|ORSON SCOTT CARD WANTS YOU TO KNOW|
Two weeks ago, I did a post on Orson Scott Card and genocide. I promised a second post in the next Cultural Monday. Well, it is the next one, and here is the post.
If I am nothing else, I am a man of my word.
Meanwhile, just to rehash, Orson Scott Card, the author of Ender's game, is now noted for being a homophobic, genocidal, sexist, right wing reactionary with an insane (or merely racist) hatred of Barack Obama.
Now a lot of people don't much like the President, but few have gone so far as to write an essay which predicts a future where President Obama has turned into a Hitler-like dictator who uses street gangs to pacify the citizenry before placing his wife Michelle on the throne of the United States. Card went on to write: "Obama is, by character and preference, a dictator," Card wrote before comparing the President of the United States to Adolf Hitler.
Where will he get his "national police"? The NaPo will be recruited from "young out-of-work urban men" and it will be hailed as a cure for the economic malaise of the inner cities.
In other words, Obama will put a thin veneer of training and military structure on urban gangs, and send them out to channel their violence against Obama's enemies.
Instead of doing drive-by shootings in their own neighborhoods, these young thugs will do beatings and murders of people "trying to escape" -- people who all seem to be leaders and members of groups that oppose Obama.
Okay, I am not an Obamaite, but please...
His hatred of gays has only recently become a big deal with absurd comments he made about gay marriage, but his views go much further and are not new. Card has argued that homosexuality itself should be a crime.
He wrote back in 1990,
"Laws against homosexual behavior should remain on the books," and that while not every gay person should be incarcerated, the law must "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 within that society."
His goal, he wrote, was to use the law to discourage people from being gay and drive openly gay people underground and out of view.
"The goal is to discourage people from engaging in homosexual practices in the first place, and, when they nevertheless proceed in their homosexual behavior, to encourage them to do so discreetly..."
Card’s status as a board member of the National Organization for Marriage, one of the largest and most well funded anti-gay activist groups in America, which works to prevent not only marriage equality but also civil union legislation and to legally prevent LGBTQ couples from adopting, is for many, including this writer, a different beast than mere personally held conservative views that might enter the subtext of a story or be voiced, when asked, by a writer or artist. Card has publicly expressed his views on gay marriage as worth overthrowing the government for, linked homosexuality with pedophilia, argued that marriage equality will lead to a world where parents who encourage their kids to date members of the opposite sex will be accused of hate speech, and has stated that he would prefer laws that criminalize consensual homosexual sex to stand and be enforced as a “message.” His presence on the board of NOM gives him more power to actually effect his opinions on others than your average celebrity with socially conservative political leanings.
I could go on and on, but Card really isn't worth the trouble.
The following is from Salon.