Hey, Orson Scott Card, you didn't just disagree—you vowed to overthrow pro-gay government!!!!
National Organization For Marriage board member Orson Scott Card has responded to the planned boycott of the movie version of his book, Ender's Game. In a statement to Entertainment Weekly, Card writes:
Ender’s Game is set more than a century in the future and has nothing to do with political issues that did not exist when the book was written in 1984.
With the recent Supreme Court ruling, the gay marriage issue becomes moot. The Full Faith and Credit clause of the Constitution will, sooner or later, give legal force in every state to any marriage contract recognized by any other state.
Now it will be interesting to see whether the victorious proponents of gay marriage will show tolerance toward those who disagreed with them when the issue was still in dispute.
FULL REPORT: Ender's Game' author Orson Scott Card responds to critics: The gay marriage issue is 'moot' -- EXCLUSIVE [Entertainment Weekly]
On one hand, it's interesting that he admits marriage equality is inevitable. NOM can't be happy about that. But he's right, and I'm thrilled to hear him say it.
However, I will not let Mr. Card get away with saying he merely disagreed with us on marriage. Let me remind you of what Orson Scott Card actually said about marriage equality and what he will do if it comes to the United States:
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.
FULL PIECE: State job is not to redefine marriage [Mormon Times (archived)]
This is not a minor vow. This piece, which he wrote during the heat of the 2008 Prop 8 battle, quite literally encourages supporters to "bring down" a pro-equality government. That is not mere disagreement—it is incitement.
If I made a similar vow, NOM would never let me forget it. We would never hear the end of it. "Militant gay blogger vows to overthrow religious freedom!" would scream the conservative headlines. And if I made such a crazy vow, I couldn't even really fault them for going after me. Orson Scott Card's stated plan is one of the most over-the-top admissions I have ever seen from the NOM crowd. This kind of flame-fanning deserves great denouncement.
And it will continue to receive its deserved denouncement. Orson Scott Card is trying to back away from his past now because he hopes to make a crap ton of money off of American moviegoers, surely envisioning a massive cash flow stemming from years of sequels. Personally, I'm not going to help him fill his bank account. This man already let me know where his mind is geared, and he showed me what his fantasy world would mean for me and my family. I don't care to know or support any artistic vision that stems from this same place.
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