Jason Lindquist (jlindquist) wrote,
Jason Lindquist
jlindquist

Writing and politics

It's not uncommon for people into literature to idolize their favorite writers. "So-and-so can do no wrong." "Heinlein is teh awesum, he's not REALLY a sexist!" Blind idolatry, like blind faith, is always a bad thing. Let me illustrate:

* Joe Straczynski: I'll read anything he writes, and he always comes across as a good guy. His opinions on things around the world are often parallel to mine, but where they diverge, there's room for good-natured disagreement.
* Aaron Sorkin: Always readable/watchable, but his opposition to the WGA strike this year seemed selfish.
* Orson Scott Card: I still love most of the Ender series, but what a fucking cockmunch.

Gay marriage is the "end of democracy in America"? Bitch, please. You'll hold your nose and vote for McCain this fall, nobody's going to force you to do otherwise. "It is now illegal even to kneel and pray in front of a clinic that performs abortions"? I see that almost every day on my way to work. You just have to do it in a way that doesn't obstruct the comings and goings from that clinic. "Regardless of law, marriage has only one definition, and any government that attempts to change it is my mortal enemy. I will act to destroy that government and bring it down, so it can be replaced with a government that will respect and support marriage, and help me raise my children in a society where they will expect to marry in their turn." Dude, when they show up in jackboots to marry off your sons to other men, give us a call. Until then, fuck the hell off.
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