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02/12/2013

Brian Brown: Orson Scott 'I will bring down government if it supports gay marriage' Card is a victim

by Jeremy Hooper

Orson-Scott-CardOrson Scott Card isn't a mere supporter of "traditional marriage." The National Organization For Marriage board member, who also once wrote a nasty treatment of Hamlet that portrays the king as evil because he was gay, has pointedly declared that "any government that attempts to change [marriage] is my mortal enemy" while stating his intent 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." That's pretty darn clear, I would say. And scary.

Oh, but didn't you hear? Orson Scott Card is just a poor victim. Or so claims reliable "victim"-designator president Brian Brown. In response to AllOut.org's petition for DC Comics to replace Scott Card with a Superman scribe who doesn't vow to destroy gay-supportive governments, the NOM president says the big, bad gays are just being big, bad meanies yet again:

NOM President Brian Brown told Fox News he was simply stunned that gay rights activists are trying to destroy a man’s career.

“This is completely un-American and it needs to be stopped,” Brown said. “Simply because we stand up for traditional marriage, some people feel like it’s okay to target us for intimidation and punishment.”

Brown called the attacks on Card frightening and said it’s another example of gay rights activists trying to punish those who believe marriage should be a union between a man and woman.

“Marriage is the union of a man and a woman,” Brown said. “That is not hateful. That is not bigoted.”

FULL: DC Comics Faces Boycott over Anti-Gay Superman Writer [Fox News Radio]

Um, actually, Brian, most people are far more likely to see a man's public promise to "bring down" a government that supports certain citizens' civil rights as the far more "un-American" act. Protesting against a public person's public words and actions is actually a pretty darn American form of speech/expression. It's how we debate things here in the US of A.

But that's exactly the point. Brown cannot win this on its merits. He knows that Scott Card's actual rhetoric, if field tested, would make NOM look terrible. So what does he do? He rushes to that same fake "victim" routine that NOM thinks it plays like a fiddle but that it really plays like a tuneless stump. It's as tired as it is misplaced; It's duplicitous as it is telling.

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