Quote of the day

"We are shut up in schools and college recitation rooms for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bellyful of words and do not know a thing. "

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, February 22, 2008

"God hates effeminate men."

Articles of Faith: Getting men involved in church doesn't require gay bashing



But Hutcherson goes beyond reasonable, at least to judge by the report of Seattle psychologist Valerie Tarico. Tarico, a former staffer at Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, was raised in a fundamentalist church. In recent months, she has made it her business to attend services at many of the large, conservative churches in the Seattle area, including Hutcherson's, to see what's going on.

On a Sunday when Tarico was present, Hutcherson was preaching on gender roles. During his sermon, Hutcherson stated, "God hates soft men" and "God hates effeminate men." Hutcherson went on to say, "If I was in a drugstore and some guy opened the door for me, I'd rip his arm off and beat him with the wet end."

"That was a joke," Hutcherson said Friday, when I asked him about the comment. But it's not really funny, is it?

What it sounds like are the kind of words that have paved the way for atrocities in such places as Serbia, Kosovo and Rwanda. You have to dehumanize somebody before you beat them up. Labeling some men as "soft" and "effeminate" and saying "God hates them" does that.


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Anonymous said...

This preaching is really sick and kind of scary. Jesus is about love not hate. I find Mr Hutcherson troubling and anyone that goes to his church and supports him and his hate rhetoric as sick too.

I wonder what sort of dysfunction he was exposed to that would cause him to say such disgusting things.

Further proof that inviting him to speak at Mt Si High School was entirely inappropriate. If he did in fact say such things I think he just proved that Kit McCormick did the right thing standing up to him.

Anonymous said...

This is what opens the door for what happened to the boy in Oxnard. This kind of talk. Hutch may be just joking but not everyone will hear it that way and then we have the very safety issues that everyone is concerned about.

Anonymous said...

Here's a great example of two Pastors with completely different Biblical perspectives.

Rev. Tony Robinson, the author of this article is a graduate of Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. He holds an M.A. in European Cultural and Intellectual History from the University of Oregon, and a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York. He has done post-graduate studies at Harvard Divinity School as a recipient of a Merill Fellowship. He has led 4 congregations in his ministry, (including Carnation) and now is the president of the Columbia Leadership Network.

The pastor he is speaking of created his own church and lists on his website that his education included "Intensive Bible Study under Howard Hendricks, Pro Athletes Outreach 1974-1978".

Hmmm. Which person will I choose as a spiritual leader?

Cindy Sattler

Anonymous said...

Hutch continues to prove to his critics that he is not credible, yet there are people who still stand in his corner? What is wrong with you? Please, I really want to know how anyone could consider this man a religious leader when he speaks such outrageous, dangerous hatred. Who could possibly consider him the victim here?