According to an article in the NYT, the fundies are having big Halo 3 parties where they are encouraging young men mostly, I would guess, as that seems to be the typical profile of a gamer to come to church and play Halo 3. So is it ok to kill people in a game at church, but there is too much violence in the media? Is it ok to not only kill someone in church in a game, but to do so violently and horrifically? This makes no sense to me. They condemn violence in the media and yet they encourage it at church. They want to ban sex education in schools, but they want to encourage violence in church. First and foremost, doesn't this break one of the ten commandments, Thou Shalt Not Kill. I know this is a game, but still this seems to be a blurry line. Is it ok to also have sex on a video game in church or to rape a women in a video game in church? This seems to be backward to me. I understand trying to attract a younger crowd, but really the only people you are attracting are those under 17 who cannot legally buy the game themselves. I guess the real question is, What would Jesus do? Would he play a violent video game? Would he try to attract people using values that you the church would not seem to support? Would he be a hypocrite? I love this quote and I think it cuts to the heart of the issue,
“If you want to connect with young teenage boys and drag them into church, free alcohol and pornographic movies would do it,” said James Tonkowich, president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, a nonprofit group that assesses denominational policies. “My own take is you can do better than that.”
Now that is something that I could get behind, having porno and free alcohol at church for underage members. This is the next step in the evolution of youth groups and bringin young people into the church, first there were the WWJD bracelets, now Halo 3, next come Beers and Broads night at the local church. Whatcha y'all think of that?
Maybe because I am Jewish and so I did not have to read the New Testament I missed the part that said it was Ok to kill and maim in a video game, but I doubt it. Just another wonderful example of how hypocritical the fundies really are.
(h/t Jess Wundrun)