Do you know who I am talking about? Do you consider yourself a nerd? I’m betting that a lot of people who consider themselves nerds also know of Orson Scott Card (hereafter called OSC) because of his book Ender’s Game. Ender’s Game is a good book after all, and certainly a good reason to know of…
I need to rebut this. Partially because this is an author I adore and mostly because I am in total support of gay marriage and the person that wrote this is being ignorant. Also because I’ve had a good bit of wine and I’m feeling talkative.
First off, if you haven’t read his complete writings, you cannot judge the entirety of his thought process as you have already done. Have you read the “Speaker of the Dead” series? Or the “Ender’s Shadow” series? Or the entirety of “Ender’s Game” for that matter? Most of the time, these characters take on adult personas because they have to, because this is a world at war and these kids are leading the fight. It’s an idea of the hypothetical world of tomorrow, not a statement of character. You cannot look at Orson Scott Card’s writing and say that he is arrogant because nothing in his writings even begins to allude that he is anything but humbled by the entire world. Politics works in the concept of the rich leading the poor in America, he turned it into the smart leading the rich of the whole world and that is something that has been done by all kinds of writers out there. I am a smart woman, and when I write characters with above-average intelligence, they are usually aware of it and I am not an immodest person. I am the first person in the world that would admit that I have a high iq but I do not know anything. The same could possibly be said about him.
Now, Orson Scott Card is by far my favorite writer. He has written two books on the subject of creative writing and is a professor at a college I cannot recall. He argues with other writers, of course, because everyone writes differently. Every writer will argue. That does not make him a bad person, that does not make him an arrogant person. Most of the things he’s said about other works of literature, I’d probably agree with. That does not mean I support his political views; these are views that he is entitled to have regardless of what anyone thinks. I did not boycott the movie release. What I would consider worthy of a boycott would be if he used his books to portray his anti-homosexual stance, or used the proceeds to fund anti-gay groups. The most homophobic thing he probably does with his money is give dues to his church. His church may not be what I believe, his God may not be what I believe, but he does not come off in his books as overtly Christian in any sense of the matter. He writes of Caliphs and Indian goddesses, he writes of the Chinese mandate of heaven. The main characters, yes, they pray to the Christian God, but they do not pray for an end to homosexuality, they pray for an end to the war that rages on in the pages, they pray to protect their families.
How dare you call this man arrogant. How dare you say that he is incapable of growth because he has different ideals than you have. Albeit, I don’t support his ideals at all, I don’t believe in God, and he would probably tell me that I am going to hell but I don’t mind. He is entitled to his beliefs and so are you. The idea that this man is a lesser person than you are because he doesn’t believe in the same things is just juvenile and wrong. The day we start persecuting the people that do not believe in gay marriage, we become more and more like the people that are persecuting the gays. They can be on the wrong side of history all day but you are not one to judge their moral or intellectual character because of it.