Call of Duty publishers Activision made the decision to pull Modern Warfare 2 map 'Favela' from rotation over the weekend, after Muslims found Allah's "holy teachings" enscribed on a painting that hung above a toilet in it. The text surrounding the painting reportedly read "Allah is beautiful and He loves beauty".
The map has been pulled from the game while Activision and developers Infinity Ward remove the "offensive" imagery, with Activision offering this statement:
"We apologise to anyone who found this image offensive. Please be assured we were unaware of this issue and that there was no intent to offend. We are working as quickly as possible to remove this image and any other similar ones we may find from our various game libraries.
"We are urgently working to release a Title Update to remove the texture from Modern Warfare 3. We are also working to remove the texture from Modern Warfare 2 through a separate Title Update. Until the TU is ready, we have removed the Favela multiplayer map from online rotation.
"Activision and our development studios are respectful of diverse cultures and religious beliefs, and sensitive to concerns raised by its loyal game players. We thank our fans for bringing this to our attention."
The YouTube video that started the backlash from some (with added emphasis on the some) members of the Muslim community can be viewed below:
What the creator of this video, YouTube user 'KhaleDQ84EveR', is saying is that it is forbidden for the words of Allah to be in a bathroom. However, what he doesn't seem to understand is that the bathroom is not a real bathroom, much in the same way that the hundreds of innocent civilians he kills in the campaign mission 'No Russian' are not real innocent civilians. It is highly unlikely that an omnipotent creator of the universe would concern himself with a virtual painting hanging above a virtual toilet.