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Author: Marriage amendment is about forcing ‘anti-religious values’ on children

Monday, May 7, 2012

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Author Orson Scott Card, primarily known for his science fiction writings, says “there is no need to legalize same sex marriage” in North Carolina, because there are “no laws left standing that discriminate against gay or lesbian couples,” and that the real purpose of the measure is to force “anti-religious values” on children.

Card, a resident of Greensboro and an anti-gay activist — although, according to him, claims to “have plenty of gay friends” — has been writing numerous op-eds published in the local newspaper, the Rhino Times.

Orson Scott Card

In Card’s latest article, entitled “What’s Really At Stake,” he argues in support of Amendment One, a ballot measure that goes before voters Tuesday and would amend the state constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships.

There are no laws left standing that discriminate against gay couples. They can visit each other in the hospital. They can benefit from each other’s insurance.

No, legalizing gay marriage is not about making it possible for gay people to become couples.

It’s about giving the left the power to force anti-religious values on our children. Once they legalize gay marriage, it will be the bludgeon they use to make sure that it becomes illegal to teach traditional values in the schools.

Our children will be barraged with the deceptions of the left. Parents will be forbidden to remove their children from the propaganda.

Any child with any gender or sexual confusion will be pushed inexorably away from the decision to establish a traditional family. They’ll be told, again and again, that any sign of effeminacy or gender confusion or same-sex attraction is an irrevocable, lifelong compulsion and they might as well shape their lives accordingly.

The left is at war with the family, and they want control of our children’s education.

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I’m not making this up – it’s already happening wherever the left has complete control of education. Parents in those places are already forbidden to opt out of sexual and gender propaganda.

Card added that “same-sex attraction is not a strait jacket,” that people’s desires change over time and “gay people still have choices.”

Amendment One is on the North Carolina primary ballot Tuesday.

The most recent polling from Public Policy Polling revealed that 55 percent of voters support the amendment — but many don’t realize that it also bans civil unions and domestic partnerships.

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34 more reader comments:

  1. No no no no no no no not you too Orson Scott Card! You write such wonderful books, don’t do this!

    Posted on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 10:16pm
  2. All of this can be summated in one word , ‘ Jackass ‘.

    Posted on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 10:17pm
  3. One of a few homophobic members of the LDS Church.

    Posted on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 10:17pm
  4. talk about clutching onto straw… omfg how bloody much lower can these oxygen thieves go !!!

    Posted on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 10:18pm
  5. I will sell my books and never buy another -ever!

    Posted on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 10:18pm
  6. But cross-sex attraction is a straight jacket…

    Posted on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 10:21pm
  7. Never heard of him, but he seems to be a homophobic dumbass.

    Posted on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 10:23pm
  8. like he is an expert or something?? keep your mouth closed thank you very much!!

    Posted on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 10:27pm
  9. is he saying that lgbt have no morals? raise your children with morals, and if theyr gay its because they were BORN that way, that doesnt mean they werent who yu raised them to be! I SO HATE HOMOPHOBES WHO TRY TO INFLICT THEIR VALUES ON EVRYBODY ELSE!

    Posted on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 10:31pm
  10. As a Sci Fi writer, I really enjoy his work.. but out in the real world, his tripe is a bit crackpot.

    Posted on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 10:35pm
  11. hahhahahha, most of his books are very homo erotic… What a closet case.

    Posted on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 10:38pm
  12. I don’t understand why some people think having gay children means you failed as a parent… walking away from, and not supporting your children means you failed as a parent…

    Posted on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 10:48pm
  13. I’m an avid reader, and I have never heard of him…needless to say, after hearing his hateful, rhetoric-filled opinions, I will never read ANY of his books! He doesn’t deserve my money or my time…homophobic jackass!!!

    Posted on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 10:51pm
  14. His works are Mormon-inspired

    Posted on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 10:52pm
  15. “because there are “no laws left standing that discriminate against gay or lesbian couples,””.

    Lets see, the ban on same-sex marriage doesn’t discriminate against gay ans lesbian couples? Is this guy a joke?

    Posted on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 10:57pm
  16. And his stance & the stance of people like him force so-called religious values on everyone else! This is America, where people came to escape religious persecution & live out whatever beliefs they choose – WHY do these people still shove their beliefs down other’s throats & not understand the seperation of church & state??

    Posted on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 10:59pm
  17. “about forcing ‘anti-religious values’ on children” – He’s going to need to explain that logical leap

    Posted on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 11:24pm
  18. Scary, how some one (in this case, Orson S. Card) can make an issue of something so basic, HUMAN RIGHTS seem criminal. Familial rights MUST be enjoyed by all law abiding citizens, to include property, custody issues (before and after death of a spouse), health care and all other benifits accrued over their life times. 55% against same sex marrige in NC., the vote is Tuesday TIME TO RALLY

    Posted on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 11:56pm
  19. That just broke my heart! I really liked him!

    Posted on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 11:59pm
  20. I liked him too, but wasn’t he raised strict Mormon? I’m not surprised.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 12:04am
  21. I’ll never read another book by Orson Scott Card. He’s lost me as a fan.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 12:06am
  22. Oh wait, what was that sound…. THe sound of another homophobic career hitting rock bottom

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 12:21am
  23. He’s even nasty to his characters, eeeuw.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 2:49am
  24. Even if this were true, aren’t you also guilty of forcing your religious values on children?

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 4:57am
  25. Don’t you love how bigots always try to turn things around and act like they are oppressed?

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 5:05am
  26. I voted early! I will be so glad when these ads are off tv !

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 6:02am
  27. I’m no longer a fan of Orson Scott Card….

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 6:15am
  28. Isn’t the government supposed to not take any sides with religion anyway?

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 6:36am
  29. Wow what a douchebag! I wonder what my wife will do with her books when she sees this!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 7:25am
  30. “Traditional Values” will no longer be taught in schools he wails. Which era of traditional values should we return to? The ones where coloured people were considered to be native fauna in Australia? Where coloured people in the USA were considered to be sub human? How about the traditions where a woman should stay at home; cook, breed and basically be a slave to a man?

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 8:34am
  31. what

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 11:02am
  32. Oh, this makes me so sad. No more Cards for me.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 12:31pm
  33. To the people who don’t know who OSC is: he’s been around for decades in the fantasy genre. Very successful.

    To everyone else… you really didn’t know he was bigoted like this? Wow, I thought it was public knowledge. When I heard about his opinions a few years ago I legitimately set my copy of “Enchantment” on fire.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 5:45pm
  34. Can anyone say irony?

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 7:13pm