I hate religious moralists. Yes I am religious, but that does not necessarily mean that I fit into the moronic moralists department. I live in the city of churches, and go to a private Christian School. Yes I'm lucky to go to a private school instead of getting beaten up by some random git everyday, but I also have to go through the forcings of personal opinions on the parts of the teacher. I've been told often enough that they don't want to force their opinion on us, but the way they express themselves tells another story. But I digress...
I'm surrounded by people who everyday, complain about something or other. Whether or not it is immoral is irrelevant, if they don't like it it should be banned and noone else has a say. Take the recent Big Brother episode where a guy allegedly "Turkey Slapped" a woman.This sparked great debate, despite being watchable only at 4am in the morning by subscribers to the Big brother LIVE! Service. On top of this, they also had to be watching the camera at exactly the right time, and be watching it on their phone at the right time.
After about a day of the controversy the religious side of the country kicks in and starts protesting against Big Brother Adults Only, which ironically did not show anything relating to the "Turkey Slap" incident. As a result of the unfounded protests against Big Brother by an incredibly minor population of the religious community, BB:AO was taken off the air. As you can imagine, Christian moralists wer celebrating all over the country.
I personally do not have a problem with taking BB:AO off the air. In fact, it was a blessing. But the fact that an unfounded opinion of one incident that was seen by maybe 100 people in every million sparked a great moral debate about a show unrelated to the incident, really annoys me.
It gets worse. Not only have these Christian moralists taken BB:AO. No, they've probably seen less than 10 minutes of it in their life. Most of that while flicking channels to see whats on.
I thought about this for a while. If everything with sexual connotations is wrong, it won't be long before we only have repeats of Play School and HI5 on television. On 1 channel, all day everyday.
How does this relate to games? Christian moralists aren't necessarily restricted to protesting against Big Brother and Sesame Street. Before long they'll have a hold on the industry that they've never had before, and that we'd prefer they don't have. Every good game, every TimeShift, Every Ico, and every Tomb Raider game banned because it has sexual connotations or violence.
My moral? Christian moralists have to learn that morality doesn't have to affect them. If they don't like it, they don't watch it. Our world would be worth nothing if we were to go around happy, we'd be fooling ourselves, and although we may be happy, future generations would long for what we once lost, and be against religion all the more.
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