Saturday, January 21, 2006

Orson Scott Card Likes His Version Better

OH, jesus. Orson Scott Card is excellent sci-fi author (Ender's Game is his most famous).

But - having also found that he's an ass about homosexual marriage - we now he can add Intelligent [sic] Design supporter to his resume. PZ Meyers at Pharyngula unpacks the errors and the incoherences and lays them bare to see.

As Mr Meyers notes, it's not so much a defense of ID as much as a babbling rant based on versions of arguments and ideas that he seems to have made up in his head. As if the debate was a book he was writing, where he could bend the discussions to whatever story he wanted to tell. No, Orson, this topic is of real people and real ideas that you have to understand on their own terms - they exist outside of your own mind.

PZ Meyers writers a great rebuttal, if you have a little time, and it demonstrates what an intelligent and cogent writer and evolution/education defender PZ Meyers is. It's a fine way to meet this man, my favorite science blog writer.

And don't miss that homophobic article. It's called Homosexual "Marriage" and Civilization. Quotes are his. I can pretty much just drop my cursor ANYwhere in that article, and come out with a gem like this:
Just because homosexual partners wish to be called "married" and wish to force everyone else around them to regard them as "married," does not mean that their Humpty-Dumpty-ish wish should be granted at the expense of the common language, democratic process, and the facts of human social organization.

However emotionally bonded a pair of homosexual lovers may feel themselves to be, what they are doing is not marriage. Nor does society benefit in any way from treating it as if it were.

Off to bowl...

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