Thursday, November 06, 2008

no longer a card-carrying member

I was at a used bookstore today and noticed a huge influx of Orson Scott Card books on the "just in" racks. Might be coincidence, but I wonder if someone else, or several someones, felt the same horror I felt when realizing that much of the money flooding California in support of Proposition 8 was coming from Mormons in Utah, supported by Card. As a friend of mine commented after the California results were in, "The people of Utah have spoken."

How the author of such humane and life-affirming books as Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus can take such a position baffles and enrages me. That was a book I used to turn to when I needed a way to feel good about the world. I can't even imagine this house without a copy of Ender's Game in it, yet I don't know if I'll ever again be capable of separating his views from his works. Damn it.

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