Controversial author named to UNC-TV Trustees
Controversial author Orson Scott Card has been named to the UNC-TV Board of Trustees.Posted — Updated
"We are pleased to welcome Mr. Card to the UNC-TV Board of Trustees,” Chairman Robb Teer said in a statement. “We are grateful for his willingness to serve and look forward to working with him to continue providing the people of our state with enriching, life-changing television in these challenging times.”
Not mentioned is recent controversy around Card's political writings, published in Greensboro's Rhinoceros Times.
"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," Card wrote.
The essay also theorized that the president might want to turn "urban men" into his own "Brown Shirts."
"Like Hitler, he needs a powerful domestic army to terrify any opposition that might arise," Card wrote. "In other words, Obama will put a thin veneer of training and military structure on urban gangs and send them out to channel their violence against Obama's enemies."
The author is also an outspoken opponent of same-sex marriage, prompting some activists to call for a boycott of the movie version of "Ender's Game," slated for release in the U.S. later this year.
He's also a vocal critic of what he calls the "Leftaliban" in academia, as well as the media in general (excepting Fox News), comparing them to "Nazis and Bolsheviks."
Card, who lives in Greensboro and is Distinguished Professor of Writing and Literature at Southern Virginia University, will serve a two-year term on UNC-TV's board.
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