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While many churches are embracing video game nights as a means ofreaching out to youth, a pastor in Newport News, Virginia would like tosee violent video games and rap music go up in smoke.
As reported by the Daily Press,Rev. Richard Patrick, 42, blames violent entertainment for the crimewhich he says has affected 90% of his congregation in one way oranother:

We are considering having something similarto a rally where parents and children can bring CDs and video gamesthat they consider are destructive to the mind set of our youth andhave a burning, just like they had a gun buyback last year...

Youngpeople are being influenced by what they see and what they hear. Theyare being influenced by television ... television and videos aretelling young people a vision but something that's not reality...

[Violentmedia] has a tremendous influence on young people and violence. That'sbasically all they see. Most of them try to emulate what they see, whenin reality, the people they see don't even live in those communities.Some of the rappers they see on TV portraying crime don't live in theurban areas they live in the suburbs somewhere. It's all a facade.

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