Religious Right Wigs Out Over a Toy

Religious Right Wigs Out Over a Toy February 8, 2010

The latest religious right freakout seems to be over a pink toy that is apparently going to force little girls to worship Satan and infest them with demons. I mean, it would do those things if Satan and demons actually existed.

A pink version of the popular Ouija board game has some critics seeing red.

The children’s sleepover staple — sold by Hasbro since 1967 — now comes in hot pink, an edition released two years ago that gets tweens to call on “spirits” to spell out answers to life’s pressing questions.

Which makes it the equivalent of a magic 8 ball, for crying out loud. But not to everyone:

It’s designed for young girls ages 8 and older, but some say the mysterious product is a “dangerous spiritual game” that opens up anyone, particularly Christians, to attacks on their soul…

“There’s a spiritual reality to it and Hasbro is treating it as if it’s just a game,” said Stephen Phelan, communications director for Human Life International, which bills itself as the largest international pro-life organization and missionary worldwide. “It’s not Monopoly. It really is a dangerous spiritual game and for [Hasbro] to treat it as just another game is quite dishonest.”

Phelan, who has never played the game, said the Bible explicitly states “not to mess with spirits” and that using a Ouija board will leave a person’s soul vulnerable to attack.

“All Christians should know, well everyone should, that it’s opening up a person to attack, spiritually,” he said. “Christians shouldn’t use it.”

Asked how the game differed from magic kits or Harry Potter-themed merchandise, Phelan replied, “The difference is that the Ouija board is actually is a portal to talk to spirits and it’s hard to get people to understand that until they actually do it. I don’t pretend to know how it works, but it actually does.”

Phelan also noted that the pink version of the game is explicitly marketed to young girls who may want to partake in “something dangerous” during a late-night sleepover.

Hey, I have an idea. If these folks don’t want their kids to play with this game….don’t buy the game. I know, I know, I’m being logical again. I gotta stop that.

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