Australian ‘Grand Theft Auto’ Fans Seek to Ban Bible after Game Banned in Stores

Grand_Theft_Auto_V Credit Rockstar GamesA number of Australians are calling for the Bible to banned in two popular retail outlets after they became upset that a controversial video game will not be on the shelves anytime soon.

According to reports, fans of “Grand Theft Auto” are unhappy that Kmart and Target will not be stocking the latest version of the game, which was released last year but also came out last month for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One users. The moratorium on the game comes as the result of a petition signed by 50,000 Australians who find “Grand Theft Auto V” to be a “sickening game encourages players to commit sexual violence and kill women.”

“This game means that after various sex acts, players are given options to kill women by punching her unconscious, killing with a machete, bat or guns to get their money returned,” the petition against the video game read. “Games like this are grooming yet another generation of boys to tolerate violence against women. It is fueling the epidemic of violence experienced by so many girls and women in Australia—and globally.”

“We have firsthand experience of this kind of sexual violence. It haunts us, and we’ve been trying to rebuild our lives ever since,” it states. “Just knowing that women are being portrayed as deserving to be sexually used by men and potentially murdered for sport and pleasure—to see this violence that we lived through turned into a form of entertainments is sickening and causes us great pain and harm.”

Target and Kmart decided not to stock “Grand Theft Auto V” as a result of the outrage.

“We’ve been speaking to many customers over recent days about the game and there is a significant level of concern about the game’s content,” a Target spokesman told reporters. “We feel the decision to stop selling GTA 5 is in line with the majority view of our customers.”

But now, fans of “Grand Theft Auto” have now launched another petition calling for the Bible to be equally banned from the stores’ shelves as they assert that it also “encourages readers to commit sexual violence and kill women.” With currently over 40,000 signatures, the petition was written to seemingly mirror the effort against the controversial video game as it contains similar but altered language.

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“It’s a book that encourages readers to murder women for entertainment,” the petition reads. “The incentive is to commit sexual violence against women, then abuse or kill them to proceed or get ‘God’ points…”

It then points to a Scripture from God’s law in Leviticus 21:9, which states that the judicial punishment for daughters of holy priests who are convicted of prostituting themselves is death.

“[The Bible] shows hatred and contempt for women in the sex industry and puts them at greater risk,” the petition claims. “This book spreads the idea that certain women exist as scapegoats for male violence.”

Some are unsure as to whether the petition is serious or a satirical joke. Others are appalled at its assertions, which they contend are false.

“I would love to see where the Bible ‘encourages’ abuse against women,” one commenter named John wrote. “[P]rostitutes were allowed to change their ways. The example of Rahab is a good example of this. She too was a prostitute, but God spared her life because she put faith in Him.”

“The Bible actually holds women in very high regard,” he continued. “At 1 Peter 3:7 it says we are to assign our wives ‘honor’ so that our prayers are not hindered. The Bible also talks about the taking care of widows at Deuteronomy 24:19-21. The gleaning of fields was to be for widows, foreign residents and the fatherless boy. Again, showing compassion for women and treating them with respect.”

“The only people that are being made to look bad are the gamers,” opined another named Cody. “To me, I see this as just them acting like toddlers, throwing a tantrum just because their game got pulled.”

Photo: Rockstar Games

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  • 4everlife

    Believe it or not, these abominable games are attached with an evil spirit. It is not “just a game”. Let us pray that the Lord will give us wisdom and counsel in all our transactions.

    • ThanksGod

      Would you like to purchase my daughter? I’m selling her for $7.59 USD, the converted price of 30 shekels as outlined by God in Leviticus 27:4. As we both know, God’s word is eternal and unchanging.

      • Carol Cantell Moorby

        ThanksGod……….Remember, we are NOT under the Old Testament law anymore. We are now under GRACE in the New Testament. That’s what the finished work of Jesus was on the cross! Law is death….. HRACE is life!

        • Byron Gordon

          “Remember, we are NOT under the Old Testament law anymore. We are now under GRACE in the New Testament”

          But isn’t the Old Testament the infallible word of God?

          Did God get it wrong?

    • Carol Cantell Moorby

      AMEN! Demon spirits that attach them self to unknowing people……We are NOT fighting flesh but principalities and powers of darkness. God warns us NOT to put any evil before our eyes for good reason. Stick to sports…

  • jcrosby35

    It always amazes me how some people hate the light and love darkness. Jesus is Lord.

    • Carol Cantell Moorby

      Yes, Jesus is Lord,

  • jeff_jos72

    I am a believer and I have the latest of GTA; it’s just a game.

    • Carol Cantell Moorby

      Jeff_jos72… You are a believer in what? Bible Christians know the bible and it forbids putting evil before your eyes. God says ” my people perish for lack of knowledge. It’s NOT just a game. That’s what satan makes you believe. He is the father of lies and has deceived you. It makes people desensitized to killings and death.It shows that life is meaningless…..They justify it…..There have been documentaries on television that have exposed the dangers of these video games……There were doctors and psychiatrists who also documented these findings. They are professionals and know what they’re talking about.

      • 4everlife


      • jeff_jos72

        Nothing lacking in playing this game. I know how it works.

      • jeff_jos72

        That’s a blanket statement. Psychiatric drugs desensitizes people to killing and death, this has been documented as all or most of the shooters or killers were on psychiatric medication. Why would I want to kill someone because of a game; that’s silly.

    • TheBBP

      “WWJD?” might sound silly, but there is a lot of weight to the question. Sinning is bad enough. Pretending that what you are doing is not sin is downright dangerous.

      • jeff_jos72

        Pretending there is no pretending. I just play the game. Would you prefer playing with squares and circles?

    • Rose

      Just for the sake of my curiosity, and putting religion aside, what do you normally do in this game?

      • jeff_jos72

        Compete against other players.

        • Rose

          in what? I don’t quite understand the game. Is it a racing game or first person shooter?

          • jeff_jos72

            It’s everything. Racing, Shooting,Tennis. Ect. But mostly open world 3rd person shooter. Steeling cars, blowing stuff up…but no one is is hurt in the making of this game.

          • jeff_jos72

            Look it up on the internet.

  • bowie1

    Can’t the critics simply order the game from a online source? I imagine many products are available if not from K-Mart or Target then perhaps someone else – even the manufacturer.

    • Of course they could! This is just manufactured outrage. Anyone with an IQ higher than room temperature can see right through this scam. I think it may even be a way to boost sales of the game as anything “banned” is automatically a hot item.