Here are some of the responses from the 15 page thread on the Blizzard forums. The responses from those on the forums were not only against the Muslim but also against Christians and others from different religions,
Note: This is Part 2 of the post about the Muslim Gamer who found the Muslim Holy book, the Quran, in the game Diablo III, you can read Part 1 here.
“In my humble opinion, it should not be where it is in the game.”
“It should be neatly placed in an outhouse, along with every other religious scripture, so that our heroes have something to read while they take a dump”
“Grow up and get out of the forums”
“no1 cares you don’t have the right to not be offended, if ur offended by something this stupid get out!”
“in the dirt where it belongs”
“I’m very happy to know that Muslims are offended It will make the game better”
“Just bury the OP, dislike if you don’t agree. That way no one will pay attention to that kind of rubbish. Mission accomplished.”
“I’m loving this Crusade against the OP “
As you can see, a few of the comments are straight out racist and bigotry at its best. Their internet and gaming forums are known to have the best of the best trolls, so I’m sure there were a few in there just doing it for the lulz. Spend 5 minutes on Xbox Live to see the language and attitudes of many gamers.
Saying that, there is also a flip side to this, the Christian that I wanted to point out. A christian I have never met in my life and I will most probably never either. Regardless of that, I have a lot of respect for him and I wish I could shake his hand. This was his response in the thread,
(Name of Muslim who made the post) this is just my personal opinion. You and I and anyone else with faith or beliefs will never get any support whatsoever but hate and hostility on these forums or any game forums.
That’s how the world is today I’m afraid. But I DO understand where you are coming from. From looking at the pictures you posted a few hours ago, I do see resemblance of the Book of the Quran. As someone pointed out earlier there are different covers of the book.
Now let’s just say Blizzard for whatever reason did this and of course changed the pattern ever so slightly to not make it obvious that they really intended to make a prop Quran book in game lying in a pile of dirt and trash which isn’t acceptable.
Other view is they just by coincidence, the artist made that prop book which resembled the Quran but in no way was intended to offend Muslims in anyway.
Now although I can see your concern as it would concern me too and if I really found something offensive with no doubt in my mind I would…
1. Never buy the game
2. Write a letter or some sort of complaint to Blizzard
Although nothing will stop me for expressing my views if I found something discriminating or offensive I will speak my mind carefully not trying to offend anyone (which I can’t see how I could tbh) and just get my point across.
But just understand as much as I respect you for expressing your views and not being afraid to tell Blizzard and the community how you feel, expect hostility just as Christians do to.
Don’t be afraid of these kinds of threats, you have every right to express your views and your faith just as they do to express theirs.
But you see their behavior here is just disgusting to show all this kind of hostile behavior and hatred for religious people who have faith and in no way try and force it on anyone.
Those that do try and force faith on people don’t speak for the majority but still there is no reason at all to show this much hatred for the OP.
He was only expressing his views whether his wrong or right he feels he has an issue with that prop book resembling what his faith is about and that it was found in a pile of trash in the game.
No matter how small, silly or big the issue is to people NO ONE should be showing this kind of behavior to anyone religious or not!
Mankind isn’t perfect NO ON IS, religious or not know one is 100% perfect but if you want respect you all better start respecting people with faith and beliefs which mean more than life itself to them.
If you can’t respect that or give a polite and simple response then how dare can you demand him to be silent, tell him to get out of the forums or insult his religion?
I’m a Christian and I’m proud and Blessed to say it! No one on will ever take my Salvation from me that was given to me from God Alone! People here with no faith, I have no problems, with your choice not to believe.
I have many friends with no faiths and I feel sorry sometimes when certain people mock people who believe in God but our behaviour and attitude does not change, not even the slightest towards them.
That’s the kind of respect we give to people around us and I’m speaking on behalf of everyone who is religious who are afraid to express themselves openly.
It’s such a shame hardly anyone these days give nothing but the complete opposite to us and all we have to hear is to shut up about our faith or get out. Yet we have to here all your reasons and rejections about Religion and God and we sit back and listen.
(Name of Muslim who made the post), don’t be afraid to express your faith and your concerns if you feel insulted or feel any attack on your faith. You have a right to express yourself!
He later said in the post on the Christian Forum,
This has come at no surprise to me but I feel so sickened and heartbroken that a single Muslim was only expressing his concern and he was denied it by almost everyone on the community Forums. I just couldn’t keep silent and I came to his defence.
It is so difficult to get caught up in these kinds of things worried for your own safety. But I have to carry the Cross too; I have to suffer just as Jesus did for me. I didn’t look back at the responses as the pages have increased now. Seeing what people might have replied with towards me, I just couldn’t bare to read what they had put.
I know that I must have received loads of insults because I’m a Christian and I spoke openly on the forums where they threatened people to keep it out of any discussion and be silent but at the same time they give insult after insult.
The thing is If this kind of thing happens again I will gladly come to their aid!
If an admin suggest this is not the right place for this post please move it to somewhere appropriate as I was not sure where to post it.
Thanks and God Bless
I think Richard makes a great point here. While this particular incident is about Muslims and the Quran, the next person to get offended could be a Jew and their Torah, a Christian and their Bible or an Atheists and their Spaghetti monster. It goes back to that well known saying by Martin Niemöller,
First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.
Regardless of what you stand for, we need equal respect for all. I’m a gamer just like many reading this article. I have a bookshelf full of games with hundreds more that I have digitally purchased, but Im also a Muslim and my faith always comes first. When a game has clear connotations against religion, I speak the language of corporations and businesses, the language that is called my wallet. My one sale wont make a difference, but there are 1.5 billion Muslims and 2 Billion Christians. Add to that number, the other religions around the world and you have a lot of sales that could be lost through incidents like this.
I invite you the reader, from which ever religion you are, to tell publishers and developers that as a gamer you prefer religion to be kept out of games, that in fact games that do not have a religious intent, such as an Islamic game, Christian game or Jewish game, should not have any religious connotations or objects within them.
Richard, I applaud and thank you for your effort, along with anyone else who tried to support that Muslim brother in letting Blizzard know they would prefer it removed. I’ll leave you with an interfaith olive branch of sorts with this article about a promise that the prophet Muhammad (PBUH) made to Christians and finally I honestly request anyone who disagrees with this article and would in fact prefer to keep the texture in game, to leave a comment below. I am open to all points of view and would honestly like to understand your reasoning.
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