One of the toys that we three kids played with when I was younger was an Ouija board. Oddly, no matter what question was asked, or by whom, the answer usually matched the thoughts of the oldest of the three. Not little (((Billy))). Harmless fun. Well, for me, annoying. For my older sisters, fun.
Years later, I discovered that Ouija boards were not viewed as harmless fun. They were, according to one local preacher (local (at this time) being Western Maryland) decried the boards as a gateway to Satanism. As marijuana leads inexorably to opium, so Ouija leads directly to Satanic cults, orgies, human sacrifice. atheism, Darwinism, voting Democrat, alcoholism, divorce, and viewing the Bible as allegorical. Apparently, Christians (the specific subset of literalist Christians (and selected others)) are so insecure that they think a children’s game — a boring children’s game — is a threat to their belief system. Read the rest of this entry ?