These days, you can hardly turn around without hearing about some lawsuit or other in the games industry. It’s so common, you could probably change the names of the parties involved and no one would notice. So when the Church Of England gets into the act, one tends to take a second look.

What has raised the ire of various church dignitaries is Sony’s Resistance: Fall of Man shooter. One scene takes place in Manchester Cathedral, where, apparently, a massive gun battle occurs.

Church officials are upset about this, really upset. They are demanding an apology from Sony and the removal of the game from stores. That last one is a bit late in the day, as Resistance has been out for awhile now. Regardless, they are threatening to sue Sony if the company doesn’t comply.

The setting of the game, by the way, is a mythical alternate history where Earth is invaded by aliens; it isn’t a modern-day, “our world” milieu.

This brings us to the question: is there any place that should be “off limits” in a game? Especially a shooter?

Sony is expected to provide a formal reply on Monday. In the meantime, check out the article and see what you think.

Church Of England vs. Sony at BBC