You don't prevent a flame war by firing such a shot across the bow!
I don't know much about Orson Scott Card's work, I read the first book in his Seventh Son series many years ago and never went past that. At the time I was not into reading series of books. The same thing kept me from finishing the Thomas Covenant series. So while I had probably heard the title Ender's Game, I just didn't pay too much attention, even though I know that Mr. Card has allot of fans. I usually ending up waiting for movies to hit cable to see them anyway.
Then I saw all the hype about Mr. Card's remarks and the way he was vilified in the media, his studio tried to drop him and now I see that he is the subject of a thread on a Star Trek forum. When the first news came out I said I was going to go see this movie, even if it was bad. Mostly because of the way Orson Scott Card was treated. Apparently it is only appropriate to have an opinion if it is the right opinion. In terms of Star Trek, that is not what Jim Kirk stood for. Picard, maybe, but in TOS they actually liked diversity (Remember IDIC?).
Orson Scott Card did nothing that Sean Penn hasn't done, except that Sean Penn is a darling of the liberal media. For the record, I do not think that the opinions of celebrities carry any more weight than those of the rest of us, but in our country we seem to be craving a class of nobility we got rid of in the revolution. For some reasons celebrities have become that nobility, as long as they tow the line. Orson Scott Card did not tow that line so in the minds of some the First Amendment no longer applies to him. I will go see the movie just to support him, although I know it is more symbolic than anything as the studio gets the first cut and the theater after that. I have no delusions that the author will actually be effected by my attendance.
When I have seen the movie, I will be better able to discuss it's merits or lack thereof., but that was never really what this thread was about.