Church of England on video games: "a bubbling sewer of gratuitously violent and sexual pornography"

Church official claims gaming is the Devil's work

The Church of England has not been accepting of video games in the past, decrying Sony's use of the Manchester Cathedral in the PlayStation 3 game Resistance: Fall of Man. The country's scientific community have also rallied against gaming, with former director of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, Baroness Susan Greenberg, using her position to speak against the adverse physical effects of playing video games. And now, a former politician-turned-church official is adding another element of cross-continental criticism.

Game Politics has a report emanating from a meeting of church officials yesterday evening in which former member of Parliament Tom Benyon spoke out against video games, stating "A bubbling sewer of gratuitously violent and sexual pornography in DVD games are washing all around us."

Benyon cited the church's longer-standing aversion to rock music during the speech too, stating "I know that the Devil is said to have all the best tunes. Without any question of doubt he has the monopoly of violent and pornographic videogames."