American Islamic Group Calls on WalMart to Drop Kid Vid that Promotes Religious Warfare
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Tue Dec 19, 2006 at 11:56:02 PM EST
The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has joined a growing chorus of groups that have asked WalMart to stop stocking Left Behind:  Eternal Forces, a video game that promotes religious warfare to children.  The recent press conference held by DefCon, (Committee to Defend the Constitution,) Talk to Action and Christian Alliance for Progress toannounce the effort to get WalMart to stop stocking the game made news around the world. [image: detail from a painting depicting the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre in which French Catholics slaughtered thousands of French Protestants.
Here is the CAIR press release in its entirety.

CAIR Asks Wal-Mart to Drop Game Glorifying Religious Violence

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 PRNewswire-USNewswire -- The Council on American-
Islamic Relations (CAIR) today asked Wal-Mart to stop selling a video game
that glorifies religious violence and may harm interfaith relations.
    CAIR says it has received complaints about the game "Left Behind:
Eternal Forces," produced by Left Behind Games Inc. The game reportedly
rewards players for either converting or killing people of other faiths.
    In a letter to Wal-Mart CEO H. Lee Scott Jr., CAIR Executive Director
Nihad Awad wrote in part:
    "We believe the message this game is promoting is one of religious
intolerance. The game's enemy team includes people with Muslim-sounding
names. When asked about the Arab and Muslim-sounding names, Left Behind
Games' President Jeffrey Frichner said, 'Muslims are not believers in Jesus
Christ' - - and therefore cannot be on the side of Jesus in the game. (San
Francisco Chronicle, 12/12/06) As you may know, Muslims do in fact revere
Jesus as one of God's prophets.
    "In the post 9-11 climate, when improving interfaith relations should
be a priority for all, this type of product only serves to dehumanize
others and increase interfaith hostility and mistrust.
    "Each year, CAIR issues an annual report on the status of American
Muslim civil rights, outlining hundreds of incidents involving anti-Muslim
discrimination, harassment and hate crimes. It is our experience that many
of these incidents result from Islamophobic rhetoric and negative images of
Muslims in popular culture. . .
    "We have no desire to stifle creativity or inhibit freedom of speech.
However, it is our duty as America's leading Islamic civil rights group to
promote mutual understanding and ensure the safety of Americans of all
    "We also believe that as a company that prides itself in hiring and
offering services to a diverse group of people, it is Wal-Mart's corporate
social responsibility to take into account the potential social impact of
its decision to sell this harmful game. We, therefore, respectfully request
the removal of the video game 'Left Behind: Eternal Forces' from your
    CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 32 offices
and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the
understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties,
empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and
mutual understanding.

I don't intend to post every bit of news about the game and the campaigns against it, (although Talk to Action will certainly continue to play a role), but I thought this was an important development.

by Frederick Clarkson on Wed Dec 20, 2006 at 12:20:32 AM EST
Thanks, Fred, for posting this.  I subscribe to the CAIR list myself.  Every time a major terrorist incident takes place, they send out a press release condemning the act.  It is good that they, too, denounce so-called "Christian" incitements to religious violence.

Thanks for all you and the T2A crowd are doing to raise awareness on this issue.  

by Steven D. Martin on Wed Dec 20, 2006 at 05:13:35 AM EST

I hope you realize that CAIR was one of those subversive, terrorist-sponsoring groups that the Right got all excited about because the new Muslim Congressman Ellison talked to them. (Of course, Dennis Kucinick and Bill Clinton gave talks there too. Guess that proves they're subversive.)

by Psyche on Wed Dec 20, 2006 at 01:38:44 AM EST
We are all subversives and terrorists suitable for killing if we find ourselves on the wrong side of the rapture.

by Frederick Clarkson on Wed Dec 20, 2006 at 01:42:16 AM EST
That's the point, it is all about dualism and dividing the world into us v. them.  Not about redemption or seeking peace.

Either you are a good Christian by their standards, or you are a wittring or unwitting agent of the Antichrist in the End Times.

The whole narrative of the Left Behid series is and apocalyptic dualism. The reading of the Book of Revelation is set to a story of betrayal and conspiracy.  The dualism flows out of thet narrative.

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