Orson Scott Card, the author of the beloved science fiction novel Ender’s Game, is a moral monster, guilty of advocating the most vile and draconian treatment of LGBT people. The homophobic author even went so far as to once call for the imprisonment of gays and lesbians.
Card is the great-great-grandson of Brigham Young, and a practicing member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a leader in the Mormon church, Card has been a vicious and vocal critic of the LGBT community.
In a 1990 essay Card wrote that the laws prohibiting homosexual behavior should "remain on the books” 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." In May 2013, after much public pressure, Card made a statement partially repudiating the disturbing, hatefilled essay, saying he now has “no interest in criminalizing homosexual acts.”
Card has described marriage equality as “the end of democracy in America,” and once stated that he regarded any government that would attempt to recognize same-sex marriage a "mortal enemy" that he would act to destroy. In 2009 he became a member of the board of directors of the National Organization for Marriage, an anti-gay hate group that campaigns against same-sex marriage. Card resigned from the Board earlier this year, after much public pressure and negative publicity.
Ender’s Game author Orson Scott Card is more than an 'opponent' of marriage equality. As a writer, he has spread degrading lies about LGBT people, calling us sexual deviants and criminals. As an activist, he sat on the board of the National Organization for Marriage and campaigned against our civil rights. Now he's a producer on the Ender's Game movie. Do not let your box-office dollars fuel his anti-gay agenda.
However, others point out that a boycott would not really punish Card because “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.”
Josh Dickey of The Wrap reports that Card will not benefit financially 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 from the film adaptation of his novel through a "decade-old deal."
Whether or not one goes to see Ender’s Game, the sad fact remains that a brilliant story teller has been ruined by religious superstition and ignorance. Card’s anti-gay homophobia, like almost all anti-gay homophobia, is a result of religious indoctrination. As such, Card ultimately deserves our sympathy: the moral monster is but another victim of the bigotry and ignorance entailed by religious superstition.