Orson Scott Card
Orson Scott Card is an American science fiction author of great renown. His first major novel, Ender's Game, won both the Hugo and Nebula awards in 1986. He is also way more conservative than many readers think he would be from his fiction.
 Political views
Card is a conservative
Republican DINO Democrat and a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and its influence repeatedly shows up in his writing as complex religious metaphors and bizarre alien sex scenes.
He wrote an editorial column called World Watch for the conservative newspaper Rhinoceros Times before it went bankrupt. His essays are also published on his website The Ornery American.
“”For all anyone knows, the supposed Intelligent Designers might be an alien species of mortal, ungodlike beings.
“”Just because the Darwinian model seems to be inadequate at the molecular level does not imply in any way that the only other explanation is purposive causation.
“”Real science does not—and never can—prove or even support [Intelligent Design].
 Secular humanism
Back in the late 1980s/early 1990s, Orson Scott Card was known to give a speech called the Secular Humanist Revival Meeting, stauchly in favor of secular humanism. His stance may have changed in the wake of 9/11, though.
If the fact that the plot of Ender's Game involves the annihilation of an insectoid race called the Buggers didn't tip you off, Card really, really doesn't like gay people. In fact, he's out of the closet about it, having voiced his opposition to same-sex marriage in a 2004 essay, "Homosexual 'Marriage' and Civilization," which is over five thousand words long and features this slice of batshit:
“”Now, there is a myth that homosexuals are "born that way," and we are pounded with this idea so thoroughly that many people think that somebody, somewhere, must have proved it.
In fact what evidence there is suggests that if there is a genetic component to homosexuality, an entire range of environmental influences are also involved. While there is no scientific research whatsoever that indicates that there is no such thing as a borderline child who could go either way.
Those who claim that there is "no danger" and that homosexuals are born, not made, are simply stating their faith.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, and how many of them yearn to get out of the homosexual community and live normally.
In 2008, Card wrote another essay on same-sex marriage for the Mormon Times, in which he suggested that, if gays and lesbians were to be granted the right to marry in the United States, it would be justification for Americans to rise up and overthrow their government:
“”Because when government is the enemy of marriage, then the people who are actually creating successful marriages have no choice but to change governments, by whatever means is made possible or necessary.
Now, after reading that sentence, you're probably thinking, "He can't possibly be advocating armed insurrection over gay marriage!" Think again:
“”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.
But it isn't just same-sex marriage he wants to see illegal. He wants sodomy laws kept on the books. Because, according to an essay he wrote in 1990, treating gay people as second-class citizens will force them back into the closet, where we can all pretend they don't exist:
“” This applies also to the polity, the citizens at large. Laws against homosexual behavior should remain on the books, not to be indiscriminately enforced against anyone who happens to be caught violating them, but to be used when necessary to send a clear message that those who flagrantly violate society's regulation of sexual behavior cannot be permitted to remain as acceptable, equal citizens within that society. The goal of the polity is not to put homosexuals in jail. The goal is to discourage people from engaging in homosexual practices in the first place, and, when they nevertheless proceed in their homosexual behavior, to encourage them to do so discreetly, so as not to shake the confidence of the community in the polity's ability to provide rules for safe, stable, dependable marriage and family relationships.
Ironically, criminalizing "homosexual behavior" to encourage "discretion" is a recipe for AIDS, not "safe, stable, dependable marriage and family relationships."
In 2013, Card's involvement in writing a new story for Superman comic books led to artist Chris Sprouse quitting the project due to Card's homophobia.
Card was also a member of the board of directors for the National Organization for Marriage political action committee from 2009 to 2013, leaving just a few months before the film version of Ender's Game was to be released. A few weeks prior to his stepping down, he released a statement saying the film had nothing to do with gay marriage in response to a call to boycott the film by gay rights activists.
 Election 2012
Card was one of the many right-wing writers to undergo meltdown in the wake of Barack Obama's re-election as President in the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election. In a November 8 column on his blog, he congratulated the "newspeople at CBS, CNN, ABC, NBC" and "journalists at the New York Times, the Washington Post, at newspapers all over America" on their win before launching into the standard wingnut version of events about the terrorist attack in Benghazi; falling afoul of Godwin's Law by invoking the spirit of Joseph Goebbels; defending Kenneth Starr; calling for Obama's impeachment; alleging that Iran will nuke Israel; and generally running the gamut of wingnuttery.
 Post-election strangeness
In May 2013, Card asserted in a Rhinoceros Times
screed essay that Obama was a dictator who would eventually make his wife his chosen successor and also create a private political army staffed by inner-city gang members.
 Notable works of fiction
Political leanings aside, Card is really an incredibly good writer and his stuff is well worth reading. It sometimes shocks his readers that he can write characters whose opinions differ so radically from his own without them being strawmen or at least cardboard cutouts.
 Ender's Game
Ender's Game describes a young boy who is chosen by a new age government to go to a military academy in outer space to train to fight aliens. It contains many compelling subplots including a virtual reality fantasy game and pwnage of internet forums by his slightly older siblings. Amazingly, the book was written in 1985 before the World Wide Web or World of Warcraft! Unlike the rest of the series which is bogged down by religious allegory and plodding accounts of OCD, Ender's Game is a thrilling read that at least one 9th grader has breezed through in an afternoon. Ender even beats up a smarmy Spanish kid!
That said, while the book is extremely popular, a few people strongly dislike the book - not the least for the great lengths Card goes to in order to arrange circumstances just right to allow Ender to basically commit genocide without knowingly doing so.
 Alvin Maker
Alvin Maker is a series of novels set in an alternative American past where special people have magical powers. The series might be a little racist in that white people, black people, and Native Americans have different types of supernatural abilities, but to be fair, the series paints a scathing portrait of plantation life in the American South and the oppression of Indians; so on the whole, it ends up being a feel-good 'everybody is different but we all have something to offer' type story.
 Homecoming Saga
Homecoming is a series of five novels that together make a science fiction version of the Book of Mormon set forty million years in the future. The plot is essentially the same as the religious text it is copied from, and most of the characters have essentially the same names with a slightly different spelling ('Nephi' becomes 'Nafai' and so on). One of the main themes of the series is that unrestricted free will is inherently bad - the book's God-parallel, the 'Oversoul', is an artificial intelligence that manipulates peoples' minds and suppresses dangerous or subversive thoughts and technological innovations that would upset the status quo; while most authors would depict this as a dystopian nightmare, Card treats it as an unambiguously good thing.
- ↑ http://www.bookbrowse.com/biographies/index.cfm?author_number=380
- ↑ http://www.ornery.org/essays/warwatch/2008-01-06-1.html
- ↑ http://www.ornery.org/essays/warwatch/2006-01-08-1.html
- ↑ http://www.ornery.org/essays/warwatch/2004-02-15-1.html
- ↑ http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700245157/State-job-is-not-to-redefine-marriage.html
- ↑ http://www.nauvoo.com/library/card-hypocrites.html
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- ↑ Skip Ender's Game boycott site
- ↑ Democracy Did Not Fail, Civilization Watch, November 8 2012
- ↑ Orson Scott Card: More Ridiculous Than You Thought, Pharyngula
- ↑ Orson Scott Card Worries About Obama Turning "Urban Gangs" Into His Personal Police Force, David Weigel, Slate
- ↑ "Creating the Innocent Killer". John Kessel. 2004. http://www4.ncsu.edu/~tenshi/Killer_000.htm Accessed 8-15-2010.