Dispatches from the Creation Wars

More Orson Scott Card Nuttiness

I somehow missed this line when I posted about Orson Scott Card’s astonishingly idiotic screed about gay marriage, but Andrew Sullivan noticed it.

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.


First of all, you absolutely have to love the pseudo-macho bluster. The government is his “mortal enemy” and he’ll “act to destroy that government.” No you won’t. You’ll whine and cry and piss and moan and you’ll write more idiotic articles in Mormon rags to call the faithful to battle and that’s all you’ll do. He might as well have said, “Don’t make me mad; you wouldn’t like me when I’m mad.” I’ve got news for you – we don’t like you now.

Second, the reasoning here is absolutely moronic. How in the world does allowing gays to marry affect whether Card’s children “will expect to marry in their turn”? Actually, it makes it even more likely that his children can expect to marry because, as much as this will make Card cringe, one or more of his children just might turn out to be gay. It seems to happen a lot to anti-gay bigots, just ask Phyllis Schlafly, Randall Terry, Alan Keyes and many others.

But regardless, allowing gays to get married has no effect whatsoever on whether other people can or will get married. Card seems to have no critical thinking skills whatsoever.