by Nico Rahm
In what can be viewed as yet one more example of the ridiculousness of religious institutions, a video game's release was delayed by its distributor over concerns by Muslims that one of the game's background music tracks contains verses from the Koran.
LittleBigPlanet, a game where players can create a character and its environment was pegged to be Sony Playstation's biggest release to date. However, Muslim groups voiced their concerns over a particular track by Mali-born singer Toumani Diabate, in which Koranic verses are sang. Islam condemns the use of holy verses from the Koran in conjunction with any form of entertainment or leisurely activity. Sony had to spend millions in rewriting the game in addition to the millions it had lost by delaying the launch.
Shouldn't Muslims actually fight to include Koranic verses in family friendly games and entertainment if they want their faith to spread around the world? I would think they should! This was their opportunity to spread the word of Allah to millions of children all around the world in a legal and subtle manner. Instead, Muslims choose to spread their faith through violence.
One is inclined to think that either religion in general (or Islam in particular) has yet again proven its intrinsic lack of common sense, or that religious institutions are only interested in securing their slice of the financial pie through fear and madness.
Muslims missed yet another chance to spread their word to the world without inciting fear.