Liberals wrestle with conscience over conservative artists

Liberals wrestle with conscience over conservative artists


With the advent of blogs and Twitter and other avenues for personal expression online, it has become ever easier for public figures (and private ones as well) to make known their personal opinions on all manner of subjects unrelated to their cause for fame. What’s interesting is that when some fans find their favorite author/actor/artist/what-have-you espousing ideas they find repugnant they have an existential crisis.

Now, to be sure, this is nothing new for most conservative and/or traditionally religious people. The ranks of the cultural elites are filled with those who espouse all kinds of liberal notions that are the opposite of our own cherished beliefs, even going so far as to express disgust for that to which we hold fast. We’ve become accustomed to that actor in our favorite show/movie or this author of our favorite book giving us pause. And with these celebrities venturing onto the Internet where they can make their opinions even more transparent, this becomes a more common occurrence.

What’s interesting is that liberal fans are now dealing with this problem. I’ve seen this crop up most recently with regard to Orson Scott Card, the author of the sci-fi classic “Ender’s Game” and a devout Mormon who espouses social conservative political views. Card has been a newspaper columnist and commentator for some time, but recently he’s been very vocal about the travesty of courts redefining marriage as well as giving free rein to abortion.

  • I’ve seen similar comments pertaining to Dean Koontz, whose conservative Catholic and right-leaning political views have become increasingly prominent in recent years.
    Secularists are all in a tizzy because of this. I know it’s wrong but I get a kick out of it.

  • With the Ender/Bean books Card established himself as the best SF writer of the age. The Call of Earth books are a great SF retelling of segments of the Book of Mormon. His works on the wives of the OT patriarchs make much of Genesis even more interesting.

    George Clooney is a supporter of Barrack the Obamassiah but I’ll still watch his movies. (Woody Allen is a different story. Him I avoid not because he’s a Lib but because he’s a perv.)

    Thanks for the tip that Card writes a column. I’ll look for it. I did know that he supported the Iraq War, but I have to forgive him and plenty of other people for that.

  • The very first Facebook I joined was “Orson Scott Card is the man!” We are huge Ender fans in my family, we all listen to the books on DVD. I purposely stray away from other people’s reviews because I don’t want to hear liberal commentary, or any commentary for that matter. The books have been the start of many discussions on various issues with the my kids, and that is fine with us.

    Hey, want to see something cute?

    Yes, I know, I’m a total geek…