Got an interesting e-mail this morning via the Bilerico tip line. I'd like to know what other Projectors think about this. My opinion after the jump.
From: Stuart [last name redacted for privacy]
Message: The homophobic Science Fiction author Orson Scott Card is now working for Audible.com in a feature called "Orson Scott Card Selects," in which he recommends Science Fiction Audio Books.
Audible.com is the largest supplier of audiobooks on the internet and I hate that they are employing such a homophobe. In his last screed, he equated same-sex marriage with "the end of democracy in America," and he advocates for the maintenance and enforcement of laws criminalizing homosexuality.
Further, as an audible subscriber, a fraction of my monthly fee goes into his pocket and, through his LDS tithe, into the effort to end gay marriage in California. That really burns me up.
Is there any way the Bilerico project could encourage any of its readers who are also subscribers to contact audible.com and ask them to sever their relationship with Orson Scott Card?
Personally, I think I'm going to pass on asking Audible.com to "sever ties" with Card. Why? It's simple.
Even homophobes deserve gainful employment.
The right to think as we wish is an important American right. We can be wrong all we want, but we're still entitled to hold our beliefs. Scott's feelings about LGBT equality are idiotic and backwards, but it has no bearing on his job with Audible.com.
A lot of what I write here is considered inflammatory by the right wingers. I have no doubt that several of them would consider trying to get me fired from a job based solely on my writing for the Bilerico Project. Would that make it right? Am I not allowed to say and think as I wish as long as it's not advocating violence or shouting "Fire!" in a crowded theater?
This is getting too close to punishing Card for his religious beliefs. I can opine that he is utterly and completely stupid for his anti-gay statements. I can refute his opinions with my own. I can hold him up for ridicule and embarrassment based on his publicly aired views on gay rights.
But what I can't do is try and bankrupt him by taking away his employment - especially when it has nothing to do with his anti-gay stance. He's recommending science fiction audio books, not preaching on our airwaves or using a radio show to promote violence and discrimination against the LGBT community. He's doing a job - and well, I might add.
I won't buy another Orson Scott Card book. I threw the well-worn copies of his novels into the trash when I read about his stances. I made sure it was covered here on the blog.
But I won't try to take away his ability to make a buck. After all, I'd be mad as hell if one of the rightwing nutjobs tried to take away my right to employment based on something unrelated I'd written.
Fair is fair.