Perhaps you’re already familiar with the DC Comics fiasco. If not, here’s a quick summary.
DC Comics hired Orson Scott Card to write some Superman comic book or another. Maybe it was an important decision, maybe not; I’m neither a fan of Superman nor of comic books in general (excepting “Watchmen”). Some agitator or another decided to whip the idiot masses into a fury about Card’s stated opinion against gay marriage, and the immorality of homosexuality in general. This is clearly crimethought, and even our great thoughtleaders must be held accountable for badspeak*.
To enforce a makeshift blacklist, the corrigible amalgamation created an online petition to demonstrate the untruth of their opinions to all and sundry with the greatest clarity possible: agreement among a very large group of people.
DC Comics, erstwhile bastions of faux-intellectualism, quickly fired Card. However, and though the prestige press would have you believe otherwise, this small evil is not unopposed:
Although it did not receive as much media attention, there is a petition asking DC comics not to go along with the brownshirt blacklist:
If, gentle reader, I have ever written a story or essay or joke or even a word that pleased you, in the name of all that is kind, just, wholesome, true, bright and good in life, take the moment to go and sign the petition.
If they succeed with Orson Scott Card, who is much more mild in his views than I, they will succeed with driving stories I write out of the market as well. So I am motivated, in part by self interest.
I motivated more by indignation that Politically Correct perverts have managed to besmirch the reputation of Superman. He now stands for Truth, Justice, and Censorship.
John C. Wright
Orson Scott Card Blacklisted for Christian Faith
Would that I could, Mr. Wright. However, the petition plainly says something I don’t believe:
We the undersigned, proud to call ourselves Superman fans, would like to voice our support of DC Comics’ decision to hire Orson Scott Card to write a story for the Adventures of Superman comic.
As I mentioned above, this is clearly untrue.
You may think I’m quibbling, but it is always good to err on the side of absolute honesty and silence. From the utilitarian position I consider that lies are impractical, unwieldy things that require constant vigilance and cleverness. Even if you are hiding Jews in your attic, it is better to say as many truthful things as possible to give credence to your small lies.
I am not a utilitarian, but rather a Christian with stereotypically Anglo-Saxon tendencies. I find myself incompetent to lie unless I have already lied to myself. This is a blessing in disguise, because when I am tempted to lie I know my evil heart has been up to some mischief.
So with very brief reflection I noted that signing this petition would affect DC’s business decision, though writ small. And however much I support Card (and plan to purchase a book of his in response to this quotidian parable of Soviet Amerika), I cannot say I would ever pay for a Superman story of any kind. I have no interest to buy a DC comic book, even from spite, and indeed I pray that someday they and their ilk will be smashed to pieces and replaced by a culture worth engaging my attention. It is therefore wrong for me to do this small evil in hope of achieving greater good.
And if I can’t be trusted with such trivial decisions, how can I be trusted with greater ones?
*Please forgive any etymological errors. I didn’t read all of the appendix to 1984.