Today I am working from a satellite location rather than work, so I can get some quality time done on the proposal to revamp the ELA sequence. Ironic that I can't get this done at the office, but the interruptions there are many.
I've got just a few moments to comment on Orson Scott Card's Hamlet's Father, and I'm going to take it from a slightly different angle than most others are.
All of the material I've looked at regarding this book indicates that Card is trying to link homosexuality with pedophilia. More than enough has been covered on the Internet disputing that claim. If you'd like the science, check out Simon LaVay and his books. Ivanka Savic-Bergstrom also has a study you need to read.
Let me see...science versus assumption. Homosexuals are made because conservatives say so. Nope...gonna go with the science. It's a logical test.
Are there homosexual pedophiles? Well, most likely, yes. But here's some research that would help Mr. Card to inform his opinion that homosexuality leads to pedophila.
Dr. Gregory Harek has done extensive research on predominant social attitudes toward homosexuals and pedophilia. Recommended reading would be his article on Facts about Homosexuality and Pedophilia
Of particular import: Pedophilia is a label for people who are attracted to children. Homosexuality is a label for people who are attracted to same sex adults. Heterosexuality is a label for people who are attracted to opposite sex adults.
Sometimes these people act upon their attractions. When a pedophile does, he/she is labeled a molester or an abuser. This distinction is important.
Further, Harek goes on to list articles which show the discriminatory views of society regarding minority groups and sexuality, and to show that homosexuals are no more or less likely than heterosexuals to abuse children.
...the important point is that many child molesters cannot be meaningfully described as homosexuals, heterosexuals, or bisexuals (in the usual sense of those terms) because they are not really capable of a relationship with an adult man or woman. Instead of gender, their sexual attractions are based primarily on age. These individuals – who are often characterized as fixated – are attracted to children, not to men or women.
There you have it. Harek also spends some time debunking articles from conservative think tanks that attempt to link homosexuals to molestation.
The quality of an argument has to be considered, rather than its loudness. Just because you believe something does not mean it is true, even if you know it, you just know it deep down inside, praise Jesus. We call that discrimination. Only the willfully ignorant could ignore the plethora of data available in even a casual Internet search, let alone the serious amount available in academia.
On a more personal note, I resent that Mr. Card has tried to link some of the excellent gay people that I know with the actions of adults like my father. Poorly done, sir, poorly done.