Saturday, July 20, 2013

The New York Times Editorial - "The ‘Ender’s Game’ Boycott" - is incomplete

Orson Scott Card
Today, the New York Times wades into the Ender's Game/Orson Scott Card controversy.

The New York Times gets it better than some other outlets but they are far from accurately detailing Card's antipathy for gay people. The Times notes Card's article in the magazine Sunstone wherein he argued for the continued enforcement of so-called sodomy laws. Towards the conclusion of the Times essay, they argue:
If Mr. Card belongs in quarantine, who’s next? His views were fairly mainstream when the Sunstone article appeared and, unfortunately, are not unusual today. Just 10 years ago, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in his inflammatory Lawrence v. Texas dissent that Americans have every right to enforce “the moral opprobrium that has traditionally attached to homosexual conduct” in order to protect themselves “from a lifestyle that they believe to be immoral and destructive.”
I don't know who's next. Whose bigotry will warrant our opprobrium? I would agree that Card's views were somewhat in the mainstream when he wrote them. The problem is that he has done absolutely nothing in the way of apology or contrition. He now claims that he no longer adheres to those views solely because of the Lawrence v. Texas decision. If he could, I suspect that Mr. Card would jump at the chance to outlaw homosexuality. Moreover, he is not the least bit apologetic.

More importantly, as I noted recently, Mr. Card continues to hold some very odious and extreme positions. The Susnstone article does not fairly expose Card's level of bigotry.

Justice Scalia is not a very good comparator. In point of fact I doubt that any of us would purchase one of Justice Scalia's books. The fact that he is a Justice of the Supreme Court does not make his views any less disgraceful. Quite the contrary. Similarly, Mr, Card has a microphone that is louder than the one available to most of us. The Times concludes with:
On a practical level, the Geeks Out project seems misguided. These things have a way of backfiring, as when former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas promoted Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day to counter the Chick-fil-A boycott. Attending a goofy popcorn movie could become a way to express disapproval of gays and lesbians — hardly a happy ending.
I seriously doubt that the Christian right is going to celebrate anything coming out of evil Hollywood. Nevertheless, we must individually make a decision. I, for one, would not do something that could put a dime in Orson Scott Card's Pocket. I wouldn't send Tony Perkins a gift either. Aside from having no desire to contribute to his wealth, Card might very well use the money to promote his anti-gay agenda. Besides, I have an HD TEEvee and a very good sound system. I can wait for the cable broadcast.
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