Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Until a few years ago, I’d never even heard of Orson Scott Card. I’m not a science fiction reader, so I’d never read his many books, some of which my friends tell me are quite food if you like that genre. But after watching him make a complete fool of himself over the last few years with his ignorant ravings on evolution and homosexuality, I find him to be one of the most contemptible writers I’ve ever come across.

You really must see the absolutely unhinged claims he makes about gay marriage in an article in the Mormon Times, wherein he calls for outright revolution if the government allows gays to get married.

Like this:

Marriage, to be worth preserving, needs to mean not just something, but everything.

Faithful sexual monogamy, persistence until death, male protection and providence for wife and children, female loyalty to children and husband, and parental discretion in child-rearing.

If government is going to meddle in this, it had better be to support marriage in general while providing protection for those caught in truly destructive marriages.

Because when government is the enemy of marriage, then the people who are actually creating successful marriages have no choice but to change governments, by whatever means is made possible or necessary.

And this:

Why should married people feel the slightest loyalty to a government or society that are conspiring to encourage reproductive and/or marital dysfunction in their children?

Why should married people tolerate the interference of such a government or society in their family life?

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.

Biological imperatives trump laws. American government cannot fight against marriage and hope to endure. If the Constitution is defined in such a way as to destroy the privileged position of marriage, it is that insane Constitution, not marriage, that will die.

The guy is a serious nutcase.

Comments

  1. #1 Ray Ingles
    May 4, 2009

    He’s been whacko on the subject for longer than that. He wrote before,

    “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.”

    Except that he can’t give anything but a religious justification for homosexuality being ‘wrong’. I’ve got no problem with members of his religion excommunicating people they consider to be violating their laws. I do have a problem – a very large one – with them trying to impose their standard of behavior on others who don’t share their beliefs or accept the authority of their ‘prophets’. At least, without evidence.

  2. #2 Skemono
    May 5, 2009

    Incidentally, if anyone was curious, here are the three studies that HiveMind was bleating about:
    “Sex differences in type of extramarital involvement and marital dissatisfaction”, Glass and Wright, Sex Roles, May 1985
    http://www.springerlink.com/content/w842421446614n40/

    “Extradyadic romantic involvement: Moderating effects of sociosexuality and gender”, Seal, Agostinelli, and Hannett, Sex Roles, July 1994
    http://www.springerlink.com/content/vl7k2177jg3t4181/

    “Emotional and Sexual Components of Extramarital Relations”, Thompson, Journal of Marriage and the Family, February 1984
    http://www.jstor.org/stable/351861

    As you can tell just from the titles, they have fuck-all to do with how gay couples do as parents.

  3. #3 Skemono
    May 5, 2009

    Incidentally, if anyone was curious, here are the three studies that HiveMind was bleating about:
    “Sex differences in type of extramarital involvement and marital dissatisfaction”, Glass and Wright, Sex Roles, May 1985
    http://www.springerlink.com/content/w842421446614n40/

    “Extradyadic romantic involvement: Moderating effects of sociosexuality and gender”, Seal, Agostinelli, and Hannett, Sex Roles, July 1994
    http://www.springerlink.com/content/vl7k2177jg3t4181/

    “Emotional and Sexual Components of Extramarital Relations”, Thompson, Journal of Marriage and the Family, February 1984
    http://www.jstor.org/stable/351861

    As you can tell just from the titles, they have fuck-all to do with how gay couples do as parents.

  4. #4 Steve Morrison
    May 6, 2009

    The original short story version of Ender’s Game can be read at Card’s site:

    http://www.hatrack.com/osc/stories/enders-game.shtml

    It’s worth noting that some of the elements which supposedly make the novel a whitewash of Hitler, such as Ender being a third-born child, were not even present in the original story.

    And speaking of Godwin’s law — how many of you know who had just been called a Nazi when Mike Godwin first announced his “rule of Nazi analogies”? If you can’t guess (you get one guess each) the following links will make it all clear:

    http://groups.google.com/group/rec.arts.sf-lovers/msg/7afa15913665b830
    http://groups.google.com/group/rec.arts.sf-lovers/msg/c34450070b515991
    http://groups.google.com/group/rec.arts.sf-lovers/msg/84426456ad1724f2

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