Sunday :: May 3, 2009

The Sick Homophobic Bigotry Of Orson Scott Card


by Turkana

Celebrated science fiction writer Orson Scott Card has a legion of devoted fans, and I've never understood it. I read his award-winning Ender's Game and thought it obvious and dull. A kid with a special talent at video games is recruited by a military, and the supposedly simulated war games they have him play turn out to have been real. He won. An entire race of bad guys died. He is traumatized. The soporific prose, repetitive plot, and wholly unmemorable characters make for an unfortunately memorable reading experience. If you've read this paragraph, you can save yourself the time and trouble of reading the book. Some fans have told me the next two books in Card's famous trilogy are better reads. I long ago decided to take them at their word and save myself the time and trouble of finding out for myself. Life is short.

It gets worse. A lot worse. In the words of Dr. Slammy:

Until today, however, I thought Card was merely a badly overrated writer. Now, though, we’ve learned that he favors criminalizing homosexuality and overthrowing any government that tolerates teh faggots.

Seriously. Slammy links to People For the American Way, who quote Card:

Laws against homosexual behavior should remain on the books…to be used when necessary to send a clear message that those who flagrantly violate society's regulation of sexual behavior cannot be permitted to remain as acceptable, equal citizens.

It gets worse. Seriously.

How long before married people answer the dictators thus: Regardless of law, marriage has only one definition, and any government that attempts to change it is my mortal enemy. I will act to destroy that government and bring it down, so it can be replaced with a government that will respect and support marriage, and help me raise my children in a society where they will expect to marry in their turn.

Biological imperatives trump laws. American government cannot fight against marriage and hope to endure. If the Constitution is defined in such a way as to destroy the privileged position of marriage, it is that insane Constitution, not marriage, that will die.

Card represents the Mormon church on the board of the National Organization for Marriage. Card's words speak for Card. But does he speak for the Mormon church and the National Organization for Marriage? Unless we hear otherwise, we can assume that he does.

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