Time for the other side of the story in the Little Big Planet recall saga. Speaking to Edge, M. Zuhdi Jasser, M.D., president of the non-profit American Islamic Forum for Democracy, expressed his opposition to this form of censorship…
“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 But to demand that it be withdrawn is predicated on a society which gives theocrats who wish to control speech far more value than the central principle of freedom of expression upon which the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.”
I honestly can’t say I don’t agree with him, I didn’t mind the track at all. Seem’s this whole thing has just been blown way out of proportion. It’s nice to know that there are two completely different views on this issue coming from similar groups of people.[Ed: I would just like to add in that I thought the track was horrible… I had no idea what the guy was signing but sounded like someone strangling a cat… am I the only one who thinks that?]
Last Updated: October 22, 2008