The Australian Christian Lobby has decided that a lone mad gunman in Norway is a good excuse to impose their religious opinions on gaming laws and classifications in Australia.
If you’re reading that sentence and failing to see the logical connection, then don’t worry; it’s not just you. I’m pretty sure there isn’t one. But that won’t stop the illustrious Jim Wallace, and neither will lack of evidence or any sense of blatant self-contradiction or hypocrisy.
Yes, the gunman’s manifesto mentions using a video game as a “training-simulation”. Do you know what else it mentions, at much greater length? Christianity and right-wing extremism. (FYI, everyone: climate change is totes a myth, the thing that will bring down society is leftism-feminism-environmentalism-multi-culturalism! Burn aaaall the finite resources that you want, because we’ll all end up partying in Hell anyway.)
If the ACL is in favour of banning works of fiction because of excessive violence, why not ban the Bible? Surely it’s bannable on the basis of Leviticus and Deuteronomy alone. (Has Mr. Wallace not read the Bible…?)
From the SMH article (linked above):
[The gunman] wrote that “target practise” is difficult for “urban Europeans like us” and recommends taking a shooting vacation to a country club or playing video games as alternatives.
So where is Jim Wallace’s call for a ban on guns, or on country clubs, or on mentally disturbed trigger-happy lunatics?
I think what’s really disturbing about the ACL’s position in this case is their chilling opportunism. While blithely ignoring the religious influences of the gunman, they are using the tragedy in Norway to push their own agenda. It’s ignorant and completely disrespectful.