Don't ask, don't tell -- and don't drink Hutch's Snapple

The New York Times follows up on The Stranger's story about the Rev. Ken Hutcherson, the pastor who believes his pressure made Microsoft back away from its support of a gay-rights bill before Washington's legislature. Times writer Sarah Kershaw sees dangerous Deeper Meanings in Hutcherson's outlandish method to keep people the hell away from his bottles of Snapple:

If there is any question about Dr. Hutcherson's intolerance of dissent or disobedience -- one that is infused with a stinging sense of humor -- it could be answered quickly by a glance at the mini-refrigerator in his office. Next to his chair, which is submerged under a lavish white sheepskin cover, a sign on the fridge says, "Warning: I have licked the tops of all my Snapples -- Hutch. * And I have tested positive for anthrax."

Hutcherson has a novel way of dealing with church members who apparently think adultery is no big deal:

Dr. Hutcherson is known for publicly chastising and excommunicating members if he finds out they are sinning, calling adulterers, for example, up to the pulpit and demanding they repent, congregants said.

"And if they don't want to repent of it, he'll let them know that this is not the church for you," said John Stachofsky, 42, a longtime friend of Dr. Hutcherson and a member of the church who goes bird and deer hunting with him.

And Kershaw delivers some damning advice from Hutcherson on how gay people can best cope in America:

"I even get upset when people say, 'Well, you got to understand what they go through.' Not when they've chosen to do what they do. They can stop choosing what to do what they do, and they can hide it anytime they want. They can hide their homosexuality. Could I take a 'don't ask don't tell' policy as an African-American? I could try even to pretend I was Puerto Rican, but I'm still going to get blasted for my skin color."

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