You know, even though I started playing Dungeons & Dragons in about 1978 or 1979, I never encountered the religious opposition to it — you know, "if you play that game, you're going to Hell." (I did encounter the social opposition to it — "if you play that game, you will never have sex with a woman" — and for an uncomfortably long period of time it looked as if they were right.)
So I was a little surprised to see that there's still some religion-based bad feelings about D&D. The creator, Gary Gygax, died this year, and in his honor participants at the largest annual gaming conference, GenCon, decided to donate auction proceeds to his favorite charity, the Christian Children's Fund.
The Christian Children's Fund turned it down, using what sounds to me like a weak and disingenuous excuse:
Christian Children’s Fund made the decision to decline the gift from GenCon, LLC as the request presented to us gave the appearance that CCF (the organization) was an endorser or supporter of a gaming convention, which CCF was not.
As [with] many non-profit organizations, CCF is selective in its endorsements or support in order to maintain the integrity of its name and logo. We cannot lend our name to an event for which we have no involvement. This decision should in no way be interpreted as CCF holding an opinion on Mr. Gygax, gaming enthusiasts or the game Dungeons and Dragons.
Oh, bullshit. No reasonable observer could possibly conclude that CCF was endorsing or supporting anything. The circumstances made it perfectly clear that hobbyists had decided to donate proceeds to the favorite charity of a beloved figure to commemorate him.
Fortunately, another charity had no such bug up its ass and accepted the money in the spirit in which it was offered.
CCF should be embarrassed.
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