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Bullshit and Blasephemy

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Hurley's mom said it best: "Jesus Christ is not a weapon."

This week at PodCastle we reprinted Leah Bobet's hilarious and awesome "The Parable of the Shower," read by Laurice White. You should give it a listen.

So I was supposed to write and record an introduction for it when the Orson Scott Card outrage started going off in rapid succession (for non-regular LJ folk, Jim C. Hines has a really good write-up about it all, but I first read William Alexander's review of "Hamlet's Father" over Rain Taxi). So at PodCastle, I went on a little rant in the intro, essentially calling bullshit and blasephemy.

The "bullshit" tag is probably obvious. Here's why I call blasephemy: If one of Jesus's two greatest commandments is to "Love your neighbor as yourself," then suggesting that because someone is gay they are not only indisputably evil but also probably a pedophile (which is "the moral" quite a few people have read from this book)? That's about as unloving as you can be.

It should be noted that I really like quite a bit of what I've read of Orson Scott Card's fiction - specifically Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, and The Worthing Saga. I just grabbed Ender's Shadow from my library to listen to. It should also be noted that I haven't read Hamlet's Father, and probably will not. This one falls right around Left Behind for me - I wouldn't mind reading it one day, just to really be able to rage against it better, but there are a lot of other books I'd rather be reading first.

No blasephemy but just as much bullshit: Over at Genreville, Sherwood Smith and Rachel Manija Brown talk about how an agent offered representation for their YA SF book on the condition they either a) turn their gay protagonist into a straight protagonist, or b) completely cut out the character.

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sartorias
Sep. 14th, 2011 01:05 pm (UTC)
well said, about the eleventh commandment.

And thank you for the mention!
krylyr
Sep. 14th, 2011 04:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks to you and to Rachel for speaking out on this. You're both an inspiration.
bogwitch64
Sep. 14th, 2011 02:22 pm (UTC)
I've seen so much of that agent-idiocy over the last week. It just gets me so angry. After the first few posts and such, I stopped reading.

This whole thing with OSC upsets me, too. It always sucks to discover something less than savory by an author I otherwise admire. Ender's Game is brilliant, and remains one of my favorite books.

And so the ago-old dilemma contiues--do you judge an author by the works you like, or by those you don't?
krylyr
Sep. 14th, 2011 04:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's all a bit infuriating isn't it?

Card's written a lot that I like, and some stuff I have no interest in reading (see also: his Empire books). But yeah, it's a conundrum. Some of his stuff I love love love. So personally, I'm going to continue checking out books of his that sound interesting to me, skip the stuff that doesn't interest me, and try and speak out about the stuff I find offensive.
bogwitch64
Sep. 14th, 2011 05:00 pm (UTC)
It's really the only thing you can do, right? Good call.
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