Friday, August 29, 2008

Public Life and Personal Faith

Larry Mayes, chief of human services for the City of Boston, closed the first convocation of the 2008-2009 school year by saying, “I am going to be faithful to the God I serve and the people who have given me an opportunity to have an impact on their lives.”
Rev. Craig McMullen, director of the Gordon in Boston program, introduced Mayes and briefly explained what Mayes’ job as a government official entails: dealing with civil rights, homelessness, youth services and women’s issues, among many others that crop up in a city of 600,000 residents and two million commuters.
Mayes spoke of his job as a responsibility and gave an example of one of the legislative actions his office recently took against violent video games: just as it is illegal to sell pornography to minors, Mayes believes it should be illegal to sell mature-rated video games to minors.
One particular video game that stands out to him is the controversial Grand Theft Auto 3, which has a scene where a pimp and a prostitute have (implied) sex. The pimp apparently decides it wasn’t worth his money, beats the prostitute to death, and takes his money back.
Mayes said, “As government officials, when we see Grand Theft Auto 3, someone has to have the good sense to stand up for the . . . parents who are just trying to protect their children.”

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