Orson, shhhh!

January 31, 2008

Seriously, if you had just kept this priceless tidbit to yourself:

“Laws against homosexual behavior should remain on the books, not to be indiscriminately enforced against anyone who happens to be caught violating them, but 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 within that society.”

I could have kept recommending Ender’s Game without a single hesitation, Mr. Card. I think you can keep your teen literature award because you wrote a great book that happens to be much more intelligent than that statement, but darn, you make it awfully hard to argue for you with kookbrain utterances like that.

(I realize that I’m dangerously close to echoing the people who told the Dixie Chicks to shut up and sing after they publicly stated what they believed in. Not sure what to do about that. Other than write it off to, well, the Dixie Chick’s stated a morally defensible view, whereas homophobia is not and neither is wanting to write laws to regulate sexuality.)

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One Response to “Orson, shhhh!”

  1. Bradley Says:

    Oh, I don’t think you’re like those people who attacked the Dixie Chicks at all, really. You’re voicing your disagreement with his point-of-view (which is frankly asinine and prehistoric); those who disagreed with the Dixie Chicks weren’t so restrained– they yelled, burned CDs, made death threats, and organized massive boycotts in an effort to destroy their careers. You’re just saying that you might not be as inclined to recommend his books to others– in fact, you’re not even saying that, really. It’s just hard to promote the work of someone who is such a loathesome individual.


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