“And there it is: his name is right under hers. I move the cursor over it, and the thumbnail pops up with all of his information. His address, clarkstatehood@gmail. com. His icon, a photo of Patrick Swayze from Road House. A little gray dot, just like the one next to Cella’s name. As if he’s just not available to chat at the moment. Clark is offline.”
Orson Scott Card has always been one of my favorite authors. Ender’s Game inspired me as a child, and I would venture that it had a large impact on who I am today, as well as how I see my place in the world. Though what’s troubling about my childhood hero is that he’s homophobic.
I understand that he has conservative views, as well as a Mormon background, but he’s not your typical conservative:
He speaks on the need to conserve fossil fuels in a, mostly, unorthodox manner for a conservative.
He believes that the world’s governments need to intervene more with how we spend our resources.
He wants a much larger space program.
These aren’t your typical conservative views, and it’s really great to see that I can agree with Card on these topics.
However, all this is overshadowed, by his outright homophobia. Like Charlie Jane Anders, of io9, has said in his article dedicated to the same topic,
“Card still has a huge following and a massive soap-box, and he’s proved he’s willing to use his fiction to advance his political ideas. I’d really love to see him spending more time advancing his unique ideas about energy policy — rather than wasting time propounding ideas about homosexuality that are neither original nor constructive.”