Thursday, April 21, 2005

[geek][politics] More on Microsoft's betrayal

Here's the full article at The Stranger - I don't know what else to add other than a.) I agree with the last 2 paragraphs from from the article (additions noted with 'ps' are mine, not The Stranger's):
As for [ps : Washington State Rep. Ed] Murray, he believes the company was faced with a "profound" moral test, which it failed. The backpedaling "sends an incredible message of weakness and shows a lack of moral backbone," he says. "I mean, what is this? Is this the 1930s, and are they Krups?" After meeting with [ps : Ken] Hutcherson [ps : (pastor of Antioch Bible Church in Redmond and professional gay-basher)], Microsoft had to make a choice: Maintain its long-standing, progressive support for civil rights or side with reactionary forces advocating discrimination. The company chose the latter. The gay Microsoft employee who spoke to The Stranger concluded, "Microsoft needs to feel the pain of a bad decision here."
and b.) this feels like a kick in the stomach. As with so many other employees of all the small companies in the Seattle-metro area that do a lot of business with Microsoft, my livelihood depends upon our company maintaining a good relationship with the mothership in Redmond - my boss, while he will probably be sympathetic to my POV, won't want to disturb that relationship. I'm having trouble working up the courage to call Microsoft...

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