An idle thought about Orson Scott Card

Back when gay-rights activists were organizing to overturn Proposition 8, Orson Scott Card wrotethat straight married couples were entitled to use brute force to stop the gays from taking marriage away (as he saw it): “How long before married people answer the dictators thus: 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.”
In another essay, he says, however, that he rejects violent revolution: instead, conservatives should reject the evil gay dictatorship destroying marriage by refusing to join the military or become police, by homeschooling their kids and by refusing to either work or spend money for a day or two here and there (“public strikes”). And that in this fashion, they will destroy the government and bring it down!
Either way, he doesn’t seem to be doing this. He’s certainly not withdrawing from public life or worrying about stopping the income from his writing, and he’s not attempting armed revolt. Despite the fact Proposition 8 is overturned and California gays can legally marry. Nope. Not one sign of revolutionary acts to overthrow the government, just more columns and books and political activism.
It’s rather like the people who announced they’d Go Galt—stop work and cut off society from their productivity and genius—if Obama got elected. None of them I’m aware of did (a couple of right-wing columnists said they’d do it but then went on writing).
Or multiple preachers who announced that they’d sooner go to jail rather than comply with the Affordable Care Act’s mandate to cover birth control. Of course, as churches they weren’t going to have to comply anyway, so that’s tough talk with very little consequence.
I’m sooo impressed with their bravery in the force of government oppression.

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