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Army hosts teen game tournament, accused of 'military pedophilia'

10:20 AM on 12.07.2008 // Jim Sterling
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My thanks to Veterans for Peace for giving me my favorite new term for 2008. Yes, the US army has been accused of "military pedophilia" after hosting a gaming tournament for teenagers, as protesters criticized the event for targeting youngsters.

The Army-sponsored tourney was held in Rancho Cordova, California on Saturday, and offered a chance to get to grips with the controversial America's Army game. The Veterans for Peace organization staged a protest, where member John Reiger claimed: "It's like giving candy to kids. It's sort of like military pedophilia in a way, preying on our young people."

Amusingly, the Army's response did little to make the affair sound less like a big pubescent gang bang: "The event is nothing more than an opportunity for people to become familiar with the Army." Oh yes ... very familiar.

Although the term "military pedophilia" is hilariously overboard, I quasi-agree with the stance that targeting young people like this is particularly insidious. I don't like it when the Church tries to coax kids through its doors with Halo nights, and I don't like it when the Army does the same. Kids should have a chance to get done with being kids before people start attempting to sway them toward life-altering decisions.



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