Australian Lobby Uses Norway Tragedy As Excuse To Call For Video Game Ban
As if things couldn’t get more ridiculous and disrespectful, now the Australian Christian Lobby has jumped on the Norway tragedy was caused by games bandwagon. They’re calling the fact that Breivik gamed proof that games are a nefarious influence which must be purged from society. Their quote:
The studied indifference of this killer to the suffering he was inflicting, his obvious dehumanizing of his victims and the evil methodical nature of the killings have all the marks of games scenarios,” said Lobby MD Jim Wallace. “How can we allow the profits of the games industry and selfishness of games libertarians to place our increasingly dysfunctional society at further risk? Even if this prohibition were to save only one tragedy like this each twenty years it would be worth it.
Not to be flippant, but you know what’s missing from the Australian Christian Lobby’s assessment of Breivik’s crimes? His religion. OHSNAPSON.
More seriously, let me be clear that I’m not actually implying that the faith of the Australian Christian Lobby is identical to Breivik’s, or that being a Christian is somehow a warning sign of violent behavior. But if we’re going to start drawing conclusions, it might be more logical to examine Breivik’s actual beliefs instead of his hobbies. You know, the ones he spent over 1500 pages blathering on about? Blaming Dragon Age 2 or Modern Warfare won’t get us any close to understanding from where terrorist extremists draw their inspiration. But it will allow busybody meddlers to try forcing their birthday wish-list on everyone else.
I’d like to think we’re better than that. Aren’t we?