Phyllis Schlafly, founder of the “pro-family” Eagle Forum has authored a column in which she takes a hatchet to videogames, while attempting to outline the fight by both sides in the Schwarzenegger vs EMA case to rally state attorneys general to their respective squads.
A few of the descriptors used by Schlafly to portray videogames in her piece include: “extremely violent and addictive,” “polluting,” “increasingly realistic bloodshed,” “highly disturbing,” “heinous acts of terrorism” and “evil products.”
In case you hadn’t guessed it yet, Schlafly is not a huge fan of games. A sampling of her more inane arguments against videogames follow:
Some games are programmed to become more violent while the game is being played, and parents usually don’t or can’t play the games.
Brain research indicates that teenagers’ brains, as well as children’s brains, are still developing and may store violent images as real memories.
Virtually every school massacre can be traced to the young killers’ addiction to violent video games. The video game industry reaps tens of billions of dollars in revenue and now even surpasses Hollywood in profits, revenues and influence.
It’s time for families to make clear to their own state attorney general that the voters will hold them accountable for what they do about this problem of filling children’s minds and memories with gory, criminal images.
The industry is asking the High Court to create a new type of free speech that would make it impossible to put any limit on this victimizing of children.
The Eagle Forum was one of the groups involved in lobbying Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtlef in late August, in an attempt to sway his as-of-yet-unknown stance on the matter.