At least when it comes to judging works of fiction – and yes, in general, not every single liberal. But that’s besides my main point here.
It’s actually very simple: The majority of writers are very, very liberal. A great many support causes I, personally, find repulsive. Joss Whedon is an ultra-feminist atheist. J.K. Rowling is a major supporter of gay marriage and the welfare state. I believe Daniel Handler/Lemony Snicket is a big gay marriage supporter, though I might have to double check that one. Douglas Adams is famously a very outspoken atheist.
And they are very much the norm, not the exception. So really, conservatives don’t actually have a choice most of the time but to separate the politics of the writers from the quality of the things they write. And guess what? The last time I checked conservatives did not organize a mass protest of “Serenity”. But “Ender’s Game”…
I am a fan of all of the writers I mentioned above. Amazingly, I have the ability to separate their politics from their writing ability.
Now contrast this to the liberal reaction to Orson Scott Card and Vox Day. Mass hysteria in the sci-fi world, people outright admitting that they would never be able to judge those works objectively, vile insults being hurled, and protests being organized. And now tell me that the conservatives are the close-minded ones.
I don’t buy the standard lines for a second.