10 Homophobic Quotes by Orson Scott Card, Author of “Ender’s Game”

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Sci-fi is often praised for its ability to use technologically advanced future scenarios to act as a mirror on current events. Usually, these broad, galaxy-hopping tales allow readers to realize the small scope of their petty, childish personal and political issues, giving them a chance to reframe their rigid moral belief systems. Star Trek, Star Wars, Dune, the Foundation series — all unified by common lessons of love and the tragic costs of hate. Which is why it is no small irony that Orson Scott Card is homophobic.

It is both funny and sad that such a gifted writer has nothing worthwhile to say on the subject of LGBTA rights. Instead, backed by his tired religious convictions, he makes the same, dry, awful arguments that we’ve come to expect from our basement-dwelling politicians. The great-great-grandson of award-winning polygamist Brigham Young moralizing against social taboos? With that hilarious hypocrisy, he might as well be touring with Dave Chappelle.

To the people who still deny Orson Scott Card’s homophobia, feel free to read the man’s own words below and offer a context to make them seem any less despicable than they clearly appear to be. If there is an appropriate context for claiming that gays and lesbians are simply the confused byproducts of rape, I’m all ears. Until then, let’s all go out to see that Ender’s Game movie and try to forget that the man behind it has threatened to bring down the government if it legalizes same-sex marriage.

“Laws against homosexual behavior should remain on the books, not to be indiscriminately enforced against anyone who happens to be caught violating them, but to be used when necessary to send a clear message that those who flagrantly violate society’s regulation of sexual behavior cannot be permitted to remain as acceptable, equal citizens within that society.”


“If the Church has no the authority to tell its members that they may not engage in homosexual practices, then it has no authority at all. And if we accept the argument of the hypocrites of homosexuality that their sin is not a sin, we have destroyed ourselves.”


“The dark secret of homosexual society — the one that dares not speak its name — is how many homosexuals first entered into that world through a disturbing seduction or rape or molestation or abuse, and how many of them yearn to get out of the homosexual community and live normally.”


“There is a myth that homosexuals are ‘born that way,’ and we are pounded with this idea so thoroughly that many people think that somebody, somewhere, must have proved it.”

-“Homosexual ‘Marriage’ and Civilization,” in The Ornery American, 2004 (source)

“No matter how sexually attracted a man might be toward other men, or a woman toward other women, and no matter how close the bonds of affection and friendship might be within same-sex couples, there is no act of court or Congress that can make these relationships the same as the coupling between a man and a woman.”


“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.”


“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.”

-“What Right Is Really At Stake?” in The Ornery American, 2012 (source)

“There’s no need to legalize gay marriage. I have plenty of gay friends who are committed couples; some of them call themselves married, some don’t, but their friends treat them as married. Anybody who doesn’t like it just doesn’t hang out with them.”


Ender’s Game is set more than a century in the future and has nothing to do with political issues that did not exist when the book was written in 1984… It will be interesting to see whether the victorious proponents of gay marriage will show tolerance toward those who disagreed with them when the issue was still in dispute.”
  • Matt

    In the meantime Obama is “sorry” American’s are loosing their health insurance…


    • Todd20036

      What in the WORLD does Obamacare have to do with Victim Card’s homophobia?

      and seeing as how you are against Obamacare, please quote the GOP’s alternative.

      • Matt

        I’m speaking about the issues of importance, as at the time of this article was published on Verbicide Obama announced his apology about Americans loosing their insurance…seems as much corruption and evil carried out by the left, some want to just focus on the right.

        This leads me to your other question. I don’t know the GOP’s alternative…nor do I care because regardless of the party in charge, the result is more corporatism. I support starting with preventative measures, maybe by getting Michael Taylor from Monsanto out of the FDA (Obama appointed him)…advocate for a healthier lifestyle that includes less processed food, more healthier food and exercise. I personally support more of a volunteerist solution if anything. Used to be that religious organizations operated hospitals and medical facilities in which the poor could receive emergency services. I do know that forcing people to purchase private industry services or face a fine is a form of corporatism. This is a form of slavery.

        • Tee

          Unless that poor person needs an abortion to save their life, then they are out of luck at a hospital run by a religious organization!

  • ttoe

    Yeah because disagreeing with the left means you’re somehow regressed and not quite as advanced as the left wing is . . . lol, the left wing that acts fascist towards any who disagree, the left wing that silences dissent, calls for a legal ousting of conservative ideology, the left wing that uses emotion and hype instead of logic and rational, the left wing who entertains ideas of banning Capital punishment and using a firing squad on 2nd Amendment advocates, and generally anyone who adamantly disagrees, the left wing who loves to kill the innocent before they’re born at the convenience of the mother, the left wing who’s so advanced, it thinks that women should act like men and men like women, the left wing that uses clever names to describe something that is actually quite the opposite of what it’s name suggests, that loves to tell teachers what to teach and students what they must believe, yeah, the left wing that’s so much more advanced than the rest of us, that they have like a 60% broken home rate and refuses to acknowledge the simple common sense of child development that has been taking place for thousands of years, tens of thousands of years, and in defiance of it all, will insist that a child’s well-being has nothing to do with having both a mother and a father in a stable home. It’s like they don’t want to believe in God, want to believe in evolution, and yet still deny the very principles of evolution and insist that magically children are just as good in a home that is completely foreign to how humans have been raising children since humans first walked the earth.

    • Spalding

      It is just so awesome when people embody the stereotypes they are trying to disprove. I’m talking to you, ttoe. Liberals don’t think that conservatives are “regressed” – we think that you’re poorly educated sheep who lack the ability to think for yourselves. By the way, “regressed” is a verb. A person cannot be “regressed” – unless you mean hypnotized in order to remember past lives. I believe the word you were groping for is “regressive”. It was so cute when you tried to illustrate your superior intelligence by saying that your people use “logic and rational”. “Rational” is an adjective, as in “rational thought”. “Rational thought” would have worked in your sentence, as would “rationality”. You might want to consider revisiting Grammar 101 (unless, of course, you think that higher education is yet another liberal plot). Also, as long as we are talking about “rationality”, could you explain to me how it is possible to embrace capitol punishment and condemn abortion in the same ideology? Are some lives inherently more important than others? And I can only hope that you were being ironic when you said we would like to use a firing squad on 2nd Amendment advocates. If you don’t follow me, ask a liberal to explain this to you. Finally, your argument about marriage simply serves to illustrate your lack of education. If you did your research (look it up) you would know that marriage has meant different things in different countries and cultures throughout history – it has not always meant one man and one woman – in some cultures, it still doesn’t.

      • AFreeAmerican

        Spalding: “Are some lives inherently more important than others?”

        Ahhh, NO!

        Some lives are more INNOCENT than others, but noticing this detail requires intelligence way beyond the capabilities of the typical delusional lunatic liberal like Spalding.

        Spalding: If you did your research (look it up) you would know that marriage has meant different things in different countries and cultures throughout history – it has not always meant one man and one woman –
        in some cultures, it still doesn’t.

        The civilized & intelligent worldwide now uniformly call those countries & cultures “Backward”.

        I applaud Spalding for clearly revealing to the WORLD he is the graduate of so many “Self-Esteem” classes he so smugly full of himself & ignorant
        to know he is a first rate idiot.

    • Gustavo Reis

      Are you forcing me to believe in God?

    • Look up a very enlightening article titled ‘The Distress of the Privileged’ for an explanation of why your complaint with the way society is changing is not equal to the complaint of those who are being discriminated against.

  • AFreeAmerican

    Clearly – If you don’t think, believe & goosestep in
    Boot-clicking lockstep EXACTLY with the verbicidemagazine article writer you
    are to be savaged, denigrated, & pilloried. Sadly typical (it’s a stereotype!!)
    of hyper intolerant dumb sh*t leftists. The article writer is too stupid &
    hate filled to notice his own extremely vile bigotry & intolerance. With
    content like the above it is NO Wonder verbicidemagazine is a NOTHING!

    • Patrick Lyle

      Perhaps I missed it. Could you point out the bigotry from the author of the article?

  • Snakes on a Car

    Cultural Marxism can go burn in hell.

    • Gustavo Reis

      @snakesonacar:disqus, oh reactionary ultraconservative Christian, you can go to sky full of killers, rapists, misogynists, sexists, false moralists, hypocrites, psychopaths and sociopaths. I don’t believe in your Christian love. I will always deny your Jesus and your hateful and violent Christian religion.

  • William

    Did nobody grasp that the point of the article is essentially to help people stop hating each other for no real reason?

  • Snakes on a Car

    Did you know that progressiveism is a war on whites and a war on western civilization?

  • Sotto

    Being the genius that he is, Orson Scott Card already wrote his response in the same article these quotes were taken from:

    “The hypocrites of homosexuality are, of course, already preparing to answer these statements by accusing me of homophobia, gay-bashing, bigotry, intolerance; but nothing that I have said here — and nothing that has been said by any of the prophets or any of the Church leaders who have dealt with this issue — can be construed as advocating, encouraging, or even allowing harsh personal treatment of individuals who are unable to resist the temptation to have sexual relations with persons of the same sex. On the contrary, the teachings of the Lord are clear in regard to the way we must deal with sinners. Christ treated them with compassion..”

  • Todd Groves

    Wow. I wish I knew about Orson Scott Card’s homophobia before I watched Ender’s Game. I would’ve passed on it completely, and made a point of highlighting his anti-gay rhetoric.

    Plus, the belief that homosexuality is a choice is no different than thinking that heterosexuality is a choice. I’m straight. I didn’t CHOOSE to be straight. That’s how I was born. To even imply that straight people are BORN straight, but that gay people CHOOSE their orientation is the epitome of delusional thinking. I will never watch another Card movie or read anything he’s written. He doesn’t deserve the time of day, much less another penny from me.

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