Thursday, March 22, 2012

Idiots in South Carolina think Ender's Game is Pornographic

This week a school district fool of morons has suspended a teacher for reading from Orson Scott Card's book 'Ender's Game'. There was apparently a complaint from a parent that the book was pornographic, I'm not sure how a book about preteen children that never mentions sex can be considered pornographic, and find it disgusting that the school bowed down to a parents complaint on this.
A Schofield Middle School teacher has been placed on administrative leave while officials investigate whether the teacher breached school policy or the law when he read to his class from a science fiction book described by one parent as pornographic. Sources said the teacher read from three books, among them"Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card, as part of the district's literacy initiative program. Card's 1985 novel won several science fiction awards and is listed on numerous children's literary review websites as appropriate for children 12 and up.
Enders Game has been one of my favorite books since I was a child. I honestly cannot remember at what age I was when I first read it. I would recommend this book to anyone, of any age and encourage everyone to read the entire original trilogy (Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead and Xenocide). The first book is a coming of age story set in a future where the Earth has been invaded once by an alien species and is launching a counter attack years later. Since the time of the initial invasion the entire population of earth has been on a strict war footing, with restrictions on breeding and industry to support the massive undertaking that is an interstellar war.

Unlike in most sci fi books that involve aliens, these are a truly alien species, and there has not been and will never be, any meaningful communication between humanity and the aliens. The setting of the story is used to discuss the morality of war, and what actions are acceptable in order to win, and save the species.

There is absolutely nothing in this book that should be censored, and this school district should be ashamed.

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