Gods, this is bringing back a lot of bad memories. I was first introduced to Orson Scott Card through "Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus", back in high school. I thought it was...odd...that part of fixing the past involved giving a (pantheistic, bloody-penised) version of Christianity to the Caribbean and Mesoamerica, but the story also implied a multireligious, multicultural, secular future that came out of it, so I didn't think too much of it. I loved that book; it informed and continues to inform a lot of my perspective on long-term living. It actually reminded me in tone of a lot of the Octavia Butler we were reading, and so when I came across an article by Orson Scott Card about Anthropology's role in informing the gay rights movement, I read it eagerly.
I was crushed.
He was so hateful, so casually dismissive and so factually wrong. It felt like a personal rebuke, by a person I respected, against a fundamental aspect of who I am. So, +John Lewis
, this was a very personal experience for me.
Speculative Fiction builds worlds by a set of rules and gives us a peak into how those worlds evolve given those rules. By its nature, it is fundamentally informed by the "private" worldview of the person who build them, and to the degree that the stories are spread within a culture, that "private" worldview has an effect on the public mindset. As others have mentioned, he also uses the money and influence he receives through his books to spread some serious malware as a public figure, which as a conscientious consumer I don't want to sponsor.+Ruth R. Davidson
, unfortunately, when you are dealing with an institution that uses its power for such obvious evil, it kinda overshadows the other nice things it does. So, yes, that soldier totally rescued that Afghan kid's puppy from a well! But then a US drone blew up a wedding party in the same village, so...
As an American, I understand the difference between specific Americans and specific American actions being good, and the American government's overall influence in the world being good. When I'm talking to friends from other countries who decry America's destructive role in this or that aspect of history/climate change/international politics, I understand they are not badmouthing ALL Americans, or me personally as an American. They decry specific actions of the American institution. As well they should! As a member of that institution, it's my duty to change their opinion, not by complaining when they point out horrible things it's doing, but by changing the institution so it stops doing those horrible things.