NC conservative Orson Scott Card in the news

As you may have heard, Orson Scott Card is in the news. His book "Ender's Game" has been turned into a movie and will be coming out soon.

The producer's were concerned about Card's rabid anti-gay statements in the past harming box office for the film. In the run-up to the movie, DC hired Scott to write a story for an online comic, bring out petitions and controversy, resulting in the artist assigned to illustrate the comic to resign from the project. Salon helpfully has a round-up of Card's statements and misinformation about homosexuality. A few highlights:

1990: Card argued that states should keep sodomy laws on the books in order to punish unruly gays–presumably implying that the fear of breaking the law ought to keep most gay men in the closet where they belonged.

2004: He claimed that most homosexuals are the self-loathing victims of child abuse, who became gay “through a disturbing seduction or rape or molestation or abuse.”

2008: In 2008, Card published his most controversial anti-gay screed yet, in the Mormon Times, where he argued that gay marriage “marks the end of democracy in America,” that homosexuality was a “tragic genetic mixup,” and that allowing courts to redefine marriage was a slippery slope towards total homosexual political rule and the classifying of anyone who disagreed as “mentally ill”...

Scott has appeared in an interview saying his views are "moot" in light of the recent Supreme Court decision and boycotting the film would be a kind of religious discrimination against his views. Wired called Scott's call for tolerance "ironic".

Card was a strong supporter of North Carolina's Amendment One. He remains on the board of the hate group the National Organization for Marriage. It's unknown how much he donated to groups supporting Amendment One or how much of the profits from the "Ender's Game" film would wind up in the coffers of NOM or other groups spreading hate speech about gays or working to keep or make gay marriage illegal in different states.

No, legalizing gay marriage is not about making it possible for gay people to become couples.

It's about giving the left the power to force anti-religious values on our children. Once they legalize gay marriage, it will be the bludgeon they use to make sure that it becomes illegal to teach traditional values in the schools.

Our children will be barraged with the deceptions of the left. Parents will be forbidden to remove their children from the propaganda.

Any child with any gender or sexual confusion will be pushed inexorably away from the decision to establish a traditional family. They'll be told, again and again, that any sign of effeminacy or gender confusion or same-sex attraction is an irrevocable, lifelong compulsion and they might as well shape their lives accordingly.

The left is at war with the family, and they want control of our children's education. That's what those signs on the lawns are about.

I'm not making this up – it's already happening wherever the left has complete control of education. Parents in those places are already forbidden to opt out of sexual and gender propaganda.

The Rhino Times, the Greensboro rag that was a source libertarian, Tea Bagger and antigay rhetoric for so long in the area, and the primary outlet for Card's anti-liberal missives over the years, announced in May that it's shutting down because of a lack of advertising revenue.

Reaction to an Ender's Game boycott has gotten mixed reactions from geeks - Boing Boing recently published posts for and against the boycott.

Comments

Before I knew this about Card

I had read and enjoyed several of his novels, but knowing that the mind that produced those good novels is the same mind that spouts such hateful, theocratic-tinged bullshit just taints the entire experience for me. I will not be reading any more of Card's work, nor will I or anyone in my household be seeing this film. To those who simply must see it, I have only two words: Pirate Bay.

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"...the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be."

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What a Card!

The Salon piece is worth a read - it also includes a section on how Card has dealt with homosexual themes in his fiction work. This one really stands out.

Songmaster. Songmaster was Card’s attempt to show that he could write fairly about gay people—more specifically, gay men, since his writing seems to pay little attention to lesbians. However, Card’s well-meaning (sort of) attempt at depicting homosexual love is muddied by the creepy overtones. The main gay love story features a young man who was groomed to be mostly homosexual in a pederasty-based society similar to Ancient Greece. He falls in love with a 15-year-old castrati.

To make things worse, the 15-year-old has the body of a10-year-old. To make things even worse, when they finally have sex, the 15-year-old in a 10-year-old’s body loses his virginity, only to nearly die because of a plot point that leaves him unable to have sex ever again. Card addressed Songmaster in his 1990 essay, and described the relationship as a “mutually self-destructive path”:

"What the novel offers is a treatment of characters who share, between them, a forbidden act that took place because of hunger on one side, compassion on the other, and genuine love and friendship on both parts. I was not trying to show that homosexuality was “beautiful” or “natural”—in fact, sex of any kind is likely to be “beautiful” only to the participants, and it is hard to make a case for the naturalness of such an obviously counter-evolutionary trend as same-sex mating."

So basically, Card wrote a novel whose main plot point involves punishing homosexual sex, in the guise of identifying with mostly gay men. Did we mention the older lover was also in a straight relationship? With a kid? Once again, reproduction trumps all.

This man sounds a little obsessed. In a very creepy kind of way.

I remember reading Hammer and Card's constant claptrap about gays and liberals all through the 1990s in the "Rhino Times" when I lived near the Greensboro area. Back then, I looked at them as rather annoying eccentrics with a soapbox. Frankly, I didn't care.

Now, with Card on the board of the National Organization for Marriage and the more I've learned about his political statements, I just wouldn't feel comfortable buying any ticket or novel where he might use the royalties to spread damaging fiction - not science.

Orson Scott Card's movie at Comic Con

A panel at San Diego's Comic Con turned awkward for the director and cast of the movie. They tried to distance themselves from Card personally during the panel and avoid questions about the author's controversial views. The film opens November 1st.