Hugo-award winning author Orson Scott Card is under fire from gay activists, who are demanding that DC Comics fire him as a writer for an upcoming Adventures of Superman comic book. The activists are upset over Card's opposition to gay marriage, and have started an online petition to force the publisher to dismiss Card. The move to intimidate DC into firing Card has not yet been responded to by the publisher.
DC recently announced that Card would write the first issue of an upcoming Adventures of Superman comic that will detail the first meeting of the Man of Steel and his nemesis, Lex Luthor. Aaron Johnston wil co-write the story, with Chris Sprouse providing the art. Card is the author of the popular Ender's Game book series.
Card, an outspoken conservative, has opposed gay marriage, which has led to gay activists targeting him as a "homophobe" and "bigot." Several boycotts have been attempted against Card in the past, but that has not affected his status as a New York Times Bestselling author. His book Ender's Game is currently being made into a film starring Harrison Ford.
While a number of liberal-leaning news sites have promoted the petition to get Card fired, some are criticizing the move. BleedingCool.com writer Rich Johnston spoke out against the movement, saying "I think that's wrong...It’s a very dangerous game, it has led in the past to witchtrials, McCarthyite or otherwise...And next time? It could be you…" His opinion led to wide criticism and some ugly insults from the left directed at him, as he later reported.
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