On Mother’s Day, May 10, 2020, some nameless ghoul who does the LinkedIn postings for Blizzard Entertainment, not only mocked Mother’s Day with a sick joke, they also mocked the Blessed Mother of Jesus Christ while attempting to promote their upcoming Diablo 4 video game.
As I noted in my previous article last year, the title Blessed Mother is sacred to billions of Catholic, Orthodox, Coptic Christians and others throughout the world. Many titles of reverence and respect have been conferred upon the Blessed Virgin Mary over the last two thousands years.
The first reference to this ancient and holy title “Blessed Mother” comes from the New Testament where the Archangel Gabriel appears to the Blessed Virgin Mary who announces to her that the Holy Spirit will come upon her and she will bear the Messiah, the only Son of God, and He is to be given the name: Jesus Christ:
“For he took notice of his lowly servant girl, and from now on all generations will call me blessed.” ― Luke 1:48
The writers at Blizzard could have easily chosen any number of titles to assign to their uber-villain Lilith, but they did not. Instead they decided to cavalierly mock the Blessed Mother — the Blessed Virgin Mary — by stealing this title and giving it to their video game demon. Not only is this reckless appropriation of the sacred a disgrace, is evidence of intellectual and creative sloth. Blizzard executives should be ashamed of themselves for green-lighting this anti-Christian title for this Diablo 4 character.
Where are the Christians who work at Blizzard? If any even exist, are they going to allow this mockery to stand?
Can anyone imagine the furor that would ensue if Blizzard took a title considered sacred to Jews, Muslims, Hindus or Buddhists and recklessly mocked it?
Never forget that Blizzard is a company that bends over backwards to appease the cultural sensibilities of the billion people enslaved under the thumb of Communist China by removing skeletons and other elements such as blood from NPC models in the Chinese version of World of Warcraft.
But according to an article from TechinAsia, there are no official regulations from the Chinese government which stipulate that skeletons should not be included in video games like WoW. From the article:
Since the rules are broad and open to interpretation, game publishers will often choose to err on the side of caution and cut or edit anything that might be perceived as objectionable before the Ministry of Culture’s review process. That gives the game a better chance of getting approved, which means it can be released in China.
This tells me that Blizzard is willing to go the extra mile not to offend people when there is the possibility that they might be denied entry into that market. In the USA, Blizzard because of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the current woke state of American culture, they know they can get away with mocking Christianity because they will not incur a backlash and a substantive financial penalty for doing so.
So when profits are potentially threatened, suddenly artistic integrity that Blizzard cherishes is conveniently thrown to the wayside. When profitability is not impacted, their artistic integrity is held up as a noble virtue and anything goes.
The truth is, the sensibilities of Christian gamers are expendable at Blizzard. Yet the wants and needs of feminists, racial minorities, LGBTQ persons are constantly pandered to despite comprising a small minority of the playerbase.
But why needlessly offend Christians who make up 70% of the population in the USA?
I can only conclude that as Blizzard has morphed into the woke LGBTQ friendly Blizzard 2.0, there is deliberate anti-Christian, angry atheist, progressive element in charge of Blizzard that delights in this kind of diabolical mockery and disrespect of the Christian faith.
This kind of behavior from Blizzard does not surprise me in the least. The Diablo series lore is a crude appropriation and amateur re-imagining of angelic warfare from both the biblical Old and New Testament scriptures as well as art direction from visions of Hell from Dante, saints, poets, mystics and visionaries. As is typical with Blizzard video games, their modus operandi is to steal what they are incapable of creating.
I rarely talk about my Christian faith on this site but at some point you have to take a stand and call out evil when you see it. We are living in dark times as predicted by St. Paul two thousand years ago:
For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred.
There is only one Blessed Mother and she is the Blessed Virgin Mary. I urge Blizzard Entertainment to do the right thing and remove this ancient and sacred Christian title from their fictional character Lilith.