The Republican leader of the North Carolina state Senate has appointed Orson Scott Card to the board of trustees for the University of North Carolina’s public television affiliate. Card use to be known for the book Ender’s Game, but has, of late, become far more well known for the crazy stuff that has come out of his mouth.
The virulently anti-gay Card has, in recent years, said some pretty awful things. Back in 1990, he said “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.”
But, if you thin that the crazy stopped back in 1990, in 2004, he said “George W. Bush did all that he could to prepare to rid the world of Islamic terrorism prior to 9/11; and because of 9/11, he finally got the political support to make it possible to begin the real job.”
In 2012, after the election of President Obama to his second term, Card wrote “So yes, CBS, CNN, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, New York Times, Washington Post, and all the rest of you in the Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda: You won. But we know you now. We know just how low you’ll go, how compliant you will be with the Beloved Leader.” He also wrote “It’s hard to imagine how American press coverage would be different if Obama were a Hitler- or Stalin-style dictator, except of course that everyone at Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, and the Rhinoceros Times would be in jail. Or dead.”
This year, he went on record saying “… Obama will put a thin veneer of training and military structure on urban gangs, and send them out to channel their violence against Obama’s enemies. Instead of doing drive-by shootings in their own neighborhoods, these young thugs will do beatings and murders of people ‘trying to escape’ — people who all seem to be leaders and members of groups that oppose Obama. . .By the time Michelle has served her two terms, the Constitution will have been amended to allow Presidents to run for reelection forever. Obama will win by 98 percent every time. That’s how it works in Nigeria and Zimbabwe; that’s how it worked in Hitler’s Germany.”
Just the kind of person that the Republicans need to help gut public television, right?
It is not surprising that they would name Card to help run their national public television stations. After all, in the recent past they have passed extreme anti-women’s rights legislation, slashed unemployment benefits, funneled money to the rich, and instituted draconian voter suppression laws.
Mother Jones does get one thing wrong, though, in their story about this particular incident. They wrote that “Card’s appointment could be good news for fans of Dr. Who, reruns of which might be necessary to fill the holes left by all the other PBS offerings Card finds too objectionable to air.” That would be, of course, if Doctor Who still aired on PBS. It appears that Doctor Who has not been available to PBS since SyFy got the rights to them over a decade ago.