If you saw any blockbuster this summer, you probably saw a trailer for Ender’s Game.
The casting looks great (Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley) and it is based on a book of the the same name that has been popular for decades. So what’s this rant about?
“Laws against homosexual behavior should remain on the books, not to be indiscriminately enforced against anyone who happens to be caught violating them, but to be used when necessary to send a clear message that those who flagrantly violate society’s regulation of sexual behavior cannot be permitted to remain as acceptable, equal citizens within that society.”
“Married people attempting to raise children with the hope that they, in turn, will be reproductively successful, have every reason to oppose the normalization of homosexual unions.”
The above are two examples of Orson Scott Card’s writings on homosexuality. (The first is from Sunstone Magazine, February 1990 and the second is from the Mormon Times in 2009.)
Orson Scott Card is a board member of the National Organization For Marriage which is consistently in the news for making horrific anti-gay statements. (A great place to read about some truly egregious statements made by the National Organization For Marriage, please see this write-up by the Southern Poverty Law Center.)
There is an effort to boycott the movie because of Orson Scott Card’s terrible views by Geeks Out (you can view their website where they layout the specific argument for the boycott here.) It remains to be seen how effective the boycott will be but it has forced Orson Scoot Card to address his views on homosexuality.
As someone who has not read Ender’s Game (it is sitting on a shelf, waiting to be read before the movie comes out), this publicity makes me very uncomfortable. I vehemently disagree with Orson Scott Card and consider the views the National Organization For Marriage puts out into the ether akin to hate speech. I do not want to give my money to someone with such abhorrent views. I am on the fence about boycotting the movie, but I certainly will have my distaste for the above quotes in my head if I do decide to watch Ender’s Game and finally read the book.
Does an author’s personal views make it difficult for you to read their books?