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A look at the obscure video game references on the Moorhead mosque vandalism

Vandalism on the Moorhead mosque show a bizarre scorpion tail emblem, and the quote "Kane Lives." But what does this mean?

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MOORHEAD — The scorpion emblem and "Kane lives" quote both reference the once popular video game series, Command and Conquer. It goes back to 1995, first developed by Westwood Studios.

Command and Conquer is a fictional war strategy game in which the Global Defense Initiative competes with the cult-like Brotherhood of Nod for control over a resource called Tiberium. Nod is seen as "the bad guys," led by Kane. He's a mysterious long-living superhuman, fighting for global power using his charismatic leadership and Brotherhood of Nod armies.

Throughout the video game storyline, Kane is thought to have died at one point. It was later revealed that he is still alive, starting the quote "Kane Lives."

This fictional villain does share themes with totalitarian rulers and fascism. But Kane and the Brotherhood of Nod are not specifically linked to racism or sexism in the game — just global domination. "Kane lives" is also not linked to racism in-game. It is simply a well known quote from the series.

"Kane lives" was spray painted on the mosque in Moorhead along with two scorpion logos from the game, with the word "Nod" underneath one of them.

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Authorities still don't know why they were included with the racist and sexist graffiti.

More than 20 games in the Command and Conquer series were released between 1995 and 2020.

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