Longtime fans of the book Ender’s Game, like me, are anxiously looking forward to this November. That is when one of the most popular science fiction stories at long last gets released as a movie.
But recently some “queer geeks” (their term) have begun an online push to boycott the film – which, like the book, includes no commentary about homosexuality or “gay marriage” – called “Skip Ender’s Game.” As seen on the website, their outrage is based on a 23-year-old quote from the author (Orson Scott Card) about the immorality of homosexual behavior, and the fact that he is involved with the National Organization for Marriage.
Because of their disagreement with Card’s two-decade-old statement, they ask, “Do you really want to give this guy your money?” and encourage people to send the message “whatever he’s selling, we’re not buying” and to “not subsidize [the author’s] fear-mongering and religious bullying.” The boycott effort from the “queer geeks” has gotten some coverage from the press.
So why are these homosexual activists boycotting an event that has nothing to do with homosexual sodomy? Part of the reason is found in the difference between authentic tolerance and the fake “tolerance” espoused by the progressive left.
In the world of fake “tolerance,” being “tolerant” means accepting all views or opinions as equally true or valid as your own – not holding, much less uttering, opinions that elevate a particular view or value system as being morally or ethically right and holding others as wrong. It also means that those who express views that disagree with this dogma are, by definition, intolerant, and therefore ought to be marginalized or silenced in the name of “tolerance” (even by law if necessary).
In other words, dissent from fake “tolerance” is not to be tolerated because, in that world, “tolerance” is the supreme virtue and measure of the common good, notwithstanding the assumption of fake “tolerance” that no system of values is inherently or objectively superior to another.