Sony self-censors computer game
The release of a much-anticipated game from Sony has been put back a week so that they can remove potentially offensive parts of the soundtrack.
LittleBigPlanet’s background music contained a couple of expressions which could be found in the Koran.
Naturally, Sony has offered apologies in advance to any Muslim that might have been offended had it actually unleashed the game onto an unsuspecting public in its current uncensored form. It won’t do them any good, mind you. They are still unbelievers, and therefore destined to spend eternity in hell.
Or so it says in the Koran.
UPDATE: (22 Oct) Toumani Diabate, the musician who wrote the song in question, has defended his use of Koranic words:
“It’s quite normal to play music and be inspired by the words of the Prophet Mohammed. It’s my way to attract and inspire people towards Islam
Of course, the Muslim Council of Britain has something to say on the matter. Here’s Ibrahim Mogra:
Muslims believe the Qur’an to be the actual word of god and give it utmost respect. Therefore if it were to be used with the accompaniment of music or if it were to be used in a game or a commercial – that would upset and cause offence and hurt to many, many Muslims.
Wiser words come from M Zhudi Jasser of the Islamic Forum for Democracy, who told gaming magazine Edge:
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 But to demand that it be withdrawn is predicated on a society which gives theocrats who wish to control speech far more value than the central principle of freedom of expression upon which the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.
Please come over here and have a word with the clowns at the MCB, Mr Jasser.