The Danish Broadcasting Corporation, DR, may have to face legal proceedings in connection with a TV-documentary on a heavy-metal rock band with the musicians playing on the background of satanic symbols and the red inscription ’Kill the Christians!’ The setting also shows the band proposing a toast on occasion of the pope’s death. In spite of protests from the Catholic bishop and from the organisation ’Church and Media’ the director general of DR, Kenneth Plummer, insisted on broadcasting the programme.
The case is seen as an example among the growing number of confrontations between believers and the active non-believers. Religion in general and Christianity has become more and more visible in the present society, and the reaction from non-believers is intensified, understandably when religious intolerance dominates the debate.
WSLS news Roanoke, va
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By Lindsey Ward
Published: June 2, 2008
A video image released by the computer game’s creator showing an injured man may not appear to be graphic, but you may change your mind once you know who it is. It’s the Islamic prophet Muhammad.
The new game, not yet released, is giving a voice to the atheist community, that’s according to the game’s creator, a University of Virginia graduate student. He wouldn’t release his name, for fear of his safety.
“Atheists have never really had anything to speak for them like this. It’s the general atheist premise that the world might be a better place without some of those religions,” explained the creator of the game.
The object of the game is to stop the spread of Christianity and Islam by murdering Abraham and the authors of the Bible, before beheading Muhammad.
“This really just mirrors, you know, a lot of violence that we see,” explained the creator.
Barkley Thompson is a Reverend at Saint John’s Episcopal Church in downtown Roanoke. After hearing about the game and seeing its images he says it’s a sign of the times.
“I think that the images speak of a culture that as become obsessed with violence, I think that it is true in all demographics, but it seems to me particularly true of younger age groups,” said Thompson.
However, the game’s creator argues the game is not just violent and it has a message to young players, helping them imagine a time when the world’s two largest religions were new and less organized.
“It’s the idea of being able to go back in time and sort of nipping the problem in the bud,” said the game’s creator.