Killing for Jesus (video)
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What's that country where the crazies are running around yammering on about that those who don't worship as they do deserving a violent death?
No no, not Saudi Arabia or Afghanistan; it's America. You Ess Ay!
As a spinoff of the disturbing and disturbingly popular Left Behind book series (63 million customers can't be wrong...), the folks at Left Behind Games have created a truly sickening, kid-friendly version of their nightmarish Christianist vision (video below). The game essentially has kids running around NYC killing those who don't subscribe to mega-church Christianity (NYC, 9/11? Nice. Good choice).
This game immerses children in present-day New York City -- 500 square blocks, stretching from Wall Street to Chinatown, Greenwich Village, the United Nations headquarters, and Harlem. The game rewards children for how effectively they role play the killing of those who resist becoming a born again Christian. The game also offers players the opportunity to switch sides and fight for the army of the AntiChrist, releasing cloven-hoofed demons who feast on conservative Christians and their panicked proselytes (who taste a lot like Christian).
Despite the central role given to killing, BBC's tech writer somehow misses the boat, making it sound like a reglar old fashioned kill-the-demons game instead of the sicko blasphemy it really is: "Later this year Left Behind Games will release Eternal Forces, an action packed story set in a New York landscape where soldiers take on demons.
"There's no blood and a no cursing rule -- curse and your energy level drops." Well, thank God you can't say "shit." I mean, what message do we want send to the kids? Really.
Fortunately, even some conservative Christians haven't lost their minds:
"We're going to push this game at Christian kids to let them know there's a cool shooter game out there," said attorney Jack Thompson, an author and outspoken critic of video game violence. "Because of the Christian context, somehow it's OK? It's not OK. The context is irrelevant. It's a mass-killing game."
See for yourself and pass it on:
Evan Derkacz is a New York-based writer and contributor to AlterNet.