Thursday, July 18, 2013

Can the media stop pretending that Orson Scott Card isn't all that bad and simply opposes marriage equality?

Orson Scott Card
The Miami Herald is running an AP puff piece on Ender's Game. It is also running in Steve Rothaus' Gay South Florida column. Therein:
... comments made by author Orson Scott Card regarding gay marriage are leading to questions about the issue as they promote the science fiction film.

Card has expressed opposition to gay marriage in the past and that has led some to call for a boycott.
Clearly the studio's PR flacks are working overtime to promote the film. At the same time, they are trying to diminish the damage done by Card. Irrespective of our disapproval, they simply are not telling the truth about Card. It's a lie of omission:

Were this just about Cards views on "gay marriage" this controversy probably would not exist. Orson Scott Card is, by any reasonable definition, a bigot. Just a small portion of his GLAAD project page:

Suggests married heterosexuals should work to overthrow a government that has marriage equality: "If America becomes a place where our children are taken from us by law and forced to attend schools where they are taught that cohabitation is as good as marriage, that motherhood doesn't require a husband or father, and that homosexuality is as valid a choice as heterosexuality for their future lives, then why in the world should married people continue to accept the authority of such a government? What these dictator-judges do not seem to understand is that their authority extends only as far as people choose to obey them. 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."
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