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‘Halo 3’ Is Used to Lure Boys to Churches

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Posted on Oct 7, 2007

Hundreds of Protestant churches around the country have adopted the super-popular video game “Halo 3,” in which players shoot, bomb and pistol-whip each other to death, in order to lure youngsters into the house of God. One critic of the trend points out: “If you want to connect with young teenage boys and drag them into church, free alcohol and pornographic movies would do it.”


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Those buying it must be 17 years old, given it is rated M for mature audiences. But that has not prevented leaders at churches and youth centers across Protestant denominations, including evangelical churches that have cautioned against violent entertainment, from holding heavily attended Halo nights and stocking their centers with multiple game consoles so dozens of teenagers can flock around big-screen televisions and shoot it out.

The alliance of popular culture and evangelism is challenging churches much as bingo games did in the 1960s. And the question fits into a rich debate about how far churches should go to reach young people.

Far from being defensive, church leaders who support Halo—despite its “thou shalt kill” credo—celebrate it as a modern and sometimes singularly effective tool. It is crucial, they say, to reach the elusive audience of boys and young men.

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By boggs, October 8, 2007 at 3:10 pm Link to this comment

We will be having a need for recruits for BLACKWATER militia and so who would be better equipped to call in the young and train them in the ways of Christian Warriors?
While the pastors are at it they can even train in sexuality for the young. I hear they are good at this.
And don’t forget to bring your wallet to Sunday service. They don’t provide these services for free.

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By rowdy, October 8, 2007 at 1:31 pm Link to this comment

i was promised thermonuclear holocaust,50 years ago. damn it, it still hasn’t happened. i want the end of the world as we know it. that is then only way to get rid of idiotic religions. all the fool KKKristians and moslems and jews will have what they want. it would be glorious. let’s start with jerusalem and isreal.“god’s chosen people” should be the first to burn.

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By LibertyWatch, October 8, 2007 at 10:52 am Link to this comment

This appears to me that the American churches are developing their own form of “USA Telaban” for future religious warfare. Dumb down, brain washed, narrow minded, bigoted, violent religious zealots! Sounds like the young Repukes at large!

The true believers in Christ teachings must be spinning in circles with this revelation of violence for Jesus! What kind of bumper stickers will we see?

“Nuke’m for Jesus!!!” “Jesus Loves Torture!”

What a disgusting religion that would resort to this form of entertainment to draw the young into their web of deceit, indoctrination and control.

unbelievable!

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By felix, October 8, 2007 at 9:36 am Link to this comment
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this is no right, yep?. but we are ok with the drugs on the street, and everything else. this is only is a demo of how low-culture is the u.s.a. right now!!!. they cant live without one silly game, they cant live without their cellphones or without their ipods or whatever they call them, they have to be 24 hours in front of the pc or a video, cant live without a T.V.

the people can hear a preacher without thinking: do i have my email inbox full?, THIS IS PATHETIC!! and it is the main reason of why the gringos are falling down and that s the reason of what God have allowed these things: you have a satanic church in cali of fornia, a mormon church, a jehovah-witnesses church, u.s.a. is a very religious nation.

but that s useless!!!!!!

sometimes, i sadly say: the technology can be like the worst drug of the mankind.

you cant make a religion without jesus christ and dont pay the consecuences of that.

you have to turn the face to god and return to the basics..

bring the bible to the home.


16"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,[a] that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

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By WR Curley, October 8, 2007 at 3:04 am Link to this comment
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That is the God-damndest thing I ever heard of. If the message of the Christ is no longer valid (peace, love, et al.) then you’d do better to shut the whole thing down.

WR Curley
Elizabeth, Colorado

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By Michael Gass, October 7, 2007 at 10:33 pm Link to this comment

Can hypocrisy be taken to a higher level?  Scream about kids getting access to violent content… try to get “ratings systems” for it… then use that violent content to get kids into church?????

And these zealots wonder why thinking people avoid them like the plague?

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By THE YOUNG ARE HERE, October 7, 2007 at 10:02 pm Link to this comment

Hey what are you gonna do?  Most of my friends that got in to trouble after school had to go to church for there after noon activities.  But that just ment all the “bad apples” got together.  They had the most fun there.  So i gusse if your out back getting high you need something to do after…  So you see they are getting through

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By RAE, October 7, 2007 at 9:44 pm Link to this comment

Don’t be so hard on Halo3 & the churches. It’s hard to find more graphic violence than that depicted on pages of the Bible!

Keep the sheep so “entertained” with the fantasy games they’ll hardly realize how thoroughly they’re being fleeced.

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By mary, October 7, 2007 at 6:37 pm Link to this comment

What better way to train the little sheep early.  Afterall, it takes a whole lot of sheep to keep that church solvent…...

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By QuyTran, October 7, 2007 at 5:40 pm Link to this comment

Churches of demons !

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By thomas billis, October 7, 2007 at 2:29 pm Link to this comment
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I guess Halo is better than the old advertisement.Come in and get your nuts rubbed.It was getting kind of old so it is good to see the representatives of Jesus have turned to other old standbys such as death and maiming.Remember these tools are in the hands of people who work for God what could go wrong.

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