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Muslims find ‘Call of Duty’ map offensive, Activision apologizes

by Mike Hoffman on October 12, 2012

Makers of the popular first-person-shooter video game series, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, moved quickly to erase a multiplayer map after complaints surfaced that it featured holy Islamic writings in a virtual bathroom.

Muslim gamers informed Activision officials that the Favela multiplayer map has mirrors in the bathrooms with the writing “Allah is beautiful and He loves beauty” written on frames that can be read when looking through the scope. In the Islamic religion, it is offensive for Allah’s name to appear in a bathroom.

Activision officials have since apologized saying it was an oversight. The video game maker has removed the Favela multi-player map from the game until the mirrors can be removed.

“We apologize to anyone who found this image offensive. Please be assured we were unaware of this issue and that there was no intent to offend,” Activision said in a statement. “We are working as quickly as possible to remove this image and any other similar ones we may find from our various game libraries.”

In September, a low budget You Tube video that disgraces the prophet Muhammad stirred tensions in Islamic countries spurring world wide protests. A militant group used the cover of one of those protests to launch a brutal attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

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