The Great Dungeons and Dragons Panic

Remember when evangelical Christians went absolutely batshit over Dungeons & Dragons? I do. I was a Christian then, and I remember numerous books and TV shows about how D&D was Satan’s plan to kill the youth of America, how it was being used to get teenagers possessed by demons, making them commit suicide, rape girls, become gay, take drugs, and on and on. D&D was the latest item on the Christian’s list of things the Devil was using to take over the world. D&D signaled the end of the age and the imminent return of Jesus Christ.

Nowadays, of course, it’s Obama.

But here’s a great article from BBCs website about those heady, paranoid days of the 80s:

The great 1980s Dungeons & Dragons panic