US political activist Ralph Nader calls video games “electronic child molesters”

Ralph Nader

By on January 24, 2013 at 8:56 pm

In the current debate around gun control in the United States, video games have somehow managed to be called up as the bad guy by a variety of people who perhaps like guns just a little too much, but political activist, author and failed Presidential candidate Ralph Nader has gone a step further and literally referred to video games as “electronic child molesters”.

Speaking at the annual Busboys and Poets Peace Ball, Nader used his speech to attack President Obama’s inauguration and then to launch a blistering tirade against violence in entertainment.

“We are in the peak of [violence in entertainment],” Nader claimed. “Television program violence? Unbelievable. Video game violence? Unprecedented. I’m not saying he (Obama) wants to censor this, I think he should sensitize people that they should protect their children family by family from these kinds of electronic child molesters.”

I was going to close out with something witty, but what can you say? Let’s just all sit here and look a little bit terrified. I know that’s what I’ll be doing.

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As you approach a town to attack it, first offer its people terms for peace. If they accept your terms and open the gates to you, then all the people inside will serve you in forced labor. But if they refuse to make peace and prepare to fight, you must attack the town. When the LORD your God hands it over to you, kill every man in the town. But you may keep for yourselves all the women, children, livestock, and other plunder. You may enjoy the spoils of your enemies that the LORD your God has given you. – Deuteronomy 20:10-14

If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife, both the man and the woman must be put to death. – Leviticus 20:10 NLT

A priest’s daughter who loses her honor by committing fornication and thereby dishonors her father also, shall be burned to death. – Leviticus 21:9 NAB

This is what the Lord of hosts has to say: ‘I will punish what Amalek did to Israel when he barred his way as he was coming up from Egypt. Go, now, attack Amalek, and deal with him and all that he has under the ban. Do not spare him, but kill men and women, children and infants, oxen and sheep, camels and asses.’ – 1 Samuel 15:2-3 NAB

My angel will go before you and bring you to the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hivites, and Jebusites; and I will wipe them out. – Exodus 23:23 NAB

 

Is Ralph Nader even still relevant? Last I heard he was a laughing stock.

 

skitzor,

What has religion got to do with this?

 

Ok Ralph, just relax. Show us on the doll where Pong touched you.

 

LOL nicely done skitzor :D

Highlights the bullshit nicely ;)

 

mrmessy:
What has religion got to do with this?

violence has been a fundamental part of culture since the dawn of humans. the bible contains an immense amount of violent acts; why don’t people blame it?

 

skitzor the bible contains an immense amount of violent acts; why don’t people blame it?

Because the bible never touched their special area’s like games have.

 

ooo I aint touching religion. Last time I did I scored a 3 month ban…

 

skitzor: As you approach a town to attack it, first offer its people terms for peace. If they accept your terms and open the gates to you, then all the people inside will serve you in forced labor. But if they refuse to make peace and prepare to fight, you must attack the town. When the LORD your God hands it over to you, kill every man in the town. But you may keep for yourselves all the women, children, livestock, and other plunder. You may enjoy the spoils of your enemies that the LORD your God has given you. – Deuteronomy 20:10-14

Man, i’m not sure if any religion based on the bible takes Deuteronomy seriously, its chock full of crazy, and is not representative of even the rest of the bible – whether or not anything else.

As a general rule of thumb, if you have to quote Deuteronomy to back up an argument, your losing :P

 
HandsomeSandwich

coatsy22: Man, i’m not sure if any religion based on the bible takes Deuteronomy seriously, its chock full of crazy, and is not representative of even the rest of the bible – whether or not anything else.

As a general rule of thumb, if you have to quote Deuteronomy to back up an argument, your losing :P

Irrelevant. Its still printed in every version of the Bible and until its removed, is considered the word of God. As a general rule if you have to detract from how crazy the Bible/religion is by saying people just ignore those parts – you’re losing.

 

kinkykel:
ooo I aint touching religion. Last time I did I scored a 3 month ban…

Same.
Its not safe to talk about people’s imaginary friends on this forum.

 

achtungplazma:
Ok Ralph, just relax. Show us on the doll where Pong touched you.

Thank ye, that quote is most excellent.

 

skitzor: violence has been a fundamental part of culture since the dawn of humans. the bible contains an immense amount of violent acts; why don’t people blame it?

Yes, the bible does have a lot of violence in parts, but then in the New Testament, this Jesus fellow does a lot of calling for compassion and peace and such. But yes, these people who try to derail the anti-gun campaign by blaming “evil modern influences” are just plain stupid. I hope people eventually see him/them for the hypocrites they are.

Also, please try to abandon what looks like an anti-religious bias. Some of us don’t mind religious people. Some of us even follow a religion ourselves, see. The difference is, I’d never be involved in attacking a town and taking the inhabitants as “plunder”.

 

I wonder if Nader has even seen a video game? Apparently every now and then he goes on a crusade.

Do you have a computer?

NADER: No. No computer. No iPhone. I do admit to an Underwood typewriter.

http://www.nationaljournal.com/next-economy/ralph-nader-typewriter-man-20120607

 

trb: Same.
Its not safe to talk about people’s imaginary friends on this forum.

That’s not exactly defusing things, it’s risking de-railing this thread further. So kindly don’t. And try to respect others who do believe in “imaginary friends”. We have to respect those who consider us “idiots”, but again, please stay on topic.

 

gammad,

I see your (hilarious) video, and raise you another video

 

coatsy22:
As a general rule of thumb, if you have to quote Deuteronomy to back up an argument, your losing :P

I found a site with a bunch of quotes. there are a lot of Deuteronomy, but there a lot from other books. I’m not going to start going through them all because it’s a waste of time. sufficed to say, if I restricted myself to non-Deuteronomy, I’m confident the result would be the same.

I’m not sure of your religious beliefs, but I’m sure a large amount of these people talking about violence from video games also base their beliefs on things from the old testament (Leviticus). there are a lot of violent passages in Leviticus.

the bible is full of rape, murder, slavery, and sacrifice. I get frustrated by people targeting one specific type of media. music, tv, movies, and now games. violence and aggression is not a modern invention. the book these people derive their beliefs from is full of it.

I’m not being anti-religious. I’m being fair. if you are going to attack one source of media for it’s violent content, attack all of them. don’t try to brush off my points by saying I’m anti-religious.

the fact is, media reflects people. aggressive music, suggestion scenes in tv movies, violence in movies and video games are a reflection of who made them. there was violence around before all these things, it’s just another one of expressing it.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Vw2CrY9Igs

It’s becoming a reality, people.

 

For some reason, I cannot picture Nader without a jester’s cap on every time he opens his mouth.

It’s like he sets out to never be taken seriously.

 
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