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Muslim group criticizes LittleBigPlanet recall


8:02 AM on 10.21.2008
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When LittleBigPlanet was recalled due to a backing track referencing The Qur'an, a few of our more level-headed readers were quick to share such pearls of wisdom as "f*ck Islam." It's true that a handful of Muslims got offended by the music on the Sony forums, but in the case of at least one Islamic group, the recall of the game is more offensive than the Qur'an reference.

M. Zuhdi Jasser, M.D., president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy stated that freedom of speech was important, even if he might personally disagree with what is being said. He also suggested that other Muslims who believe in tolerance and freedom think the same way.

"Muslims cannot benefit from freedom of expression and religion and then turn around and ask that anytime their sensibilities are offended that the freedom of others be restricted.

The free market allows for expression of disfavor by simply not purchasing a game that may be offensive.

…To demand that [the game] be withdrawn is predicated on a society which gives theocrats who wish to control speech far more value than the central principle of freedom of expression upon which the very practice and freedom of religion is based.

The fact that the music writer is a devout Muslim should highlight that at the core of this issue is not about offending ‘all Muslims,’ but only about freedom of expression and the free market."

Jasser has his head screwed on, and I really couldn't agree with him more. It applies to everyone, not just Muslims. We enjoy the benefits of free speech and democracy, but a worrying amoung of us want to do away with those benefits once we see or hear something we don't like. That kind of societal double standard needs to stop.






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