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Wednesday, July 10, 2013 

Orson Scott Card answers his critics

Card gave the following statement to Entertainment Weekly (via MTV):
Ender’s Game is set more than a century in the future and has nothing to do with political issues that did not exist when the book was written in 1984.

With the recent Supreme Court ruling, the gay marriage issue becomes moot. The Full Faith and Credit clause of the Constitution will, sooner or later, give legal force in every state to any marriage contract recognized by any other state.

Now it will be interesting to see whether the victorious proponents of gay marriage will show tolerance toward those who disagreed with them when the issue was still in dispute.
I think the answer is no, they won't. To the leftists calling for a boycott of the Ender's Game movie and who opposed his writing a Superman story, any dissenter like him is considered unclean till the end of time. As one example, we have a writer at Wired who's still hostile to him regardless of what he's got to say now, claiming he only called for "violent" overthrow of the government and that:
...he's used his position as a popular author as a platform from which to spew increasingly aggressive anti-equality rhetoric like his comment in a 2004 essay that gays “cannot be permitted to remain as acceptable, equal citizens within that society.”
I tried searching that whole article with the CTRL-F option on my computer, and couldn't find any paragraph containing the sentence they "quote" from it (I couldn't find the words "cannot", "permitted", "acceptable", or any sentence matching what they quote-unquote, for that matter). Which means that Wired has put words in his mouth, falsely quoting his work in the op-eds business. I think they owe him an apology, but probably won't ever say they're sorry.

It's very possible that the attacks on Card will result in big business for the movie. If it does happen, that'll send a message that when you disrespect somebody to the point of slander taking their arguments out of context, to say nothing of turning truth into "hate speech", it only gets the opposite of what the left may hope for.

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