Islamic group debates LittleBigPlanet recall

Written by Joe Martin

October 21, 2008 // 10:53 a.m.

Tags: #islam #lbp #littlebigplanet-delay #littlebigplanet-review #recall #sony

An Islamic non-profit group called American Islamic Forum for Democracy has commented on Sony's recall of LittleBigPlanet and said that it doesn't see it as A Good Thing.

Sony recalled all copies of LittleBigPlanet, as well as delaying the European release of the game, after they discovered that there was two lines from the Qur'an inserted into one of the pieces of background music. Sony never received any official complaints about the game, but decided to recall it anyway in order to avoid causing offence and the issue has since flared into a serious discussion.

Speaking to Edge, M. Zuhdi Jasser, M.D., president of the non-profit American Islamic Forum for Democracy, said that he did not see Muslims benefitting from this kind of self-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." he said.

The free market allows for expression of disfavor by simply not purchasing a game that may be offensive.

We Muslims consider the mixing of music and words from our Holy Koran deeply offending," said one of the posters who originally pointed out the Muslim passages to Sony.

The fact that the music writer is a devout Muslim should highlight that at the core of this issue is not about offending ‘all Muslims,’ but only about freedom of expression and the free market,” countered Jasser.

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