Paul  Weyrich

The Reverend Kenneth L. Hutcherson is an impressive fellow. He has a deep commanding voice. He is Pastor of the Antioch Bible Church, Kirkland, Washington, and also runs a ministry called "Mayday for Marriage." Like many pastors he is concerned with the way things are going in the country. He especially is bothered by corporate sponsorship of pornography and of homosexual lifestyles. Most people, he contends, are unaware of these corporate activities.

It is true that numerous corporate foundations support leftwing causes. There has been a systematic effort on the part of the far left to control foundations. For a long time the foundations have been donating to extreme environmental causes as well as leftwing ideological groups, which, among other views, oppose a strong national defense. Some of the foundations financed by large corporations have been funding Planned Parenthood and a host of other groups which support radical lifestyles. More recently, foundations on the left have been contributing to People for the American Way and other groups which oppose the proposed Federal Marriage Amendment, marriage legislation and referenda in various States. Some of the corporations also have begun to advertise in homosexual publications.

Ford Motor Company activity regarding advertising in homosexual publications has so upset the Reverend Don Wildmon of the American Family Association that he has called for a nationwide boycott. Hutcherson admires what Wildmon may be able to do but points out that Wildmon has millions of names on his mailing list. Wildmon also controls perhaps two hundred radio stations, mainly in the South and Southwest. Moreover, he has been able to persuade some twenty organizations to join him in the effort.

Hutcherson is less known than Wildmon. He operates a small ministry. While he admires what Wildmon has been able to do, he realizes that it takes someone of like stature with a national organization to influence large corporations. Therefore, he has sought a different approach. For example, he does not like what Microsoft does with its money. Yet Hutcherson believes that a boycott of Microsoft would be impossible. Microsoft controls 85% + in any given market. He says to ask Christians as individuals and even as ministries to cease using Microsoft computers, software, screens, hardware and other products would be costly to the individuals and ministries while having almost no effect on Microsoft.

Paul Weyrich

Paul M. Weyrich is the late Chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Research and Education Foundation.
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