FEEL STUPIDER FOR HAVING LISTENED TO THAT IDIOT.
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Video is no-go for iOS it seems. I guess I'm spared the stupidity?
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In other news, a bullied gay kid in Wenatchee killed himself on January 29th.
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Wow! His comments about liking hurting white people should be used against him in ads in the eastern part of the state.
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Bigot of the Black kind.
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Meh. Another not-too-bright-to-begin-with, who had whatever limited mental capacity he had destroyed by years of football. Just like Fran Tarkington's little anti-union hissy fit last week.

Unfortunately, the moron class in this country thinks that football+Jebus=smart.
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I am from Arkansas. Blacks and whites get along alright there and in Alabama. Neither blacks nor whites in either state get along well with bigoted assholes. What's up with the earrings. I thought g\God said mutilating the body was as bad as being gay...
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Damn, and to think he might have been in a position to have to defend his claims and answer questions at Town Hall.

I am beginning to suspect that someone else told him to pull out of that debate.
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Cancer and concussions have eaten away what few operating brain cells he had to begin with. Sad.
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Ok first some Queen was very very mad at him when she was painting on those brows.
Second ummm what…
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Nauseating.
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Well, we knew he was a bigot and an asshole, but it's interesting to hear him confirm that he's also a thug, having now chosen two careers that allow him to hurt other people legally.
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Wow, he traveled to Olympia to say that? Here's an idea Hutch, next time you tell a story have a fucking point.
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Normally, I'd agree that children--especially small children-- shouldn't be dragged into political theatre; they don't fully understand why they're there or what's going on. On the other hand, the right continually frame this issue around what's "best for the children." So they have no one to blame but themselves when their opponents justifiably point to their families and invite the bigot to tell the children, directly to their face, that their family isn't as good because both parents are the same sex.
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I appreciate Pastor Hutcherson for what he does. He thinks about hot sweaty gay sex 18 hours a day so I don't have to. Those hot young men in their short shorts. Their swollen members yearning to be free.
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W.T.F.

I'm so UN-proud of this black person, as a black person.
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do local tv stations have the balls to put this on the five o'clock news so everyone can see this man's true colors? personally attacking jamie pedersen about bringing his children is about as despicable as it gets. what a piece of work.
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Wow. Wow. Deeply bigoted man. I don't think his religious views influence anything. I think his deeply held bigoted views that he is obviously struggling with- from race to homos to whatever- is driving this man. Deeply flawed character with just enough charisma. I meet plenty of disturbed homeless people in need of mental health services that resemble this man.
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@22, I'd also point out that I didn't drag my infant daughter into the political theater; they did.

If the bigots are going to deprive my daughter's family of equal rights, by all means let them at least see all of us. It's the very least they could do.

When Hutcherson says this is an "adult" matter, he means it's supposed to be something we're ashamed of, which we're not, of course. Testifying to congress about a matter that concerns one's family is a noble thing for the whole family to do together. And it's a great civics lesson for the young ones.
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Does anyone remember when this awful, awful man used HIS children to advance his agenda, a few years ago at their high school?
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Interesting that he talks about his wife, "the whitest white woman in the world," like she's a conquest or trophy, and is ashamed of his own genetic contribution to his children.

When he says that being black isn't a choice, it seems very much like he wishes it was a choice so that he could choose otherwise. It would be sad to behold if there were any evidence that the man deserves pity rather than derision. What a bizarre world view this ugly toad of a man must have.

But it's interesting to ponder that Hutcherson and I do share a common experience, and that is knowing the irrational rage institutionalized bigotry creates in some of its targets, primarily the male ones.
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In the words of Lewis Black, "Fuck, I don't have enough bread crumbs to get home."

There are times when listening to a lunatic speak is so disorienting I can't even remember where it veered off into the woods. What the hell was he talking about? Did I fall asleep for part of that video? Where was he?
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If marriage isn't a civil right than what dose the state and constitution have to do with anybody's marriage at all? Let's have there be a market for joint economic units (couples) and family economic unit (dependent children), they'll fill out paperwork analogous to small business / partnerships.
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@29: "Interesting that he talks about his wife, "the whitest white woman in the world," like she's a conquest or trophy, and is ashamed of his own genetic contribution to his children."

It's pretty interesting (if cringeworthy to see black men exotify, but apparently it does happen.
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what the fuck? This man is disturbed and rambling.
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This is a pinata of sad.
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Someone @8 asked for a transcript. Here's the first 2 minutes. It was all I could take:

--- 26:12 ---

I'm Pastor Ken Hutcherson of Antioch Bible Church. I've been a pastor for quite some time. I've been black for a lot longer than that. I was born and raised in Alabama, where blacks and whites didn't get along very well, and I tried to be one of the main reasons they didn't. I was extremely discriminatory towards whites. The only reason I played football was so I could hurt white people legally.

The problem is that you guys keep throwing up to us that this is a civil rights issue. There's nothing civil rights about this. Nothing. It is not protected by the Constitution. And you are throwing up in front of us over and over again that you should not allow the people to vote for this because it is just not right for a civil rights issue. Well you're trying to make it a civil rights issue, but it isn't. It's not protected by the Constitution. And the reason why the civil rights for me was taken to Congress and not the people was because it was protected by the Constitution. So the people did not have the right to go against the Constitution unless the people voted to change the Constitution and it hadn't been changed yet.

It is so important for you to understand that what you are asking me to do as an African-American is accept what you are going through because you are uncomfortable, not because you are persecuted, not because you are hung in great numbers simply because of your color. I was born black, I am black, and I'm gonna die black. And Michael Jackson couldn't even get out of being black. So you gotta understand when you try to throw those things at me it does not hit. It does not hit at all. As a matter of fact it's kind of disturbing and very upsetting because you talk about love, you talk about wanting that family and everything else and...

--- 28:10 ---

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Someone @8 asked for a transcript. Here's the first 2 minutes. It was all I could take:

--- 26:12 ---

I'm Pastor Ken Hutcherson of Antioch Bible Church. I've been a pastor for quite some time. I've been black for a lot longer than that. I was born and raised in Alabama, where blacks and whites didn't get along very well, and I tried to be one of the main reasons they didn't. I was extremely discriminatory towards whites. The only reason I played football was so I could hurt white people legally.

The problem is that you guys keep throwing up to us that this is a civil rights issue. There's nothing civil rights about this. Nothing. It is not protected by the Constitution. And you are throwing up in front of us over and over again that you should not allow the people to vote for this because it is just not right for a civil rights issue. Well you're trying to make it a civil rights issue, but it isn't. It's not protected by the Constitution. And the reason why the civil rights for me was taken to Congress and not the people was because it was protected by the Constitution. So the people did not have the right to go against the Constitution unless the people voted to change the Constitution and it hadn't been changed yet.

It is so important for you to understand that what you are asking me to do as an African-American is accept what you are going through because you are uncomfortable, not because you are persecuted, not because you are hung in great numbers simply because of your color. I was born black, I am black, and I'm gonna die black. And Michael Jackson couldn't even get out of being black. So you gotta understand when you try to throw those things at me it does not hit. It does not hit at all. As a matter of fact it's kind of disturbing and very upsetting because you talk about love, you talk about wanting that family and everything else and...

--- 28:10 ---
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Rev. Hutcherson: I've considered praying my left-handedness away - which at times is an awkward inconvenience, sometimes fatal. I've never considered trying to pray my gay away, because like hoping for a higher IQ or wanting blue eyes, it ain't in the cards no matter how much time I spend on my knees. You need to spend more time on your knees praying for common sense and charity and the ability to love thy neighbor as thy crazy self. Years from now, Jamie's kids'll watch this video and wonder how they missed this zany episode of "All in the Family" - with a black man playing Archie Bunker, a script written by George Wallace and Tony Perkins and Callista Gingrich playing Edith Bunker.
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The part that leapt out of the nonsense soup at me was his suggestion that "what you are asking me to do as an African-American is accept what you are going through because you are uncomfortable." Um, actually no. You (and the rest of empty-head America) are being asked to stop restricting the legal rights of others because of YOUR personal discomfort with gay sex.
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I managed to get all the way through it, and the problem with the idea of a transcript is that, by the end, Hutcherson is unintelligible in addition to being sickeningly bigoted. Nonetheless, the best I could manage:

I am Pastor Ken Hutcherson of Antioch Bible Church; I've been a pastor for quite some time—been black for a lot longer than that. I was born and raised in Alabama, where blacks and whites didn't get along very well, and I tried to be one of the main reasons they didn't. I was extremely discriminatory toward whites. The only reason I played football, so I could hurt white people legally.

The problem is that you guys keep throwing up to us that this is a civil rights issue. There's nothing civil rights about this. Nothing. It is not protected by the Constitution. And you're throwing up in front of us over and over again that you should not allow the people to vote for this because it's just not right for a civil rights issue. Well, you're trying to make it a civil rights issue, but it isn't. It's not protected by the Constitution. The reason why the civil rights for me was taken to the Congress and not the people was because it was protected by the Constitution. So the people did not have a right to go against the Constitution unless the people voted to change the Constitution.

And it hasn't been changed yet.

It is so important for you to understand that what you are asking me to do as an African-American, is accept what you're going through because you're uncomfortable. Not because you're persecuted. Not because you're hung in great numbers simply because of your color. I was born black. I am black. Gonna die black. And even Michael Jackson couldn't get out of being black. So you gotta understand when you try to throw those things at me it does not hit. Does not hit at all. As a matter of fact, it's kind of disturbing and very upsetting.

Upsetting because, you know, you talk about love, you talk about wanting that family and everything else, and you talk about the children. You know what? I got half-black kids. They're worse than all-black kids, 'cause they're discriminated against just as much. And you have passed laws that make sure if there's any black in any kid, they're considered African American even though I got married to the whitest white woman in the world.

So let's do what's right for kids. I would never bring my kids into a situation—if I love my kids—how you have berated your kids in front for emotional response—and Representative Pedersen, you are the worst. You brought four kids in here, and they was devastated. Hopefully they was devastated because they was in here, and not because they act that way all the time. But yet still it isn't about the children. It isn't about marriage. It is about you. And it is about you wanting your way, and you'll use whatever and whoever you can to get it.

So I think this board should be absolutely ashamed of how you're allowing kids to be used for an adult reason.

Thank you very much.
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@39 - Thanks!

I wondered for a second if, when he said "for an adult reason", that was some kind of subtle implication that gay marriage=gay sex=pedophilia, but then I remembered he's not that clever and is only barely stringing words together as it is. Innuendo is beyond his powers.
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Same-sex marriage will become legal in the not too distant future. Do not demonize the opposition.

Sen. Ed Murray was right about not hating. What the pastor needs is love. There is quite a bit of self-loathing in his speech. He obviously grew up in a very brutal environment and that has helped define who he is.

Although he is the spokesperson for SFM, do not become too focused on him. He is his own worst debating partner. Based on voting results from R-71, the real opposition comes from the more rural parts of the state, so talk to your neighbors outside the city. Real opposition also comes from national anti-equality organizations such the National Organization for Marriage. They are well funded and are a lot more media savy.