Friday, October 1, 2010

Letter to Christopher Howes, President of Colorado Retailers Association

In recent weeks Electronic Arts, a-for profit video game developer, announced the latest version of their “Medal of Honor” video game. The game is set in modern Afghanistan and allows a player to pretend to be a Taliban fighter and shoot and kill US troops. This is a complete disgrace and out of respect to our troops no retailer in Colorado should sell it.

In October, this game is scheduled to go on sale throughout Colorado and the entire country. The controversy over the game has resulted in US military installations throughout the world banning its sale in their post and base exchanges. British Defense Secretary Liam Fox said last month that he was “disgusted and angry” by what was a “tasteless product.” Secretary Fox called on retailers to show their support for the troops by not selling the game.

The Medal of Honor is the highest honor that can be earned by our soldiers. Many times it is awarded after a soldier has given his or her life for our nation. For this game to come onto the market at this time with while American servicemen and women are paying for our freedom with their lives is particularly offensive.

Officials of Electronic Arts Corporation should also rethink selling this video game. In their quest for profit, can these officials look into the eyes of those who have lost loved ones serving our country in Afghanistan with a clear conscious? Where is the respect for our soldiers?

The Colorado Retailers Association should come out with a strong public statement denouncing this product and urging all member retail outlets to refuse to carry such an offensive and vulgar product.

We look forward to your response.


Scott McInnis
US Congressman Retired

Bentley Rayburn
US Air Force General Retired

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