Austrian Anti-Muslim Game Stokes OutrageS

A right-wing Austrian political party's published a flash game in which the countryside is overrun with minarets and mosques and players must stop their construction. Because nationalism and xenophobia's so much more fun when it's in the German language!

Moschee Baba ("Bye-Bye Mosque") is a minute-long, shooting-gallery type game in which a stop sign is clicked on a minaret, mosque, or muezzin (the guys who sound the morning calls to prayer). It's a political ad for the Freedom Party in the Styrian province; regional elections are coming at the end of the month.

No one's killed and nothing's destroyed in the game, but its tone is pretty hateful and paranoid and it's pissed off political opponents but good. Social Democrats, the Green Party and the Muslim community have demanded the game's removal and an investigation for "incitement."

The game is, of course, a gross caricature of the reality of the situation in Austria. Only four mosques with a visible minaret exist in the country. None are in Styria, whose population is 1.2 percent Muslim.

After the game ends, it serves players with a push poll, asking if there should be a ban on minaret construction, wearing of burqas, niqabs or other Islamic garments, and if Muslims should sign some oath accepting Austrian law's primacy over the Koran. Fun stuff.

Far-Right Anti-Mosque Video Game Triggers Outrage In Austria [Reuters]