The letter below appears here with permission of the author. As with all editorials, the opinions expressed in the letter represent the opinions of the author, not the opinions of Stop Hate 2000 or the volunteers who work at Stop Hate 2000.
Editor's Note: We have not played a demo of the game this individual played in August of 2005 and are not aware of the content of the game. We encourage people who have concerns about the content of the game to contact the company to see if the game shows any scenes where houses of worship are destroyed. There are times when people do not hate those of another religion - they are just not sensitive. There is a big difference. All people who write the company are encouraged to use much tact and courtesy in their letters, so God will be honored by what is written.
August 9, 2005 the company was emailed to determine if the planned game had any scenes showing the destructions of houses of worship. Part of that email reads, "I received an email of concern indicating that the new version of Battlefield 2 has a scene where a house of worship, a Mosque, is partially destroyed by a rocket. I am emailing you to see if you can confirm that houses of worship are part of the battle scenes and are destroyed in this game." On August 24, 2005, the day we published the letter, we had not received a reply from the company. Because we have not heard from the company, we are not able to confirm the content of the game.
My name is Bilal Hito (my gamertag is - billyzibbs) , I am 19 years old and I live in N.Y. I just received my demo of Battlefield2: Modern Combat, and I was very pleased with many aspects of the gameplay, except for one. I have been an xbox live subscriber since it's launch, and all the games I own are xbox live enabled. I have inspired many of my friends to sign up, and have influenced many of their game purchases. As I began playing Battlefield2, I was very excited about all the new features the game includes, and after 5 minutes of playing, I was sending messages to all members of my friends list to pre-order this game IMMEDIATELY! I was on the phone telling all my friends where and how they can pre-order this masterpiece, and receive the free demo. All was exceptional untill the point where a rocket had flown into a Mosque, and it was partially destroyed. This struck very close to home, and I was extremely offended. Directly after that, I had turned off my xbox.
This game is still months from launch, which gives plenty of time for modification. I regret to inform you that unless the Mosque-Minaret is taken out of the game, I will cancel my reservation and put the credit towards another title. I really dont want to do this, I would rather see my friends and I enjoying this game to the full extent. Most games are designed to appeal to a mass audience, a target market that includes all demographics. The Muslim population is estimated to exceed 8 million followers in the U.S.A alone, (many of us are gamers!)
The last thing I want to do is inform the Muslim Student Association, The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), The American Islamic Chamber of Commerce, The American Muslims for Global Peace and Justice, The National Islamic Association, The Better Business Bureau, The Anti-Defamation League, The American Association for Affirmative Action (AAAA), The Department of Homeland Security, as well as friends and myself, that EA Games includes bias towards any faith.
Whether it be a Church, Synagogue, Mosque, Temple, etc., It is very offensive to see the House of God being destroyed for entertainment. I kindly request that this issue be dealt with as soon as possible, so that we all may look forward to the launch date!