Monday, December 1, 2008

Religion and Free Market

American Islamic Forum for Democracy. On their behalf, M. Zuhdi Jaffer, M.D. released the following in a statement:

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. But to demand that it be withdrawn is predicated on a society which gives theocrats who wish to control speech far more value than the central principle of freedom of expression upon which the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.

“…We [the AIFD] do not endorse any restriction whatsoever on the release of this videogame but would only ask those with concerns to simply choose not to buy it. We would hope that the producer's decision not be made in any way out of fear but rather simply based upon freedom of expression and the free market.” (emphasis mine)

Notably, Sony's had this problem with Catholics before about a game, and therefore had a serious trigger response to avoid it. I recommend those Catholics take a look at the above, more appropriate response.

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