A few weeks back I blogged about how I saw our nation going over the edge into a moral abyss, and how that descent was driven by the concerted engines of the media, the ACLU and the Supreme Court. I stated that in their self-righteous stance for free speech these forces were actually agents of societal chaos.
Now the Court is taking up the constitutionality of a 2005 California statute forbidding the sale of exceedingly violent video games to minors. It is expected that they will overrule the California law. In April they over turned a law banning “crush videos.” Crush videos show small animals being tortured and killed; for example, a small dog being stomped to death by women in high heels. It seems unbelievable but this sort of perversion is available for sale on the internet. This case was prompted by a man wanting to sell videos showing pit bulls tearing apart hogs. I mention crush videos in the chapter on the temptation of power in my book Jesus v. Satan: The Message of the Wilderness Temptations.
This past week a new video game hit the market: “Call of Duty: Black Ops.” This hyper violent game was much awaited. In the first day it sold over five million copies and earned $360-million for Activison Blizzard. I have young clients (age 8-12) who are not only allowed to play these graphically violent games but play them with their parents. One 12-year old client is hoping that “Call of Duty: Black Ops” will be his Christmas present. It’s the only thing he really wants and he will likely get it as he has all the other “Call of Duty” games. I discourage these sorts of games but by the time the kids get to me the damage has already been done. Of course, the TV and video game industry self-righteously opine that it’s the parents duty to monitor what their kids watch. That argument is so disingenuous that it doesn’t even merit an answer. We really don’t know what will be the long term effects of this constant exposure to graphic violence. But I think it’s quite safe to say that it will be nothing positive or life-giving. Young minds are a bit like computers and there’s truth in the old “garbage in– garbage out” adage.
And so the entropic winding down of morality and decorum into the abyss will continue and none should be amazed when children bring guns to school and murder other children. God help us. The Supreme Court wont.