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Monday, January 30, 2012

Tony Perkins fears the crossing of light sabers

"Give yourself to the Dark Side...yes,
your thoughts betray you."
From Opposing Views:
On his daily radio broadcast, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins attacked the video game 'Star Wars: The Old Republic' for allowing same-sex relationships: "In a new Star Wars game, the biggest threat to the empire may be homosexual activists!" 
Stephen Reid of Bioware, the game maker, recently announced that players could have “same gender romances with companion characters” as part of “a post-launch feature.”
Nothing in this story is shocking. It's not shocking that SW:TOR is allowing for romantic relationships between your character and same-sex NPCs (non-player characters) because this is Bioware. The same or similar options were available in Mass Effect 2 and 3 and Dragon Age 1 and 2, so if they didn't have it in SW:TOR it would be a surprise.

Similarly, there's nothing shocking about Tony Perkins predicting that homosexuality will be the End of All Things, though he might want to know that in this game (as in the films), the empire are...well, the bad guys. So in a world of ruthless bounty hunters and a rigidly controlling organization intent on dominating the universe, the ultimate threat is a group of people who want to live in same-sex relationships, and those who support their right to do so.

Hmm, that must be how people like Perkins perceive the real world every day. 

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