Posted on | November 2, 2013 | 88 Comments
One of the most annoying habits of liberals is their tendency to confuse their political agenda with moral virtue.
It’s never about the efficacy of policy with them. Instead, it’s about voting your way to Heaven: Blessed are those who vote Democrat, for they shall be called the children of Gaia, or something.
So . . . homophobia.
Why is it that (a) opposition to specific policy ideas is routinely conflated with (b) irrational fear and hatred of homosexuals? And why do liberals have to run around pointing the finger of accusation at others, even where no one is remotely in danger of discrimination?
Consider the new movie Ender’s Game, which co-blogger Wombat briefly reviewed earlier. My general antipathy for science fiction aside, I only rarely go out to see movies, and therefore don’t really much care what’s playing at the shopping-mall multiplex.
Perpetual adolescents, however, can’t let go of their childishness, and the first thing you should know about Huffington Post contributor Seth Taylor is that he’s a 43-year-old dude who wears his baseball cap backward, a la every Gen X slacker circa 1993.
If I were wearing shiny polyester shirts, bell-bottoms and platform shoes, I could scarcely be more ridiculously obsolete.
The second thing you should know about Seth Taylor is that he divorced the mother of his child and “came out,” and brandishes his Gay Dad badge like it was the Congressional Medal of Honor, and he’s going to question your patriotism if you don’t salute.
Just wanted to make clear who we’re dealing with here before I share with you Seth Taylor’s bizarre reaction to Ender’s Game:
Last fall, I read a press release announcing that Hollywood was finally making an Ender’s Game movie. I proceeded to have an immediate nerdgasm.
But shortly after the movie announcement was released to the far corners of the Internet, I started seeing more news stories, unexpected ones, about [Ender's Game author Orson Scott] Card himself, and the fact that he’s widely reputed to be a major bigot. More specifically: a big-time homophobe.
Thanks to the magic of the Internet, several articles and statements have emerged since then, all authored by Card over the years. In a 1990 article, Card postulated about the dangerous “homosexual agenda.” In 2004, he claimed that gay people are the result of child abuse and molestation, and that gay marriage will never count as “real marriage.” And in 2008, he wrote an article for the Mormon Times, arguing that gay marriage will result in the end of American democracy.
Dude, it’s a science fiction movie.
If we all started requiring political litmus tests on cultural products — songs, books, movies, TV shows — what would pass the test? I mean, what if conservatives went back to the Golden Age of Hollywood and started denouncing every movie where the screenwriter or director was subsequently exposed as a Commie or a fellow traveler? Crap, even Ronald Reagan himself couldn’t pass that test, given how he signed up for certain Commie front groups back in the day.
What Seth Taylor unwittingly reveals is how the gay-rights agenda is less about policy than it is about compulsory approval.
There can be only one opinion about homosexuality, namely, whatever opinion Official Gay Leaders™ consider acceptable.
It’s very much akin to the way the NAACP arrogates to itself the authority to dictate acceptable opinions on race or, for that matter, the way certain Official Climate Scientists™ consider it their prerogative to declare the scientific truth about global warming.
Is this kind of Cultural Marxist thought-control stuff ”the end of American democracy”? Call me a hater, but maybe you can see why I’m not prepared to say Orson Scott Card was entirely wrong.