Friday, August 16, 2013


From the New Civil Rights Movement courtesy of someone on facebook:

Card, who used to sit on the board of the National Organization For Marriage, has dreamed up a dystopian crisis that includes what one might call a unique jobs plan.

“Obama is, by character and preference, a dictator,” Card cries, claiming he treats the Constitution “with contempt,” and “already acts as if the Constitution were just for show.”

Card believes that Michelle Obama will be the next president, and Obama will install her by force.


"In other words, Obama will put a thin veneer of training and military structure on urban gangs, and send them out to channel their violence against Obama’s enemies.

Instead of doing drive-by shootings in their own neighborhoods, these young thugs will do beatings and murders of people 'trying to escape' — people who all seem to be leaders and members of groups that oppose Obama."

More here.

Well, I hope this shuts up Orson Scott Card's defenders who characterize the writer's opposition to gay marriage as a religious thing.  I mean, he probably does use his Mormonism to justify his stance against the civil rights of people who have sex in ways he doesn't like.  But the real story is that he's just bat-shit crazy.  And it's a kind of crazy aimed at people he perceives as being different.  You know.  Gay people.  Black people.

Needless to say, the President is NOT considering enlisting black gangs as a sort of neo-SS.  Nor is he considering installing his wife as President after his second term ends. Indeed, such notions are so utterly preposterous that insanity is the only way to explain how a decent sci-fi writer like Card would come to embrace them.  

But Ender's Game is so good!  How could its writer be such an evil and deluded moron?  Well, Van Gogh was crazy.  Phil Spector is crazy and murderous.  And Wagner was an anti-Semite.  Great art can come from some seriously suspect origins.  On the other hand, I don't know if I'll be able to sit through the movie without thinking about Card's f'd up views.  I'm certainly in no hurry to re-read the book.

I guess we'll see how that works out.