Peace Protesters Stalk America's Army Exhibit
Peace Protesters are following the America’s Army exhibit to its next venue after they forced changes to the presentation at Wisconsin’s Summerfest. The next stop for the exhibit is an airshow in Duluth, Minnesota. WAFF-48 news out of Huntsville, Alabama reports that a similar protest is planned for the airshow.
The America’s Army exhibit has the game set up in a Humvee. People have to be at least 17 before they’re allowed to climb in and take on virtual enemies. The exhibit is on tour visiting venues from Airshows to NASCAR.
Michele Naar-Obed, a volunteer for a group called Loaves and Fishes, is one of those opposed to the exhibit.
“I’m very upset over this. I think this is just insane that they would use this kind of venue to train our youth to kill people.”
U.S. Army SFC John Haymond finds her protest ironic under the circumstances.
“it’s kind of curious that some people would object to a virtual army experience game when the central draw to the Duluth Air Show is the Blue Angels who are flying F-18 Super Hornet strike aircraft, which last time I checked, was a military weapon.”
I have a hard time taking these protesters seriously. No one is being coerced into playing the game. The whole idea behind it is to simulate the experience of being in combat so that players can get a feel for whether the US Army might be a good fit for them.
Unfortunately, the events at Wisconsin’s Summerfest have encouraged these protesters and may in some eyes lend validity to their claims that the exhibit “glorifies” war. It often seems that those who cry most loudly for freedom of speech are the first to want to take it away from their opposition.