There is a preconceived notion that video games are destroying the fundamentals of American society and there is no evidence to support the belief that video game violence leads to real life violence. Scientific evidence does not support this view and I can speak from personal experience that one video game makes me smarter every time I play, The Secret World (TSW).
Last time I played TSW a quest in game about the Peacock King required me to do some external research, common in TSW, and what I learned is that the Peacock King is a direct link back to the Yazidi religion and people. It isn’t some fantasy without a basis in reality and it inadvertently forced players to learn something while gaming. A video game making people smarter.
When the genocide of the Yazidi people began last month, I instantly flashed back to looking up the Peacock King for that TSW quest. I knew just how small and isolated the Yazidi are and that there isn’t a large global population that could help recover the Yazidi population recovery from the mass extermination by the terrorists that comprise ISIS. The world can’t deny that ISIS is committing horrible acts of violence against all who don’t believe in their hijacked form of radical Islam.
I am a Roman Catholic and I am proud to say that the strongest voice against ISIS and in support of the Yazidi people has been Pope Francis. The Pope isn’t afraid to call out evil, he recognizes that the only way to confront and stop evil is to shine a light on it and publically shame the perpetrators. The President of the United States waffles, unable to call out evil. While he ponders his failed presidency, America watches in horror as Yazidis, Christians, and fellow Muslims are slaughtered.
So a small Norwegian video game company produced a game that introduces its player base to the Yazidis, thereby helping to preserve their cultural memory. I, as a video game player and a Roman Catholic, am outraged about the extermination of religious minorities by a group of terrorists that have hijacked their own faith. I am even more outraged that moderate Muslims, with few exceptions, are afraid to speak out against ISIS and the atrocities committed in the name of their faith. If a rouge band of Catholics began killing those that believed differently, I would have no qualms about denouncing the evil committed in the name of my faith.
The Yazidis are one of the oldest religions in the world and it no more deserves to be wiped from the pages of history, than does Islam based on the actions of those radicals that commit acts of terror in its name. So, Mr. President it is time for you to learn a lesson from Pope Francis and do the right thing. Condemn the murder of religious minorities in Iraq by ISIS and commit the resources of America to stop the clear and present danger before ISIS operatives begin carrying out their religious campaign of terror worldwide. America alone has the air superiority to end the ISIS threat before it grows further out of control than it currently is.
To be blunt, grow a pair Mr. President and for once, do the right thing for the world without holding endless meetings discussing the political ramifications.