Do As They Say, Just Don’t Say What They Do
July 31, 2008
Apparently the Jesus whoopers, knuckle-draggers and neanderthal remnants of California are up in arms because the ballot initiative calling for a constitutional amendment to end same-sex marriages is worded clearly enough to make its intentions plain to all readers and voters. for practitioners of spin and dog-whistle politics, this sort of clarity is unacceptable and so a cluster of wingers has marched into court to get the wording changed to something gauzy and noncommital, even as its intention behind the wording remains the same.
(It brings to mind the first time I watched Bill O’Reilly’s show, in which I thought O’Reilly actually came off pretty well. His guest was a member of the Christian Coalition who wanted to bar gays from adopting children. When O’Reilly asked him to state openly why gay adoptions would be such a bad thing, the Jesus whooper kept trying to sidestep and dodge the question. O’Reilly, to his great credit, kept after him until it became obvious that the whooper knew his medieval views would, if stated openly, alienate a sificant number of voters.)
The strain of the situation has been enough to bring writer Orson Scott Card howling out of his bunker to write an opinion piece — or, as John Scalzi puts it, bring “the economy-sized jug of crazy sauce to the same-sex marriage discussion” — suggesting that heterosexuals take up arms to overthrow the government if same-sex marriage is allowed to stand, or lie down, of whatever position is most comfortable. Card’s column is called “In the Village,” and its no secret that the mental village Card inhabits is several times weirder and scarier than the one Number Six spent an entire television series trying to escape. When it comes to commenting on social issues, Orson Scott Card doesn’t just sound like a science ficiton writer; he sounds like something dreamed up by a science fiction writer.