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Real vs. virtual killing: An open letter to Joe Lieberman

By Scott Tibbs, March 14, 2011

Dear Senator Lieberman,

I am watching the movie Moral Kombat, a documentary about video game violence. You were quoted very early in the movie and you have been a vocal critic of video game violence for nearly 20 years.

First, let me tell you about myself. I have been an avid gamer for 30 years. I have owned the Atari 2600, ColecoVision, NES, Super NES, Atari Lynx, Nintendo 64, PlayStation 2 and Nintendo DS. I follow the industry and the games themselves. I have written a number of articles on the social and political issues surrounding games.

I am also an anti-abortion activist. I have stood in front of Planned Parenthood and pleaded with women not to allow that clinic to kill their unborn children. I am a former president of Monroe County Right to Life and I have been working to oppose abortion and public funding of abortionists for nearly 15 years.

You and I disagree on both issues.

You are vehemently opposed to virtual killing, represented by pixels and polygons on a monitor or TV screen. Yet you support the real killing of unborn children. You have supported and voted to give taxpayer money to a damnable industry that has murdered 50 million people since 1973.

I simply cannot see the logic in your position, Senator Lieberman. You become morally outraged by representations of killing in a video game, where no real person is so much as scratched. But you support real killing of real human beings. You support killing babies by dismemberment for profit.

Please explain this to me. Please explain why pixels and polygons depicting the dismemberment of a fictional character requires hearings in the U.S. Senate, while the unmitigated evil of abortion requires the federal government to subsidize the most notorious abortion providers. I legitimately want to understand your position.