You may have heard a silly rumor that the Allied forces won World War II and defeated fascism. You may even have relatives who fought in that war. Unfortunately, one quick look out of the window and you’ll find that claims for victory might have been a touch premature. I had recently written about a game on Facebook called Left Behind: Eternal Forces. It was immediately pointed out by several astute readers that the article I had referenced, and am referencing here, was five years old and that the game had been banned. That is what’s known as half-right. The article is, indeed, five years old. And it did result in the game being banned. Kind of. It was banned from Wal-Mart, which had been selling it and its predecessors for years, until even Wal-Mart customers figured out that a game with the tag-line “Kids will assume the role of a member of a “Christian” gang wandering the streets of a post-apocalyptic Manhattan, killing or converting as many Jews, Atheists, and other unsavory types in the employ of the Anti-Christ as possible to get to the next level. If the heathen won’t convert, the character can kill them” might – just might – be offensive to someone. The fact that Wal-Mart carried the game and had to be informed that it might – just might – be offensive tells me more about Wal-Mart than I’ll ever need to know.
But, that does not mean the game went away. Nope, there is a website devoted not only to the game but its two follow up versions. And, yes, each is just as offensive as the first only with better graphics. And, yes, you can order in quantity for stores. And there are stores that are carrying the whole set.
Now might be a good time to mention that Jesus and all his apostles were Jewish. It somehow seems salient.
To those who say “Yeah, but they’re not selling it in store near me” I say you have woefully missed the point. The point is that there are enough people out there to fund this industry. And I would dare to venture that more are your neighbors than you might be comfortable with.
Of course, if it were just one little item I would ignore it. But it isn’t. As part of their “Austrian Legends” collection, a company in Austria has released a festive, holiday oriented, line of Hitler Schnapps.
A prosecutor is investigating whether a man selling wine and schnapps with pictures of Adolf Hitler on the labels is breaking a law prohibiting displays glorifying the Nazi era.
Wilfried Siegele says he will examine whether the alleged sales break the law after complaints from a Green party member.
The man was identified Tuesday by officials and the Austria Press Agency only as Roland M., in keeping with privacy laws.
A website posting with a Facebook link to Roland Marte shows bottles with portraits of Hitler and the swastika. The site offers sales of spirits in “nostalgic bottles of former historical greats.”
A woman answering the telephone listed under Marte’s name confirmed he sold such bottles but said Marte wasn’t home. She would not identify herself.
Eva Braun mayhaps?
Again, if there weren’t customers they wouldn’t be selling this crap.
Speaking of crap, I wonder why the nice attorneys for Monopoly haven’t completely shut down this train wreck; ‘Pogromly,’ Neo-Nazi Version Of Monopoly!
No, I am not making this up.
The Holocaust is just fun and games to some hateful individuals.
A German terrorist group sold a Neo-Nazi version of Monopoly to fund its illicit activities, according to authorities.
The Local reports that “Pogromly” features a Swastika starting point, concentration camps instead of railways and “gasworks”.
The Telegraph reports that proceeds from the game were used to help finance the illegal doings of the National Socialist Underground. The group is accused of murdering at least nine men and a police officer between 2000 and 2007 and carrying out 14 bank robberies, according to the paper.
The classic Hasbro-produced version of board game focused on Atlantic City real-estate development, whereas the skinhead game center on the final solution. Players use reichsmarks, the currency of Nazi Germany, to buy up valuable properties like Dachau and Buchenwald,
The game sold for the equivalent of about $78, according to The Local.
The German Herald reports that authorities say they confiscated several sets of the game in connection with a raid on a bomb-making operation run by the group last month.
Um, Google it, you can still buy it. That raid accomplished nothing.
Above and beyond the spiteful vitriol espoused by each of these products it is sad to think there are people who’s world view is so restricted that it allows for none other than themselves. If they realized, when all is said and done, just how boring and insipid they are they might open up to some new ideas.
That would be my holiday wish.
Really, Peace on Earth isn’t all that much to ask for is it?
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