What the Internet does better than anything else is give ignorance, intolerance, bigotry and hate a means to reach millions of people in a matter of seconds. If not millions, at least dozens.
Today’s daily dosage of Internet Ignorance comes from a defender of Orson Scott Card, the science-fiction author and notorious homophobe who sparked controversy when DC Comics announced Card would be writing a Superman comic book. The fans of the Man of Steel gave a collective middle finger to that news and Card’s debut on the most popular super hero of all time has been delayed indefinitely after the artist resigned from the book.
Card and DC miscalculated the degree of resistance they would meet, but that isn’t to say his hateful homophobia doesn’t have his supporters. One of them directed me to an essay on a right-wing website and said, “It provides solid counterarguments to much of the “logic” used to justify this unfair boycott, particularly that the character of Superman is inherently incompatible with Card’s beliefs.”
“I’d encourage you to give it a read.”
So I did and for my troubles I was exposed to a particularly ugly expression of hate-filled homophobia that left me as queasy as Superman exposed to green kryptonite. I didn’t find any solid counterarguments. I found spectacularly weak justifications of bigotry. I also found a rhetorical IED set by the author, Kathy Shaidle, to blow up when it was read. It’s almost clever how Shaidle set up her hate bomb.
But while the word “faggot” doesn’t come from “a bundle of sticks,” the word “fascist” does.
Behold: In the name of “truth, justice and the American way,” a renowned science-fiction writer has just been condemned to (professional) death for expressing his views on homosexuality in a tiny Mormon magazine almost twenty-five years ago.
Orson Scott Card wrote the beloved 1985 Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novel Ender’s Game “about the innocence of a child winning out over war and hatred,” an “irony” which seems to be making his “homophobia” all the more heartbreaking to his lifelong (liberal) fans.
So what did Card say?
Back in 1990—and again in 2004—he objected to the legalization of sodomy and “gay marriage” by judicial fiat. If unelected judges can nullify thousands of years of civil and religious law in a trice, he asked, what else will our robed rulers force us to accept? Will ordinary people someday rise up against this tyrannical system?
That candid, decades-long (and, some would say, perfectly sound) opposition to “gay marriage” in particular and top-down social engineering in general suddenly rendered Card persona non grata when DC Comics hired him to write a Superman comic last month.
That was the stick that broke the faggots’ back, or perhaps the one they’d been waiting to beat Card with for some time.
Like I said. Almost. What all that was for was to set up an excuse for Shaidle to use “faggot” as a slur, not as a descriptive for kindling.
She has called Muslims “pathetic, whiny losers” who practise “a sick, sick religion.”
She has accused Asians of spreading disease in Toronto, disparaged natives and blacks, and suggested the poor “are no more real than Bigfoot.”
Now, controversial right-wing blogger Kathy Shaidle may be coming to London to speak about human rights.
The invitation to Shaidle by some members of the city’s Jewish community has alarmed anti-racism activists and provided fresh ammunition to the country’s heavyweight politicos over freedom of speech.
“She is a purveyor of some of the most offensive racial stereotypes I have ever read,” Bernie Farber, head of the Canadian Jewish Congress, said yesterday.
“Any group that associates with or defends her is diminished by her,” charged Warren Kinsella, Liberal insider and author of Web of Hate: Inside Canada’s Far Right Network.
“They shouldn’t have anything to do with her. They will just hurt themselves.”
“I will not be intimidated. I am not going to apologize about anything I have written,” she told The Free Press yesterday. “This is a goofy smear campaign by name-calling leftists.”
No wonder she’s riding Card’s jock so hard. She’s just another hateful bitch who thinks her religion gives her the right to hate others.
And I don’t mean “bitch” as a sexist slur. I mean it as describing a female canine. As in lie down with dogs and wake up with fleas. Homophobic, racist fleas.
See how that playing around with the duality of words works?
- A note on the Orson Scott Card’s Superman “controversy” by way of that stuff that happened with Chick-Fil-A last year (alexwilgus.wordpress.com)
- “Superman” Artist Quits Rather Than Work With Homophobe Orson Scott Card (queerty.com)
- Dallas retailer won’t carry Orson Scott Card’s Superman comic (robot6.comicbookresources.com)