Superman Writer Blacklisted

DC Comics has recently hired science fiction writer Orson Scott Card to write stories for their Superman comic. Considering that he is a Hugo and Nebula award winning author, this might seem to be quite a coup for DC Comics, except for one minor detail. Orson Scott Card has had the audacity to express politically incorrect opinions. Naturally, the enlightened, tolerant Left is trying to get him fired. Here is the story as related by The Guardian.

fans are up in arms at the decision of the publisher to appoint a noted anti-gay writer to pen the Man of Steel’s latest adventures.

Comic giant DC has commissioned Orson Scott Card, author of the award-winning and best-selling Ender’s Game sci-fi series, to write for DC’s Adventures of Superman series. The digital comic is set to be published in April.

The news has sparked a furious backlash from Card’s critics. Card is a long-time critic of homosexuality and has called gay marriage “the end of democracy in America”. In 2009 he became a board member of the National Organization for Marriage, a group that campaigns against same-sex marriage.

“Superman stands for truth, justice and the American way. Orson Scott Card does not stand for any idea of truth, justice or the American way that I can subscribe to,” said Jono Jarrett of Geeks Out, a gay fan group. “It’s a deeply disappointing and frankly weird choice.”

A film of Ender’s Game, co-produced by Card and starring Harrison Ford, is set to be released in November. Jarrett speculated DC was hoping pre-publicity for the movie would drive sales for the comic.

“I feel like they were hoping that no one will notice. It’s a free country, and what’s important is what we do here. This is a man who wants to take away my civil rights, and I will not be giving him my money,” said Jarrett.

Actor Michael Hartney, who describes himself as “as big a Superman fan as you’ll ever meet”, has written to DC voicing his concerns about Card.

“If this was a Holocaust denier or a white supremacist, there would be no question. Hiring that writer would be an embarrassment to your company. Well, Card is an embarrassment to your company, DC,” he wrote in a letter also published on Tumblr.

“And of all the characters Card could have been hired to write, you give him Superman? The character that taught me to lead by example? To do the right thing, even when it was hard? To keep going, even when it seemed hopeless? What an insult. Kids are killing themselves. They are killing themselves in a climate of intolerance and homophobia publicly fostered by people like Orson Scott Card. You don’t have to contribute to this. You shouldn’t. You mustn’t,” he wrote.

Do you see what is going on here? Card’s opinion on the issue of same-sex marriage has been declared ( by who?) to be beyond the limits of acceptability and therefore he is to be shunned, denied employment, if possible. Being against a radical redefinition of marriage and in support of traditional, Biblical values is now the equivalent of being a white supremacist or Holocaust denier.

One of the reasons that I have been against same-sex marriage is precisely because of this sort of behavior on the part of the activists. If it were simply a matter of everyone doing their own thing and live and let live, I might be indifferent on the matter. But, it is not, and perhaps never has been, a matter of live and let live. It is instead a matter of enforcing a certain viewpoint and limiting any debate.

I have never heard or read any logical or coherent arguments on why a radical redefinition of marriage is necessary or desirable. Instead, all I have heard is word games (marriage equality) and name calling (bigot! hater! homophobe!). What civil rights is Jono Jarett being denied exactly? He has the right to marry any one of the opposite sex he may want to, just the same as the rest of us. He has the right to indulge, in private, any sexual deviancy he wishes. What he, and others, do not have a right to is demand that a millenia old institution be changed to suit his desires. He, and others, do not have the right to demand that we fully appreciate and support any life style he wishes to indulge in. He does not have the right to demand that people act against their sincere religious beliefs, as they are with Orson Scott Card.

As for the intolerance, it seems to me that it is entirely on the side of the homosexual activists, as the President of Chick-fil-A and Carrie Prejean can attest. It is these people on the left who are the intolerant, hate filled bullies, and I don’t like bullies.


Matthew Shaffer over at National Review Online has written a column defending Chick-Fil-A founder Samuel Truett Cathy from the charge of vicious homophobia that the Left has tried to pin on him for allegedly supporting anti-gay groups. Shaffer makes a convincing case, but I don’t think he really gets it.

It is true that Mr. Cathy is a noted philanthropist who has been more than generous with the money he has earned from his business.

And he’s devoted his considerable wealth to a life of philanthropy. He has distributed more than $35 million in scholarships to help Chick-fil-A employees go to college, another $26 million to scholarships for students at Berry College, and another $18 million for foster homes throughout the United States. He’s been honored by the Children’s Hunger Fund, and won the Horatio Alger award and the William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership, for his charity.

Incidentally, Cathy is also an enthusiastic Baptist, and one domain of his charitable giving reflects that fact. Chick-fil-A is closed on Sundays, includes religious language in its mission statement, and donates some money to causes like the Campus Crusade for Christ. Consequently, a meme has developed on left-leaning and pro-gay-rights websites in the past year that Chick-fil-A is virulently anti-gay. Since then, the nonagenarian Samuel Truett Cathy has gone from a noted philanthropist to a hate-figure — in two senses of the phrase — for many liberals, and has gotten a string of very negative press.

Of course, the Campus Crusade for Christ isn’t exactly a cause dear to the Left. No doubt they’d rather Cathy spend his money on global warming or keeping the red spotted eel from going extinct. But, anyway, as Shaffer argues, the causes he does support have only a peripheral link to anything gay.

But the dirt that activists have dug up on Cathy isn’t really that incriminating, even from a pro-gay-rights perspective. His top sin, according to the agitprop flyers produced by, is financial support for the National Christian Foundation and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Also among Cathy’s anathema affiliations is Campus Crusade for Christ. (When you think Campus Crusade for Christ, you think homophobia, right? Me neither.) There is no evidence that Chik-fil-A has funded groups that are primarily devoted to opposing same-sex marriage, such as the National Organization for Marriage (which is not to imply that such a donation would demonstrate anti-gay animus).

Judging by the arguments put forth on lefty blogs, there are three additional justifications for singling out Chick-fil-A for protests: The first is a local Chick-fil-A catering for a Pennsylvania Family Institute marriage retreat at which, PFI president Michael Geer says, “At no time . . . was the subject of same-sex marriage discussed or presented” (despite what was erroneously reported elsewhere). The second is relatively small donations to the group Focus on the Family (which, despite its reputation among bien pensants, actually devotes most of its funds to charitable efforts outside of the culture war, as David French has pointed out). And the third is Chick-fil-A’s ties to WinShape, a charity with dozens of projects, one of which is a marriage retreat limited to legally married, opposite-sex couples.

But, the truth is, that none of this matters. Samuel Truett Cathy has committed thought crime by stating

While my family and I believe in the Biblical definition of marriage, we love and respect anyone who disagrees.

To the Left, it is not enough to love and respect anyone who disagrees. You must support their entire agenda or you are a racist, sexist, homophobe and hater. Someone as prominent as Cathy is not allowed to have a private opinion. Nothing that Shaffer has to say changes this.