Anti-Mosque Game Created by Austrian Political Party

An online videogame backed by the right wing Austrian Freedom Party (FPO), launched in advance of regional elections to be held on September 26, depicts the province of Styria as overrun with mosques and tasks players with stopping further ones from being built.

A Reuters story claims that the “Bye Bye Mosque” game has drawn over 60,000 visitors since Monday, in addition to criticisms from the local Islamic community, Social Democrats and the Green Party. A local Islamic leader named Anas Schakfeh called the game “tasteless and incomprehensible,” adding, “This is religious hatred and xenophobia beyond comparison.”

As the game ends, a message reads, “Styria is full of minarets and mosques. So vote for Dr. Gerhard Kurzmann (pictured) and the Freedom Party on September 26 so that this doesn’t happen.”

In an Austrian Times story, Green Party spokesperson Werner Kogle said, “The FPO chases minarets which don’t exist but doesn’t care about the 40,000 Styrians who currently have no job.”

The Times added this description of Kurzmann:

Kurzmann is considered to be a representative of the FPO’s far-right branch. He has been campaigning against the introduction of English words into everyday German and infuriated political opponents by calling members of the infamous Third Reich Waffen-SS "decent people".

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    DorthLous says:

    Don’t forget Ireland protestants vs catholics. Of all the pointless religious wars, that has got to win the cake. Throwing molotoves at kids in kindergarden and placing bombs on the street because you disagree on the human embodying the authority of a faith of "Love thy neighboor"? I mean, wow…

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    MechaTama31 says:

    “This is religious hatred and xenophobia beyond comparison.”

    I hope he just means beyond comparison to other Austrian politicians.  If not, I mean wow.  This is religious hatred and xenophobia for sure, but "beyond comparison"?  So it’s worse than the Crusades, the Holocaust, and all the other religious and ethnic violence that has happened throughout history and unfortunately continues today?  I think not.

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    DorthLous says:

    Yep, pregnant of our first kid, a boy, as well. In her last month. And you know what? Many of her friends, and by extension mine, are muslim, so’s her family and her sisters’ husbands. I have yet to find either her, her 2 sisters, mother or friend with a veil on the head or locked inside.

    By the way, here’s some stuff from the collection her sister designed:

    So go troll elsewhere…

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    jedidethfreak says:

    Read the Koran.  If you aren’t a Muslim male, you are either property – Muslim women – or you’re destined to die as a result of holy jihad – everyone else.

    This isn’t a misinterpretation or any kind of exaggeration – it’s fact.  Read it if you don’t believe me.

    With the first link, the chain is forged.

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    Shahab says:

    You know in twenty years when we all look back it will be with shame at the bigoted behavior some of us are exhibiting during this time of international wars on terrorism. Future sociciologists will look at forum posts like yours, shake their heads and wonder how we could ever be so closed minded.

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    vellocet says:

    Just because you defend the rights of someone doesn’t mean you agree with them.

    Also, you should really know more about a subject before making claims like that.  That’s like me saying that all christian show up to military funerals with signs that say "God hates f@gs!"

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    anver says:

    They actually call themselves freiheitlich, which can mean freedom-loving, of a tolerant world-view/unprejudiced (ha!) or liberal. Not sure what any of those has to do with their policies, though.

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    Arell says:

    I believe the term is "Orwellian."  Using "doublespeak" to apply terms inconsistantly to the opposite effect.  Here, the "Freedom" Party actually wants to "opress." 

    A more local example would be Fox News’ slogan of "Fair and Balanced," when they mean anything but.  I actually find that quite hilarious, as I doubt they ever think of themselves as using Orwellian tactics.

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    Shahab says:

    Why do all these asshats who want to limit people’s religous freedoms and other freedoms call themselves things like the "Freedom Party"? Are they trying to be ironic?

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    DorthLous says:

    The sad part is Orwellian tactics work incredibly well on uninformed people. Considering the level of culture and knowledge of the average individual and, well… Look out the window…

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    F__ked up says:

    So your saying the TEA PARTY has no plans? your nothing but a socialist progressive communist facist. Your are proof of the dying Conservative breed that were nothing more than closeted gays out to screw themselves over.

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    jedidethfreak says:

    Show me a political party that has no plans to suppress someone’s freedom, and I’ll show you a political party that has no plans.

    With the first link, the chain is forged.

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    Neeneko says:

    This gets to the core of the problem of freedom… freedom to, freedom from, freedom to stop things, freedom to no be stopped.  Just look how big of a meme ‘freedom to discriminate’ is in the US… one person’s freedom is another’s oppression, and often they are mutually exclusive.

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