UK: Religious groups calling to ban online game
What's more newsworthy: A British newspaper trying to manufacture outrage, or an Italian company giving Muslims a censured version of their game? Or maybe this is just a new marketing ploy?
In any case, shouldn't Christian groups be a bit more upset at Molle Industria's Operation Pedopriest game?
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"This game is not intended to be offensive towards any religion.... the game contains a depiction of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. If you feel that such a depiction would be offensive, we ask that you play the censored version of the game in which the character's face has been removed. Or better yet, don't play the game at all."
Religious groups are calling for a ban on an online game where holy figures such as Jesus and the prophet Muhammad fight to the death.
Critics say the free Faith Fighter game is 'deeply provocative' and 'disrespectful' towards all world religions.
Muslims are particularly outraged because Islamic tradition prohibits drawings of Allah.
Hindus and Buddhists are also upset as the god Ganesha and Buddha are two of the six 'players'.
A spokesman for the Federation of Muslim Organisations said: 'In the current climate, this game can only create fear about religion. 'Having images depicting Muhammad in this way is also very offensive to our faith.'
Brian Appleyard, former chairman of the Buddhist Society, called the game an 'offensive futile project'.