Diadem wrote: markfiend wrote:
IMO this essay
is required reading about OSC / Ender's Game.
I'm not obvlious to the many erros in his books. Children of the Mind and Xenocide were pretty aweful. The Bean series is much better, but it too contains some annoying parts (as well as some very unrealistic ones). But I've never detected anything like homophobia in his books. I don't know if OSC is a homophobe (I don't know anything about him), but if he is it does not show in the Ender series. His religious views do creep through, but they seem to be quite mild. I've read much more annoyingly religious books. The religious character portrayed most sympathetically in the books is sister Charlotta. So I think we can assume that his true views are similar to hers. But she is quite enlightened. She explicitely states that she believes unbelievers can go to heaven, and she seems to ignore most church dogma.
I don't recognize the criticism.
Read "Shadow Puppets" again. I admit, OSC did a pretty good job avoiding Christian, Mormon, and conservative fundamentalism in his characters. I used to be naive about his beliefs in his writing, but then I found what kind of rabid fanatic he was.
So... that Anton character? The first time I read it, I just thought, "huh, what an interesting little anecdote about an old gay man who decides to marry a woman and help her raise her kids." Then I re-read it, and I went, "HOLY SHIT, this is ACTUALLY what OSC expects all gay people to do!"
This post breaks down the Anton scene really well, so I'm just going to link to it: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.ph ... count=1813
OSC literally believes that people become gay from molestation in childhood, that it can usually just be contained to an adolescent phase, and that gays wish they could be cured. He literally -- not figurately, literally -- believes that if gay marriage is allowed in even a few states, when adolescents go through confusing moments in their sexuality, they will be pushed and encouraged by the culture of leftist AAAHHHH THUMPY WOOBLE HARRRRRPINK!! to embrace any signs of homosexuality, and BECOME GAY AGAINST THEIR NATURES!
I quote from OSC's 2004 essay about gay marriage, http://www.ornery.org/essays/warwatch/2004-02-15-1.html
, with my emphasis added
Television programs will start to show homosexual "marriages" as wonderful and happy (even as they continue to show heterosexual marriages as oppressive and conflict-ridden).
The propaganda mill will pound our children with homosexual marriage as a role model. We know this will happen because we have seen the fanatical Left do it many times before.
So when our children go through the normal adolescent period of sexual confusion and perplexity, which is precisely the time when parents have the least influence over their children and most depend on the rest of society to help their children grow through the last steps before adulthood, what will happen?
Already any child with any kind of sexual attraction to the same sex is told that this is an irresistible destiny, despite the large number of heterosexuals who move through this adolescent phase and never look back.
Already any child with androgynous appearance or mannerisms -- effeminite boys and masculine girls -- are being nurtured and guided (or taunted and abused) into "accepting" what many of them never suspected they had -- a desire to permanently move into homosexual society.
In other words, society will bend all its efforts to seize upon any hint of homosexuality in our young people and encourage it.
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.
It's that desire for normality, that discontent with perpetual adolescent sexuality, that is at least partly behind this hunger for homosexual "marriage."
Since then OSC has joined the "National Organization for Marriage," producers of that infamous "The Storm Is Coming" "defense-of-marriage" ad.
Anyway, when you think of Orson Scott Card and his faith... think of poor repressed Anton.