Geeks OUT has officially launched our Skip Ender's Game campaign, wherein we're bringing to light the often-overlooked bigoted and damaging anti-gay public comments made by Ender's Game author Orson Scott Card. The sci-fi legend is also a producer on this November's big-screen adaptation of his most famous novel, and we're encouraging our friends and allies to sign a pledge NOT to see the film. The man who in 2004 said this
The dark secret of homosexual society -- the one that dares not speak its name -- is how many homosexuals first entered into that world through a disturbing seduction or rape or molestation or abuse, and how many of them yearn to get out of the homosexual community and live normally.
It's that desire for normality, that discontent with perpetual adolescent sexuality, that is at least partly behind this hunger for homosexual "marriage."
is already quite rich enough off of us geeks. He certainly doesn't need my money to continue on as a Board Member for the National Organization for Marriage and I hope he won't get any more of yours.
The first trailer for Gavin Hood's film dropped this week, beginning the official PR push for the would-be blockbuster. Aja Romano at Salon.com has taken that opportunity to do a pretty great run-down of exactly what the man himself has said and done that makes us want to keep our queer dollars as far away from him as possible.
Personally, I think it's a dangerously naive argument to say that a book or a film should stand alone from the political actions of its author. I mean, get real, it's 2013.
Here's a sample from the Salon article:
OSC and the â€śHomosexual Agendaâ€ť
In 2008, Card lamented that he had for so long been labeled a â€śhomophobeâ€ť because of his stated positions on homosexuality. Hereâ€™s a run-down on what he said. Notably, heâ€™s become far more vocal and politically active in the fight against gay marriage in recent years.
1990: Card argued that states should keep sodomy laws on the books in order to punish unruly gaysâ€“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 â€śthrough a disturbing seduction or rape or molestation or abuse.â€ť
2008: In 2008, Card published his most controversial anti-gay screed yet, in the Mormon Times, where he argued that gay marriage â€śmarks the end of democracy in America,â€ť that homosexuality was a â€śtragic genetic mixup,â€ť and that allowing courts to redefine marriage was a slippery slope towards total homosexual political rule and the classifying of anyone who disagreed as â€śmentally ill:â€ť
A term that has mental-health implications (homophobe) is now routinely applied to anyone who deviates from the politically correct line. How long before opposing gay marriage, or refusing to recognize it, gets you officially classified as â€śmentally illâ€ť
Remember how rapidly gay marriage has become a requirement. When gay rights were being enforced by the courts back in the â€™70s and â€™80s, we were repeatedly told by all the proponents of gay rights that they would never attempt to legalize gay marriage.
It took about 15 minutes for that promise to be broken. â€¦
If a court declared that from now on, â€śblindâ€ť and â€śsightedâ€ť would be synonyms, would that mean that it would be safe for blind people to drive cars?
No matter how sexually attracted a man might be toward other men, or a woman toward other women, and no matter how close the bonds of affection and friendship might be within same-sex couples, there is no act of court or Congress that can make these relationships thesame as the coupling between a man and a woman.
This is a permanent fact of nature.
Card went on to advocate for, literally, a straight peopleâ€™s insurrection against a pro-gay government:
[W]hen government is the enemy of marriage, then the people who are actually creating successful marriages have no choice but to change governments, by whatever means is made possible or necessaryâ€¦ 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 downâ€¦.
2009: He joined the board for anti-gay lobby The National Organization for Marriage, which was created to pass Californiaâ€™s notorious Proposition 8, banning gay marriage.
2012: He supported his home state North Carolinaâ€™s constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage by arguing that gay marriage â€świll be the bludgeon [The Left] use to make sure that it becomes illegal to teach traditional values in the schools.â€ť
Thanks Aja, and thanks, Orson! Feel better now about maybe not seeing a movie this fall, geeks? Saving $15 and NOT giving your money to one of our community's most celebrated and vocal enemies is pretty win-win.
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Click through below to the full article at Salon.com and be ready possibly to have to reevaluate your childhood.