Scott Compton Jun-28-93 10:57AM D+D and Catholisicm Results... D+D or known as Dungeons an

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Scott Compton Jun-28-93 10:57AM D&D and Catholisicm Results... Organization: Stanford University, California From: galahad@leland.Stanford.EDU (Scott Compton) Message-ID: <1993Jun28.185717.3281@leland.stanford.edu> Newsgroups: alt.atheism D&D or known as Dungeons and Dragons came under political fire by many christian groups in the mid-1980's after a few events that happened in the mass-media. One of these events occurred on the CBS broadcasting of 60 minutes that tried (attempted) to link D&D with satanic rituals as well as the suicidal death of a teenager that was obsessed with the game. Since that time, the mass of society read articles in the newspapers and religious rags about how this game was corruptive. Those in society who did play the game knew that it was simply that-- a game. But for those who were ignorant, it bred immitation, and before long, D&D became banned in MANY religious christian communities, as well as with other religious groups as well. The religious pressure was also felt in schools where the separation of church and state was 'suppose' to be upheld. But many junior high and High Schools banned the game, and made it an offense to play it at school, even during lunch breaks (Virginia & South Carolina I believe). So with the mass-media brainwashing beliefs, D&D kind of dwindled out. AD&D and AD&D 2nd edition became more popular as well as countless other RPGs. These games also came under fire from mostly fundimental christian groups that were really caught up with devil belief. However, other non-profit organizations such as CAR-PGa and GAMA gathered enough information to start blocking these groups. Religions against D&D: Christianity is the major force against role-playing games, especially those games which contain Gods, Deities, Myths, Pentagrams (symbols), spells (and their evil components), demons, devils, monsters, or necromancy. However, other religious groups also oppose D&D. The many cases that have been documented are some-few Catholic groups as well as Mormons. These Catholic and Mormon cases vary from indi- vidual to individual; moreover, all of Catholism and Mormonism does not take a solid stance on an issue so trivial as a game. Ex-Catholics and ex-mormons have stated that they have felt pressure from their religion to not take part in playing such games. The same is true of many christians and ex-christians where they still feel pressure to not play D&D or RPGs. This pressure usually stems from their parents, and their parents often use religion as their backing to have their kids stop playing. Thus, it is implicit, subtle, and even if the Pope, a priest, a minister, or preacher does not outright say that the game should not be played, the word eventually gets around via gossip and peer pressure. Christianity also does not take a broad stance against RPGs as well, but the peer pressure against playing the game is far stronger in those circles. Some churches have gone as far to ban the game, while other christian establishments actually let their followers play the game within church walls (God forbid!). The D&D problem is far worse here in the United States than other countries as well. In Australia, England and in Germany, it is known that the game is not in opposition. Most likely, this is due to the media-slander on the game in the US in the 1980's. There has been little or no slander in countries abroad. Hence, when evaluating whether or not a certain religion will oppose D&D, one needs to take into account what each religious group accepts and disbelieves. Thus, many fundimental christian groups believe that ONE god exists as well as the devil. Since there is a broad selection of gods, demons, and devils, they take the game as a serious and personal threat. If one was to view Catholisicm, one would have to look at each individual church to see what how the particular community feels on the matter. If you are in the deep-south, and the town you are living in is bible-thumping, most likely, the game will be looked down upon compared to a place like San Fransisco. Other religions that do not have anything to do with the Bible, such as Muslims and Hindu's actually stand behind D&D, for the most part, 100%. This is not earth-shattering news since most of the information within the game has mostly christian and western-based myths (with a few exceptions of course). OVerall, RPGs are finally coming to a point in the bulk of society that is accpetable. This is probably due to one's experience playing the game-- If you have played it, you will know nothing is wrong. Moreover, this is an issue of ignorance and those that oppose it based on gossip are simply that. Scotty

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