My colleague Noah Gray told me of this great site called Google Fight in which you can pitch two adversaries against each other to see who has the most hits. Of some of the fights described as classics, the current results are
God 57,900,000 vs Satan 5,040,000
George W. Bush 19,500,000 vs Osama Bin Laden 410,000
Googlefight 50,000 vs Googlewhack 13,000
Among ‘fights of the month’ you can find
sex 704,000,000 vs money 124,000,000
You can of course make your own fights, such as
God 57,900,000 vs Dawkins 1,250,000
Gee 5,810,000 vs Dawkins 1,250,000
Henry Gee 11,000 vs Richard P Grant 1,040
all of which results show that the program is working as it should, at least. This morning I read in Metro of a game called Faith Fighter which has achieved the impossible – it has brought all the world’s faiths together.
Faith Fighter is the ultimate fighting game for these dark times
reads the blurb.
Choose your belief and kick the shit out of your enemies. Give vent to your intolerance! Religious hate has never been so much fun.
The somewhat disingenuous disclaimer reads that the game isn’t meant to be offensive to any religion in particular. It contains two depictions of Muhammad, one in which his face is blocked out, to cover Islamic sensibilities about showing the Prophet’s face. I tried it and found that God made short work of Ganesh, but Ninja-style Muhammad soon k.o.’d God … who was dispatched rather quickly by Buddha. I tried it – it’s lots of fun and quite a stress-reliever. I can’t find an iPhone app of it (yet).
Condemnation from representatives of the world’s religions has been quick and predictable. Naturally, I’d like to weigh in with my own two penn’orth.
First, I am tired of people becoming offended by things. As I heard a comedian comment on the radio the other day (apologies – I can’t remember where), the state of not being offended by anything has assumed the status, almost, of an enshrined human right.
Second, if you, as a person of faith, are offended by a rather silly computer game, then your faith is too fragile to be worth anything.
Third, I am – I admit – not offended, exactly, but mildly irked – that you couldn’t have Jacob wrestling with an angel, a conflict that transcends the minds of gamers, and is actually scripted, in Genesis 32. Bloody internet. Anti-Semitic, I call it. Should be banned. Obviously.