Following the criticism that I received after my post that posited the question of whether or not we need to have societal boundaries, I responded by asking whether the demarcation between the criminal and non is enough?
For me the “If people don’t like it, it’s their tough luck…” school of thought just does not nor indeed can it ever work. This came to mind again when I came across recent reports about the online video game ‘Muslim Massacre: the game of modern religious genocide’. As the Guardian describes it:
The game reaches a new low in bad taste and contains a blatantly destructive message. The game’s premise is that the US has declared war on Islam and invites players to take control of the American “hero” who will wipe out the Muslim race with “an arsenal of the world’s most destructive weapons”.
The “hero” uses machine guns and rocket launchers to kill as many Muslims as possible – ranging from terrorists and what appear to be civilians to Osama bin Laden, Muhammad and Allah.
The game’s creator, a freelance programmer called Sigvatr, describes the game as “fun and funny” and says to his critics: “Don’t whinge about how offensive and ‘edgy’ this is.”
He says: “Ultimately it’s just a game where you blow the gently caress (slang for a common swear word) out of Arabs…I don’t even know how to interpret it myself anymore. The bottom line is that I enjoyed making it and it’s fun to play.”
Unsurprisingly, various Muslim groups have decried the game as indeed have many others. Many – including non-Muslims – have called for it to be banned. But some have suggested that the game is more a critique of US foreign policy than of one that revels in the killing of Muslims.
‘If you don’t like it, tough’?
Or is the demarcation between the criminal and non enough?
I’ll leave it open to you to decide because I don’t think that we can have both.
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