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  • 'Ender's Game' Movie Profits Won't Go to Orson Scott Card

    11/01/2013 10:03:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 88 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | OCT 31, 2013 | Esther Zuckerman
    Orson Scott Card, the outspokenly homophobic author of the book Ender's Game, won't get any of the box office money from the movie that opens tomorrow. So is there still cause for boycott? Though there has been a call to boycott the film over Card's support of anti-gay causes, Josh Dickey of The Wrap reported yesterday evening that Card will not benefit—at least not directly—from the film's success. Sources "both inside and outside the companies that produced the" movie confirmed to Dickey that Card gets no back-end on the movie, and has already been paid the money he will get...
  • Orson Scott Card Worries About Obama Turning "Urban Gangs" Into His Personal Police Force

    10/13/2013 3:13:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Slate ^ | August 14, 2013 | David Weigel (member, Ezra Klein's journ-o-list)
    The controversy over Orson Scott Card's opposition to gay marriage appears to have simmered down. Maybe it'll kick up again as the Ender's Game premiere closes in, but it shouldn't—Card's religious objection to gay marriage is shared by a substantial minority of Americans, and holding it against him is a little pat. The actual outrage over what's happening to gay Russians appears to have captured all the anger being directed Card's way. That's good! The gay marriage foofarah was a distraction from Card's much more fascinating political paranoia. His last column on politics is a sort of masterpiece of that...
  • Ender's Game - Final Trailer - Official - 2013

    08/06/2013 11:59:11 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 23 replies
    YouTube ^ | August 6, 2013 | SummitScreeningRoom
    ENDER'S GAME is an epic adventure starring Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis and Abigail Breslin. Based on the best-selling, award winning novel. Only in theaters November 1, 2013.
  • Why Do We Boycott 'Ender's Game' But Give Roman Polanski An Oscar?

    08/03/2013 12:43:41 PM PDT · by Ripliancum · 76 replies
    policy mic ^ | 7/1/2013 | Angie Hartley
    Orson Scott Card, whose science-fiction book Ender's Game is being released as a film, is a conservative Mormon with a long history of attacking gay people and their rights. He's also one of the most respected sci-fi writers of all time. This has really got sci-fi fans and gay rights activists in a moral dilemma as the momentum for the film builds up to its November 1 release. Orson Scott Card has gone far beyond opposing gay marriage. In 1990, he wrote in Mormon publication Sunstone Magazine, “Laws against homosexual behavior should remain on the books, not to be indiscriminately...
  • ‘Ender’s Game’ Author Speaks Out on Boycott of Movie Version Over His Anti-Gay Marriage Statements

    07/09/2013 4:25:52 PM PDT · by Ripliancum · 87 replies
    Yahoo Movie Talk ^ | July 9th, 2013 | Mark Deming
    The author of the novel "Ender's Game" has spoken out about the controversy that's flared up over the upcoming movie adaptation in the past few days, but he doesn't sound eager to smooth ruffled feathers, declaring the statements that angered fans are "moot." Geeks OUT, a group that "rallies, empowers, and promotes the queer geek community," are calling for a boycott of the "Ender's Game" movie based on statements about gay marriage made by Orson Scott Card, who wrote the much-loved young adult sci-fi novel in 1985. Card, a strongly outspoken opponent of gay marriage, wrote of the subject in...
  • Who's Gearing Up to Boycott Harrison Ford’s 'Ender's Game' Film? [boycott = publicity = more sales]

    07/09/2013 3:19:10 AM PDT · by grundle · 45 replies ^ | July 8, 2013 | Bryan Enk
    It's one of the most highly anticipated films of the upcoming holiday movie season, though "Ender's Game" now has a considerable amount of controversy to go with the hype. Geeks OUT has launched an online protest of the film due to author Orson Scott Card being an outspoken opponent of gay marriage. Called "Skip Ender's Game," the boycott urges potential audiences to steer clear of the film, which is based on Card's popular 1985 novel. "Do NOT see this movie! Do not buy a ticket at the theater, do not purchase the DVD, do not watch it on-demand," Geeks OUT...
  • 'Ender's Game' author Orson Scott Card responds to critics: The gay marriage issue is 'moot'

    07/08/2013 5:15:38 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 32 replies ^ | July 8, 2013
    Responding to reports of a nascent boycott against the upcoming movie version of his beloved 1985 sci-fi novel Ender’s Game because of his stated opposition to same-sex marriage, author Orson Scott Card has released a statement exclusively to EW. He declares the gay-marriage issue “moot” due to last month’s Supreme Court rulings. He also makes a plea for gay-marriage supporters to “show tolerance toward those who disagreed with them when the issue was still in dispute.” His full statement is below.
  • First Ender's Game trailer released

    05/07/2013 1:20:15 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 7, 2013 | SummitScreeningRoom
  • First Look: A (Very) Brief Introduction to 'Ender's Game'

    05/04/2013 9:56:38 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 23 replies
    Yahoo ^ | May 3, 2013 | Mark Deming
    Are you a fan of Orson Scott Card's best-selling young adult science fiction novel "Ender's Game"? Are you eager for the first glimpse of the film adaption that's due in theaters in November? Well, the good news is it's up on line, and don't worry – it won’t take long at all for you to check it out. "Ender's Game" is vying to become the next major movie franchise based on a hot young adult literary property, and while fans will have to wait until May 7 to see the first full trailer, what could be described as a trailer...
  • Gay Kryptonite

    03/21/2013 8:04:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Taki's Magazine ^ | March 12, 2013 | Kathy Shaidle
    Gay activists insist that “faggot” comes from the word for the kindling beneath the feet of heretical homosexuals. That’s a lie. But while the word “faggot” doesn’t come from “a bundle of sticks,” the word “fascist” does. Funny, that. Behold: In the name of “truth, justice and the American way,” a renowned science-fiction writer has just been condemned to (professional) death for expressing his views on homosexuality in a tiny Mormon magazine almost twenty-five years ago. Orson Scott Card wrote the beloved 1985 Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novel Ender’s Game“ about the innocence of a child winning out over war...
  • 'Superman' Artist Quits Over Protests Surrounding Anti-Gay Marriage Writer

    03/05/2013 4:02:19 PM PST · by Bratch · 20 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | March 5, 2013 | Breitbart News
    The artist assigned to illustrate author Orson Scott Card's upcoming Superman series for DC Comics is leaving the gig in the wake of protests regarding Card's views on gay issues.
  • Gay Rights Campaign Against Card Pernicious and Counter-Productive

    02/16/2013 3:27:50 PM PST · by Marcus · 1 replies
    Yahoo Voices ^ | Feb. 14, 2013 | Mark R. Whittington
    The same-sex marriage wars took a decidedly ugly turn, according to the Washington Times, when a group of gay activists started a petition to demand that DC Comics fire a Mormon writer for his opposition to gay marriage. The writer in question is Orson Scott Card, best known for his science fiction novels such as "Ender's Game," soon to be a major motion picture starring, among others, Harrison Ford. Card has been employed by DC Comics as a writer for its new digital product, "Adventures of Superman."
  • Gay rights activists demand DC Comics fire Mormon Superman writer (Orson Scott Card)

    02/13/2013 1:03:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 13, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    <p>A writer for DC Comics‘ Superman series has come under attack by homosexual rights activists, who view his work as anti-gay and want him fired.</p> <p>Orson Scott Card is one of a team of writers and artists to create the new digital DC Comics product, “Adventures of Superman,” according to a report from Fox News. Mr. Card is a Mormon and vocal opponent of gay marriage. Fox News reported he once referred to same-sex marriage as the end of democracy in American and suggested “the left is at war with the family.”</p>
  • DC Comics targeted for hiring anti-gay author to write Superman story

    02/12/2013 10:42:52 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 22 replies
    © 1995-2013 Comic Book Resources. All Rights Reserved. ^ | February 12, 2013 @ 08:01 AM | by Kevin Melrose
    Just days after announcing its latest digital-first anthology Adventures of Superman, DC Comics faces a growing wave of criticism for hiring Ender’s Game author, and vocal gay-rights opponent, Orson Scott Card to write the first chapter. An online petition calling on the publisher to drop the “virulently anti-gay writer” has already drawn more than 4,800 signers.... Although Card is best known for his award-winning 1985 novel Ender’s Game, he has become notorious for outspoken views on homosexuality and his advocacy against gay rights.... Adventures of Superman debuts online April 29 and in print May 29.
  • DC Comics under fire for hiring anti-gay writer to pen Superman

    02/12/2013 6:24:34 AM PST · by PapaBear3625 · 48 replies
    GuardianUK ^ | 11 February 2013 | Dominic Rushe
    Ender's Game author Orson Scott Card has called gay marriage 'the end of democracy' – and some comics fans want him fired Superman fans are up in arms at the decision of the publisher to appoint a noted anti-gay writer to pen the Man of Steel's latest adventures. Comic giant DC has commissioned Orson Scott Card, author of the award-winning and best-selling Ender's Game sci-fi series, to write for DC's Adventures of Superman series. The digital comic is set to be published in April. The news has sparked a furious backlash from Card's critics. Card is a long-time critic of...
  • Campaign To Get Orson Scott Card Fired From Superman Begins

    02/09/2013 5:10:35 PM PST · by Bratch · 26 replies
    Bleeding Cool ^ | February 9, 2013 | Rich Johnston
    Campaign To Get Orson Scott Card Fired From Superman BeginsPosted on February 9, 2013 by Rich Johnston What if Jack Chick wrote Superman? Courtesy of Kat Rocha. So, yesterday I wrote an article in response to requests I’d had to promote an organised campaign to boycott DC, Superman and to get Orson Scott Card fired off the Superman Adventures book for being an anti-gay marriage activist and holding virulent homphobic views. Instead I wrote a piece taking issue with that concept. That I found the idea of campaigning to get a writer fired because you disagreed with his beliefs, however...
  • 'Ender's Game': Harrison Ford stares down Asa Butterfield in first photo

    12/06/2012 12:21:15 PM PST · by EveningStar · 77 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | December 5, 2012 | Grady Smith
    Anyone who has read Orson Scott Card’s beloved 1985 sci-fi novel, Ender’s Game, can understand why, for the past 20 years, Hollywood has been unable to adapt the book. After all, it’s challenging enough to shoot a movie about pint-sized military recruits fighting each other in a futuristic, space-set Battle School, but it’s an even taller order to capture the novel’s complex themes about war and morality...
  • Democracy Did Not Fail

    11/12/2012 6:17:18 PM PST · by gymbeau · 15 replies
    The Ornery American ^ | Nov. 8, 2012 | Orson Scott Card
    Democracy Did Not Fail To you newspeople at CBS, CNN, ABC, NBC. To you journalists at the New York Times, the Washington Post, at newspapers all over America. You did it. You won. You were able to get Barack Obama his second term. You knew that if you told the American people the truth, they would not have reelected this man. Americans don't vote to reelect a commander-in-chief who abandons our soldiers and agents and ambassadors when they're under enemy fire. But you, confident that you are much wiser than the American people, you decided we had no reason to...
  • "Let's Unlose This war"

    10/12/2012 3:26:13 PM PDT · by TexasBarak · 11 replies ^ | October 4, 2012 | Orson Scott Card
    The reason it is so depressing to read Alone, the middle volume of William Manchester's biography of Winston Churchill, is not because the British government was so obtuse in failing to listen to Churchill's constant warnings about the rising menace of Adolf Hitler. Why should that be depressing? After all, when Hitler finally got the war he had wanted for so long, Churchill was elevated at last to be prime minister of Britain, and in that position he saved Britain and, by the way, the world. So this is the prelude to a tale of triumph. It is sad to...
  • Civilization Watch

    Isn't it funny to watch the Obama administration erupt in outrage (dutifully followed by their media pets) over Romney daring to criticize their astonishingly inept handling of the embassy invasions in Egypt and Libya? Remember candidate Obama in 2008? Russia invaded the nation of Georgia – once part of its empire – and Obama, far from pursuing a "unified" foreign policy, criticized the Bush administration's handling of the affair. Said Obama at the time, "This is a matter that should be left to the United Nations."
  • Ender's Game: The Movie

    07/14/2012 9:35:42 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 36 replies
    Multiple | July 14, 2012
    Orson Scott Card's 1985 Hugo and Nebula Award winning science fiction novel, Ender's Game, is finally coming to the cinema. Principal photography has been completed. The film is in post production and is scheduled for release on November 1, 2013. Gavin Hood is the director and Card is one of the producers. Asa Butterfield is in the title role and other cast members include, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Moises Arias, Aramis Knight, Hailee Steinfeld, Jimmy Pinchak, Abigail Breslin, and Viola Davis. For more information, see IDMb, Wikipedia, and the Ender's Game Blog.
  • Orson Scott Card: Thoughts on Ray Bradbury

    06/08/2012 6:42:18 PM PDT · by neverdem · 28 replies
    National Review Online ^ | June 7, 2012 | Orson Scott Card
    The year was 1969. I was 18 or so.I stood in front of the small science-fiction section of the Brigham Young University bookstore, taking I Sing the Body Electric from the shelf, hefting it, opening it, reading just a little, then putting it back.I had too much respect for books in general, and for this book in particular, even to imagine reading the whole thing without paying for it.But it was a hardcover. Not a discounted book-club edition — the real thing, at full price. And I was a college student, pretty close to broke. Buying this book would...
  • South Carolina Teacher Suspended For Reading 'Ender's Game' To Middle School Students

    03/20/2012 12:36:10 PM PDT · by fremont_steve · 54 replies · 1+ views
    Forbes ^ | 3/19/2012 | Erik Kane
    In South Carolina a teacher has been placed on administrative leave for reading excerpts of Orson Scott Card’s science fiction classic Ender’s Game to his middle school students.
  • Orson Scott Card: Obama Spits on the Constitution

    10/24/2010 6:04:49 PM PDT · by neverdem · 42 replies
    Rhinoceros Times ^ | September 19, 2010 | Orson Scott Card
    What do you do if you're President and you want to nominate an extreme leftist to be in charge of American banking and consumer lending? By law, the position requires the advice and consent of the Senate, and you know that your candidate for the job will never be confirmed. Many in your own party won't vote for her. It will be a big public relations mess. Here's what you do, if you're Barack Obama. You appoint her to a much lower-level position, an advisory one that doesn't require Senate confirmation. But then you instruct the Secretary of the Treasury...
  • Orson Scott Card on Obama, a lying radical leftist who breaks promises, and his incompetent clowns

    09/25/2009 7:19:05 AM PDT · by Tolik · 49 replies · 3,306+ views
    Greensboro Rhino Times ^ | September 24, 2009 | Orson Scott Card
    We didn't have political articles by Orson Scott Card for awhile, and here is one with promises of more. For those who don't know who he is: Orson Scott Card is one of the best living Sci-Fi writers. His Ender's series are enormously popular and translated to many languages. His websites attract attention of readers from all over the world.Since 9/11 he wrote many political essays. He is a conservative democrat of a Zell Miller type (there are still a few around) who is upset with hijacking of his party by the Left. He considers himself a moderate, which (some...
  • Are new 'Puritans' gaining? (OPEN)

    03/20/2009 7:55:01 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 21 replies · 503+ views
    Mormon Times | March 19, 2009 | Orson Scott Card
         Are new 'Puritans' gaining?   By Orson Scott Card Thursday, Mar. 19, 2009     It was interesting to see how many American religions had lost ground in the past two decades, according to the American Religious Identification Survey. With all our missionary work, we Latter-day Saints merely managed to keep pace with population growth in America, remaining at a steady 1.4 percent of the population. In fact, Mormons were the only group to show no change at all, relative to the America as a whole. We're swimming as fast as we can -- just to stay...
  • Orson Scott Card: Big Love? Big Deal

    03/13/2009 11:25:57 AM PDT · by neverdem · 46 replies · 1,466+ views
    National Review Online ^ | March 13, 2009 | Orson Scott Card
    March 13, 2009, 4:00 a.m. Big Love? Big DealYes, Mormons are targets, but let’s not get too excited about it. By Orson Scott Card In the aftermath of Proposition 8, it’s open season on Mormons, and the producers of HBO’s series Big Love are in the best position to give the Mormons (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) a big slap. The series focuses on members of one of several splinter groups that have left the Mormon Church over the issue of polygamy. To understand what this means to Mormons, it’s worth indulging in a little history....
  • Orson Scott Card: One Party Rule Forever! [Obama's coup d'etat - census to Rahm Emanuel]

    02/23/2009 7:42:48 AM PST · by Tolik · 58 replies · 3,643+ views ^ | February 19, 2009 | Orson Scott Card
    Because the mainstream press refuses to see anything wrong in the Obama administration, even the most outrageous actions are given astonishingly gentle treatment – if they get any treatment at all. So of course we hear almost nothing about the coup d'etat that is under way in the White House. People have been talking about a "historic realignment," but of course that is nonsense. Most Americans report mostly conservative viewpoints on most issues. That hasn't changed. What will change, apparently, is how many voters the Obama administration can produce out of thin air to swing the next election. And as...
  • One Party Rule Forever!

    02/20/2009 1:33:57 PM PST · by lady lawyer · 28 replies · 1,262+ views
    Rhinoceros Times ^ | February 19, 2009 | Orson Scott Card
    Because the mainstream press refuses to see anything wrong in the Obama administration, even the most outrageous actions are given astonishingly gentle treatment – if they get any treatment at all. So of course we hear almost nothing about the coup d'etat that is under way in the White House. People have been talking about a "historic realignment," but of course that is nonsense. Most Americans report mostly conservative viewpoints on most issues. That hasn't changed. What will change, apparently, is how many voters the Obama administration can produce out of thin air to swing the next election. And as...
  • Orson Scott Card: Obama and the Press

    01/30/2009 8:31:34 AM PST · by Tolik · 30 replies · 2,172+ views ^ | January 29, 2009 | Orson Scott Card
    I don't know about you, but I thought it was a delicious moment when President Obama made his condescending handshaking visit to the press room and got testy when the reporters insisted on asking him questions. "If you keep asking questions I won't be able to do this any more," he says, sternly, like a father saying, "Do I have to turn this car around?" He was so arrogant that I laughed out loud.  And also unbelievably dumb about the press. This guy, who got the gentlest treatment by the press in any political campaign ever (while they made grossly...
  • Stay Home Or Go To The Movies? [Orson Scott Card reviews Eagle Eye and pummels Hollywood]

    11/17/2008 6:20:17 AM PST · by Tolik · 65 replies · 1,981+ views ^ | November 13, 2008 | Orson Scott Card
    <...excerpted, the first half of the article is at the link>... Which brings me, at long last, to Eagle Eye. We went because we like Shia LaBeouf. Period. No other reason. And he came through for us – the same earnest everyman quality that made Nicolas Cage and Tom Hanks such beloved stars. The same combination of kindness and goofiness that makes us care when they are in danger – LaBeouf is the best thing to emerge from the Disney stable since Sean Connery. (Are you forgetting Darby O'Gill?) Director D.J. Caruso, whose work I had seen none of, is...
  • Orson Scott Card on Blog Talk Radio's A Field Guide to American Politics - Tonight at 8:30

    11/02/2008 5:17:49 PM PST · by Bodhi1 · 253+ views
    All American Blogger ^ | 11/2/08 | Duane Lester
    Orson Scott Card got a lot of attention recently for his article, "Would the Last Honest Reporter Please Turn On the Lights?"Here's a taste: Your job, as journalists, is to tell the truth. That's what you claim you do, when you accept people's money to buy or subscribe to your paper. But right now, you are consenting to or actively promoting a big fat lie -- that the housing crisis should somehow be blamed on Bush, McCain and the Republicans. You have trained the American people to blame everything bad -- even bad weather -- on Bush, and they are...
  • What Really Matters As We Vote

    10/29/2008 6:40:23 AM PDT · by Jack Bull · 15 replies · 459+ views
    The Ornery American ^ | 10/29/08 | Orson Scott Card
    <p>Sometimes it seems like this election is one big pillow fight. The air is now so full of floating feathers that it's hard to see the furniture, and the media isn't helping, as they blow the fluff around.</p> <p>But there are solid issues in this election, and how we vote will have lasting effect on our future.</p>
  • Orson Scott Card: Would the Last Honest Reporter Please Turn On the Lights? (Devastating)

    10/20/2008 10:29:44 AM PDT · by quesney · 108 replies · 10,461+ views
    Meridian Magazine ^ | Orson Scott Card
    Would the Last Honest Reporter Please Turn On the Lights? By Orson Scott Card Editor's note: Orson Scott Card is a Democrat and a newspaper columnist, and in this opinion piece he takes on both while lamenting the current state of journalism. An open letter to the local daily paper — almost every local daily paper in America: I remember reading All the President's Men and thinking: That's journalism. You do what it takes to get the truth and you lay it before the public, because the public has a right to know. This housing crisis didn't come out of...
  • Would the Last Honest Reporter Please Turn On the Lights?

    An open letter to the local daily paper – almost every local daily paper in America: I remember reading All the President's Men and thinking: That's journalism. You do what it takes to get the truth and you lay it before the public, because the public has a right to know. This housing crisis didn't come out of nowhere. It was not a vague emanation of the evil Bush administration. It was a direct result of the political decision, back in the late 1990s, to loosen the rules of lending so that home loans would be more accessible to poor...
  • Barack Obama, Spinmeister

    09/20/2008 9:51:05 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 13 replies · 246+ views
    We don't need a president who hasn't the courage to admit that his previous policy failed and openly change his mind -- the way President Bush did when he determined to change strategy and execute the surge. We saw your true colors when you sneered at white middle-class voters who cling to guns and religion because they're bitter, as if an entire class of "those people" can be analyzed and dismissed in a sentence. McCain was not my choice for President at the beginning of the campaign a couple of years ago, Mr. Obama. You were. I rooted for you....
  • Nobody Was Listening

    09/03/2008 11:51:06 AM PDT · by Bushwacker777 · 12 replies · 200+ views
    The Ornery American ^ | August 10, 2008 | Orson Scott Card
    "In the election coming in November, we face the kind of choice that shapes the future of nations. On the one hand, we have an irascible Republican who is wrong as often as he is right, but at least has the courage to act according to his conscience often enough to earn the enmity of party hacks. On the other hand, we have a candidate who has shown himself to be a complete captive of the intellectual elite, voting their party line in Congress, sneering in private at ordinary citizens that he does not even try to understand, wrapping himself...
  • Nobody Was Listening

    They were right. Starting at the moment of his famous address at Harvard in 1978 (see, Solzhenitsyn became, in effect, mute. Why? Because the cultural elite of the West is just as unhappy to hear itself criticized as the political elite of the Soviet Nomenklatura. How dare Solzehenitsyn fail to recognize that the American intellectual establishment was not in possession of Truth! How dare he point out that in our arrogance, we of the West were as blind to our own doom as the Communists? Let me quote just one passage from Solzhenitsyn's speech: "A decline in courage may...
  • State job is not to redefine marriage (Orson Scott Card)

    07/29/2008 8:04:31 PM PDT · by Harrius Magnus · 23 replies · 281+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | 07/24/2008 | Orson Scott Card
    The first and greatest threat from court decisions in California and Massachusetts, giving legal recognition to "gay marriage," is that it marks the end of democracy in America. These judges are making new law without any democratic process; in fact, their decisions are striking down laws enacted by majority vote. The pretext is that state constitutions require it -- but it is absurd to claim that these constitutions require marriage to be defined in ways that were unthinkable through all of human history until the past 15 years. And it is offensive to expect us to believe this obvious...
  • Orson Scott Card: Obama's Real Religion [Environmentalism]

    06/04/2008 4:52:05 AM PDT · by Tolik · 51 replies · 1,033+ views ^ | May 25, 2008 | Orson Scott Card
    In all the flap about Obama's reckless comments about Iran, Cuba, and Venezuela not posing a threat to the U.S. because they're small and spend less on their military than we do, one statement he made has gone virtually unnoticed. Yes, it's important to realize that we have a presidential candidate who actually believes that the Soviet Union once told the U.S. "We're going to wipe you off the planet" (they never did). Is it as important as Gerald Ford's gaffe when he declared that Poland was a free country -- back when it was under Russian domination? Let's not...
  • Orson Scott Card: Appeasement Candidates [Obama, Clinton]

    05/23/2008 12:09:06 PM PDT · by Tolik · 28 replies · 327+ views ^ | May 22, 2008 | Orson Scott Card
    It would have been so simple for Obama to handle this like a statesman instead of a whiner. President Bush went to Israel to affirm America's ironclad support of Israel's survival as a nation. While there are Americans who don't agree with it, this has been the policy of the United States from the foundation of Israel on. President Bush didn't invent the policy, but he affirms it more vigorously and intelligently than most presidents have done. President Bush said, "Some seem to believe that we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade...
  • J.K. Rowling, Lexicon and Oz (Orson Scott Card Smackdown!)

    05/02/2008 7:19:09 AM PDT · by dr.zaeus · 38 replies · 417+ views
    Linear Publishing ^ | 04/24/2008 | Orson Scott Card
    Can you believe that J.K. Rowling is suing a small publisher because she claims their 10,000-copy edition of The Harry Potter Lexicon, a book about Rowling's hugely successful novel series, is just a "rearrangement" of her own material. Rowling "feels like her words were stolen," said lawyer Dan Shallman. Well, heck, I feel like the plot of my novel Ender's Game was stolen by J.K. Rowling. A young kid growing up in an oppressive family situation suddenly learns that he is one of a special class of children with special abilities, who are to be educated in a remote training...
  • Revelation is pure, but words are translation (LDS Caucus)

    02/07/2008 7:57:05 PM PST · by restornu · 51 replies · 187+ views
    Deseret Morming News ^ | Published: February 7, 2008 | By Orson Scott Card
    IT WAS THE last Sunday of 2007, and I was preparing to substitute for our gospel doctrine teacher, who had just had her second child. The text of the lesson was the book of Revelation, chapters 5, 6 and 19 through 22. I read of the "golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints" (5:8), and I thought: Wouldn't it be much more convenient if all the images in this book could come with a nice little explanation like that? And then it dawned on me: Maybe the explanation was given only where the meaning would not...
  • Stalking Santa, Cookies, Rules, Talk Show

    12/03/2007 4:31:23 PM PST · by fromscratchmom · 2 replies · 91+ views
    Uncle Orson Reviews Everything ^ | November 18, 2007 | Orson Scott Card
    In the News & Record last Sunday, Lewis Beale of Newsday wrote about how "War films can be hard for Hollywood to peddle." It seems that "of the four flms released in the past six months dealing with the current world situation -- all with big-name stars and the full Hollywood studio push -- none earned a profit in its initial theatrical release." Stephen Bochco explains the failure of these war films (as of his own TV series on the war, Over There) by saying, "It's a hugely unpopular war, and there's a staggering amount of depressing coverage.... I don't...
  • Word from a Soldier in Iraq [a letter from a sergeant in Iraq to Orson Scott Card]

    11/12/2007 4:48:58 AM PST · by Tolik · 20 replies · 157+ views
    Rhino Times, Greensboro, NC ^ | November 08, 2007 | Orson Scott Card
    On Monday I got a letter from a friend of mine who is a sergeant in the US Army. With permission of his commanding officer (he does not reveal any classified information), I'm sharing it with you. He writes: I've been on the ground in Iraq for a few weeks now, and thought I'd chime in with a grunt's-eye view. In Sadr Al-Yusifiyah, an area to the East of Anbar province (just across the Euphrates from Anbar, actually), things are moving in a very interesting and hopeful direction. About six months ago, something happened that the Americans are calling "The...
  • Orson Scott Card: Civilized Religion

    11/05/2007 11:16:12 AM PST · by Tolik · 37 replies · 710+ views
    The Rhinoceros Times, Greensboro, NC ^ | November 01, 2007 | Orson Scott Card
    There are those who would like to tell you that no religion is civilized, but these tend to be people whose ignorance of history is so profound as to appear deliberate. Human beings sometimes do terrible things, and when they do, they invariably find reasons to invoke their belief system, whatever it is, to excuse their bad behavior. Thus Communists have committed their barbarities in the name of "the good of the people," just as Christians and Muslims and practically everybody else, when they decided certain people needed killing or oppressing, found a way to excuse themselves in the name...
  • Orson Scott Card: Nobel Prize for Literature Awarded to Roomful of Monkeys?[AlGore & Global Warming]

    10/23/2007 1:45:31 PM PDT · by Tolik · 49 replies · 1,939+ views
    Rhino Times ^ | October 18, 2007 | Orson Scott Card
    So Al Gore gets the Nobel Peace Prize, and my wife says to me, "Wow. First time they ever gave the peace prize for religion." So true. And so sad. What has Al Gore done for the world? Ran loaded hearings in the Senate to promote the idea of global warming with no evidence worth a bucket of ... whatever it was John Nance Garner said was in such a bucket. Then he was President Clinton's pet veep, treated with genial contempt, which he earned by his incompetence at running even an inconsequential office like that. Then he tried to...
  • Orson Scott Card: Phony Soldiers and Patriotism

    10/23/2007 11:57:55 AM PDT · by Tolik · 60 replies · 477+ views
    The Ornery American ^ | October 7, 2007 | Orson Scott Card
    It was quite a spectacle. Democratic Congressmen and Senators standing there denouncing Rush Limbaugh for attacking American soldiers by calling them "phony." We already know how much they hate Limbaugh and other conservative radio talk show personalities. Talk radio is the only part of the American media that the Left does not already control, one way or another; that's why they're trying to reintroduce the "fairness" doctrine (equal time for all points of view) only for talk radio, while the media the Left controls remains "unfair." But if they can make Rush Limbaugh look unAmerican, unpatriotic, well -- then all...
  • Phony Soldiers and Patriotism

    It was quite a spectacle. Democratic congressmen and senators standing there denouncing Rush Limbaugh for attacking American soldiers by calling them "phony." We already know how much they hate Limbaugh and other conservative radio talk show personalities. Talk radio is the only part of the American media that the Left does not already control, one way or another; that's why they're trying to reintroduce the "fairness" doctrine (equal time for all points of view) only for talk radio, while the media the Left controls remains "unfair." But if they can make Rush Limbaugh look unAmerican, unpatriotic, well – then all...
  • Ethnic Cleansing or "Amnesty"

    So the election grows closer, and it's time to satisfy all those people who have been demanding that we put a stop to illegal immigration. The failure of the so-called "amnesty bill" leaves the government no choice other than expulsion of anyone without papers. The National Guard is activated and the city and state police forces are nationalized. Sweeps of Hispanic neighborhoods round up all the Spanish-speaking people with brown skin and sort them out according to who has the right documentation. Six million of them are found to be illegal immigrants. They are loaded into buses, trucks, cattle cars...