I'm a fan of science fiction, among other things. Last year, I read Ender's Game for the first time. I loved it, I can't tell you how much I loved it. I hear that there is a movie in the works. I'm usually disappointed by movies based on the books that I love, but I don't care. I wanted to see it anyways.
That's not what was disturbing.
Last week I came across an article about the writer of Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card. DC Comics has asked Card to write for their newest Superman series, Adventures of Superman. Great! Right? No, actually it's not, and a lot of people are pretty upset.
You see, the disturbing thing is that Orson Scott Card is a raging homophobic. Look, opinions are like assholes, everyone has one. I have my opinions, I don't expect everyone else to agree with me. I know I'm right, but that's not the point. Despite my attempts at tolerance, I know that I am incapable of not thinking about this little tidbit of information anytime I think about this great book. The book is now tainted. I probably won't want to go see the movie, I probably won't pick up the book again, I probably won't recommend it to anyone. (Fortunately I didn't actually pay for the book, so I haven't yet supported him financially.)
The dark secret of homosexual society—the one that dares not speak its name—is how many homosexuals first entered into that world through a disturbing seduction or rape or molestation or abuse. (“Homosexual ‘Marriage’ and Civilization”, 2004)Card's views on homosexuality are egregiously distorted.
The argument by the hypocrites of homosexuality that homosexual tendencies are genetically ingrained in some individuals is almost laughably irrelevant. We are all genetically predisposed toward some sin or another; we are all expected to control those genetic predispositions when it is possible. ("The Hypocrites of Homosexuality", 1990)
I am not in the habit of posting about my political or social views, that's not what this blog was intended to be about. Almost everything that I have posted about I have had to keep secret from those in my "real" life. What is ironic is that my life, my inability to "control [my] genetic predispositions" gives credit to Card's views. So, in addition to the cheating and the lying, I also get to enjoy the guilt of epitomizing the man that Card is speaking out against.
In my public life, I am a straight man (bisexual man to a precious few) that fully and whole-heartedly supports such novel ideas of equal rights for everyone, the right for people to marry whomever they want to marry, the right for all boys to gain the benefits of being a Boy Scout, the right of children to grow up in a safe environment free from bullying.
I realize that I am beginning to ramble on, so I will stop now. I just, I guess I want to say that I try to be as open-minded as possible, even to those whose beliefs directly contradict my own. Perhaps I am not as tolerant as I thought.