Roberston says I'm "literally" destroying my life or the lives others by being involved with anything involving magic, even make-believe magic. Dungeons & Dragons included.
I can only shake my head, because what's the use arguing?
Robertson has made a pile of money promoting his brand of protestant fundamentalism and will continue doing so until he dies. In the meantime, the rest of us have to put up with people influenced by his words. And people are under his influence. There wouldn't be a 700 Club otherwise.
I got the video itself from Right Wing Watch. Not that read that website much, I don't. Because agencies like that are more about attacking and showing people at their worst, rather than the whole story. I'd have liked to have seen what happens before and after Robertson's swipe at D&D.
But what we really get is no better than Fox News covering only Obama's Speech for only 17 Seconds. (Well, not even that--literally).
So let me put this another way. I think God and gaming are compatible. Robertson doesn't. Okay, quick: Who's wrong? Who's the heretic or apostate?
Perhaps I am. Maybe its a sign from God that, because I play RPGs, I'm not rich. I don't have the "stewardship" over wealth like the Protestant Work Ethic teaches. But I have found my "calling" as a writer and historian who just so happens to also play D&D.
For that matter, I've always wondered what folks like Robertson think when they read the story about Jesus telling a rich young man to sell his possessions and give to the poor. The rich man goes away sad. And then Jesus tops it off with: "Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." (Matthew 19:14)
Oh yes, and on top of this, the New Testament makes numerous references of Jesus's comeback. The Book of Revelation is the capstone to all of this. If you take this literally, and people do and have done, including Robertson (who predicted the world would end in 1982, and later 1987), then you're going to be sitting around, waiting for the world to end, often subject to the whims of a charismatic leader.
I'll just go ahead and say: More people have been harmed by taking the Bible literally in the last 40 years, than from people taking D&D books literally. Yeah, I know. Its not a fair assessment, the Bible has been around far, far longer--and in many, many, more "editions" than D&D.
And yet in the last 40 years, since Gygax first published D&D...
...I have never heard of a D&D player selling all of his possessions to play D&D.
...I have never heard of a charismatic Dungeon Master telling his players to drink the poisoned Kool-Aid.
...I have never heard of a bunch of gamers forming a commune, building a compound, stockpiling weapons, and waiting for the world to end, but they're plans get foiled when the authorities come to raid the place, so they burn the place down--killing even the women and children inside.
...Nor have I heard of players reading a bunch of RPG books, and then interpretting every natural and man-made disaster, or Obama becoming President, as "a sign of the times." Nor, as far as I know, does Wizards of the Coast, Paizo, or the multitudes of other RPG companies out there, mass market books, movies, and other media promoting Millennial beliefs.
I have, however, seen "edition wars." But most of the vitriol spewed comes nowhere close to the anger I've seen when certain people argue over the meaning of scripture. Has anybody stated, "You're going to HELL because you play X edition!" and meant it?
So with that said: which is more dangerous, the Bible (in whatever edition) or say, the Player's Handbook (again, in whatever edition)?
My apologies. It's a trick question. Books aren't inherently dangerous. People are. As I've said, in my last post about God and Gaming, we are all capable of great weal and woe.
It's not the Bible or the Player's Handbook, but what you do after you've read them.