Dear Mr. Card,
I’ve been planning on reading your books. I’ve heard your creativity is second to none and that Ender was a hero for the masses. I’ve also heard that you are really awesome at book signings and seem to really care about your fans. I was going to spend a substantial amount of money on your backlist and read everything before your beloved-to-many movie version of Enders Game hit the theatres.
When I first heard about your homophobia I was unaware how severe it is. I even wrote about you in a post about authors and how accessible they are in the digital age and how I would probably still read your stuff. But you didn’t stop there. You have repeatedly and vehemently used your status as a top notch author to boast your personal beliefs about family and gay rights. The latest flash of venom made me feel actual concern for you… a person I haven’t ever met. The paranoia and outright lies bothered me deeply.
As the mother of two children and a humanist I take a lot of time to teach my children right and wrong, and yes it is subjective. And yes I am teaching them my own set of moral rules, but I don’t foist my extreme left views on others, and I hope that one day my children grow up to have their own ideals and I hope kindness is among them.
When my kids ask me questions about homosexuality I am open and honest with them.
“Why does so and so have two moms?”
“Well, some people have two moms, or two dads, or no parents at all and a granddad or a grandmom. Some kids live in the foster system, or are orphaned and the thing that makes humans amazing is all of our differences from the very large to the very small.”
I also teach them that homophobia is a phobia. As in a disease.
an extreme and irrational aversion to homosexuality and homosexual people.
homophobe |ˈhōməˌfōb| noun
homophobic |-ˈfōbik| adjective
ORIGIN 1960s: from homosexual + -phobia .
homosexual |ˌhōməˈsek sh oōəl|
(of a person) sexually attracted to people of one’s own sex.
• involving or characterized by sexual attraction between people of the same sex : homosexual desire.
a person who is sexually attracted to people of their own sex.
homosexuality |-ˌsek sh oōˈalitē| noun
ORIGIN late 19th cent.: from homo- ‘same’ + sexual .
Those are the dictionary references from my desktop dictionary on my Macbook Pro. Mr. Card, you have a severe case of homophobia.
There’s no need to legalize gay marriage. I have plenty of gay friends who are committed couples; some of them call themselves married, some don’t, but their friends treat them as married. Anybody who doesn’t like it just doesn’t hang out with them.
I have a lot of gay friends too. I have a lot of transgender friends and my children are exposed to all types of sexuality, religion, and colors. I know that my gay friends would like to be married, and have rights. Everything you say in your article is a falsehood. Sure, the partner of a gay man can go to the hospital… until a family member tells the hospital he can’t, because he isn’t family.
I guess what I don’t understand is why? What is it that makes you campaign so hard against gay rights? Why is it this ONE thing you’ve decided to take a stand against, couldn’t your massive amount of influence do something more? Here are some suggestions:
1 in 4 children in America are hungry. Right now.
The genocide in Darfur is so important, can you make people aware of it?
The occupy movement is important in its own way.
Surely any of these things are more worthy of your time and attention than whether or not gay people get married. And what of your legacy? Hundreds of years from now when this issue is being looked at in history class you will be considered one of the people in the extreme wrong. Aren’t you ashamed of how we treated Native Americans and Blacks? Because I sure as hell am and I am just as ashamed right now with the way we are treating gays as second class citizens when they bleed red just as you and I do.
So please, find a more positive way to use your influence and time. You have actually succeeded in making sure that I will never read your books. I wonder how many other people have been turned off from your literature by your tirades?
I know that not everyone has the same views as I do. I understand that I am pretty left leaning and the fact that others aren’t is okay with me. I don’t feel the need to stamp those with other views down and I don’t feel the need to suppress a whole group of humans.
A lost loyal reader