Orson Scott Card, award-winning science fiction author of Ender’s Game, has long been vocal in his opinions around homosexuality—and, recently, despite social critics, he continues to speak his mind. A sampling of Card’s writing includes:
- “The Hypocrites of Homosexuality,” published in a 1990 issue of Sunstone Magazine.
- “Homosexual ‘Marriage’ and Civilization,” a 2004 article at The Ornery American.
Since the Church’s public announcement of official support for California’s Prop 8 initiative, Brother Card has offered even more of his thoughts on the issue via the Deseret News‘ arm, the Mormon Times, most recently concerning the state of science and homosexuality:
- “Science on gays falls short,” August 7, 2008
- “State job is not to redefine marriage,” July 24, 2008
- “Why and how to defend marriage,” July 3, 2008
Regardless of how one feels about Card’s views on homosexuality—or, more particularly, the gay rights socio-political movement—what I find most interesting is the pejorative application of “homophobe” to anyone who does not believe homosexual relationships are in harmony with God’s ultimate plan for His children, that homosexual orientation is not innate and immutable, or that a socio-political and cultural redefinition of marriage making gender irrelevant is a good idea.
Perhaps Orson Scott Card is a “homophobe.” I don’t know; I don’t know him. Somehow I doubt it. But, despite his obviously strong beliefs concerning the gay cultural movement, it’s ignorant diatribe to ascribe such a term anyone who doesn’t uncritically subscribe to some of the assumptions underlying the gay cultural movement.
Brother Card isn’t the only one with strong opinions.