“Kauft nicht bei Mormon!”

For those of you who enjoy Sci Fi and Fantasy, one of the more prominent names in the field is Orson Scott Card.  His novel Ender’s Game is a classic and he has written a boatload of other tales.  He has managed to do something rare: carve out a living as a writer.  This is, as guys like John C. Wright of Mike Flynn will tell you, no mean feat since both John and Mike have other sources of income beyond the scifi fantasy gigs.  Writing is hard, time-intensive work and writers are particularly vulnerable when pressure groups  and brownshirts organize pogroms and 15 Minute Hates against them.

Card is currently the object of a pogrom from the Gay Legion of Menacing Visigoths for Tolerance.  It turns out  he’s Mormon and really believes the Mormon teaching that homosexual acts are sinful.  For this thoughtcrime the GLMVT activists promoted an online petition demanding his firing from an upcoming Superman comic anthology. DC Comics, to their shame, confirmed that Card’s portion of the project has been shelved indefinitely.  Mind you, Card was not going to be telling some story dealing with gay themes or talking about his views on the matter.  He was fired simply and solely because of his thoughtcrime of believing homosex to be immoral.

I think smashing somebody’s livelihood for the thoughtcrime of disapproving of homosex is–while extremely typical of the behavior of an awful lot of the gay community and very popular with our Manufacturers of Culture–still wrong and should be opposed.  “First they came for the Mormons” and all that.

So: if you care about not living in a country that does not inflict draconian penalties on people for regarding homosex as a sin, please consider  signing this petition asking DC comics not to go along with the brownshirt blacklist:


Oh, and here is a link to Orson Scott Card’s books on Amazon.  Buy some.  Resist!

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  • The True Willl

    Sorry to disagree. But, as usual with “e-petitions”, there is no indication of who this “petition” will be delivered to, how, and when, and what reason we have to believe that it will have any effect on anything. (Plus, the site is soliciting “donations” to do this.)
    Also, there is no indication of how fake “signers’ will be deterred. How would DC know all the people on the list even exist?
    This is an example of what has been called “slacktivism”, offering no reason to expect any real effect beyond making the “signers” feel they have “done something”.

  • Dennis Mahon

    Scott also has an online magazine project called the Intergalactic Medicine Show http://www.intergalacticmedicineshow.com/ that offers subscriptions.

  • Mike

    This the face of the new tolerance. Get ready for it folks, this is only the beginning.

  • Dan’l

    In fairness, Card is more than a Mormon. He is someone who has suggested maintaining and selectively enforcing “sodomy” laws. This is bad law.

    • Mark Shea

      Fine. Then argue with him. But smashing his livelihood is brownshirt tactics.

      • Mike

        No, acknowledging his position would legitimize it in some people’s eyes and that must be avoided at all costs. He is to be unseen, unheard from, unknown. An acknowledgement of the merits of his position must be strictly prohibited lest it pique someone’s curiosity and the entire charade come apart.

      • http://cthulhuvariations.blogspot.com/ David E

        When you outspokenly hold a position the public considers abhorrent and you make your living in entertainment and/or the arts (and some other fields), there are likely to be negative consequences. We’ve seen it with Mel Gibson and his anti-semitic remarks. With the singer Michelle Shocked whose audience walked out on her for anti-gay comments during a show. On what I consider the other side of the coin (in that these are individuals I respect), we’ve seen pastors lose their jobs for rejecting belief in hell. It’s the free market at work.

    • Kristen inDallas

      In complete fairness, all human beings are “more” than (insert religious affiliation here). In additional fairness, he suggested that in the early 90s, when those laws were still on the books, and his argument was that they shouldn’t be enforced in most situations. Since that time, sodomy laws have been widely eliminated, and he has stated that he does not advocate for a return of those laws.
      This is an interesting piece, written by a friend to Card, fellow sci-fi writer, and lesbian, Janis Ian. http://www.janisian.com/forum/showthread.php?7952-Orson-Scott-Card-and-me

      • http://soulsagabooks.blogspot.com/ Brian Niemeier

        “In complete fairness, all human beings are “more” than (insert religious affiliation here).”

        Well said!

  • http://soulsagabooks.blogspot.com/ Brian Niemeier

    What a sad shame. Civic issues aside, DC is throwing away a chance to restore dignity to their once venerated flagship property.
    I can think of few better suited than Card to rehabilitate a character who has been drained of moral authority
    And now, it seems, emptied of joy
    By a succession of handlers who don’t understand him. Hiring a skilled writer who believes in traditional morals could only have helped restore the book’s moral center.

    • http://cthulhuvariations.blogspot.com/ David E

      I’ll stick with the traditional value of fairness over the traditional value of homophobia.