"Ender's Game"

Asa Butterfield, left, and Hailee Steinfeld star in "Ender's Game." (Richard Foreman / Summit Entertainment)

Orson Scott Card, the “Ender’s Game” novelist who ignited a firestorm over his comments about gay marriage, has written a paranoid essay comparing President Obama to Hitler in which he suggests Obama could be planning a coup to take over the United States.

In a post on his Civilization Watch blog called “Unlikely Events,” Card lays out a conspiracy-laden rant saying Obama wants to take over the country via a national police force driving around in armored cars — “thugs who will do his bidding without any reference to law” — and that Michelle Obama will be anointed to succeed him until “the Constitution will have been amended to allow Presidents to run for reelection forever.”

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Card prefaces his essay by saying that as a science-fiction writer his job is to “make impossible events seem not just possible but likely. Inevitable. “

He adds that “in predicting the future, we are bound by the same rules of plausibility that bind fiction writers, yet we must also respect the rules of evidence that bind historians.”

And while at the essay’s conclusion Card writes, “We don't seriously think any such thing will happen,” he immediately changes course, saying, “But if we learn anything from history, it's this: Anything can happen."

Over the course of some 3,000 words, he attacks Obama (who has the help of a willing accomplice with the news media) as being a dictator who has no interest in defending the country. And much worse.

Among Card’s more controversial statements:

  • “Having been anointed from the start of his career because he was that magical combination — a black man who talks like a white man (that's what they mean by calling him ‘articulate’ and a ‘great speaker’) — he has never had to work for a living, and he has never had to struggle to accomplish goals. He despises ordinary people, is hostile to any religion that doesn't have Obama as its deity, and his contempt for the military is complete.”
  • “Obama already acts as if the Constitution were just for show. Like Augustus, he pretends to govern within its framework, but in fact he treats it with contempt.”
  • “And you can be sure that those unionized teachers who spewed venom and hatred in Wisconsin will be ready to brainwash America's children about the glories of Obama-style ‘freedom.’ Any teachers who don't follow the union program will be fired.”
  • “Obama is, by character and preference, a dictator. He hates the very idea of compromise; he demonizes his critics and despises even his own toadies in the liberal press. He circumvented Congress as soon as he got into office by appointing ‘czars’  who didn't need Senate approval.”

Last month,  trying to impede a boycott of its “Ender’s Game” movie sparked by Card’s anti-gay-marriage remarks, Lionsgate issued a statement distancing itself from the novelist. The studio also said it will host an “Ender’s Game” benefit for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community.

Set for release Nov. 1, the sci-fi story adapts Card’s 1985 novel, set in a near future in which an alien race known as the Formics have attacked Earth. The movie stars Asa Butterfield as Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, a bright boy recruited to help humanity face future threats, and is directed by Gavin Hood (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”).

Card’s earlier remarks about the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Defense of Marriage Act prompted the gay rights organization Geeks Out to call for a boycott of “Ender’s Game.”

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“However much you may have admired his books, keep your money out of Orson Scott Card’s pockets,” the group said.

In its July statement, Lionsgate said, “As proud longtime supporters of the LGBT community, champions of films ranging from ‘Gods and Monsters’ to ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ and a company that is proud to have recognized same-sex unions and domestic partnerships within its employee benefits policies for many years, we obviously do not agree with the personal views of Orson Scott Card and those of the National Organization for Marriage.”

At the same time, the studio asked that moviegoers not conflate the politics of Card, who is a producer of “Ender’s Game,” with the movie itself.

The studio declined to comment further Thursday about Card’s latest essay.

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