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Pat Robertson Says Dungeons And Dragons Is ‘Demonic,’ Linked To Teen Suicide

by David Badash on June 10, 2013

in News,Religion

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Pat Robertson, ignoring the reality of teen suicide, says the popular and decades-old role playing game Dungeons & Dragons is “demonic,” and links it to the increasing rate of teen suicide.

While teen suicide is both tragic and increasing — the CDC reports approximately 4600 lives of those aged 10 and 24 are lost each year — Robertson is wholly wrong about Dungeons & Dragons, and everything else he cites.

“The top three methods used in suicides of young people include firearm (45%), suffocation (40%), and poisoning (8%),” the CDC reports — not “death by cars,” or bulimia or anorexia, which Robertson mentions. Those of course may contribute to suicide rates, but if Robertson, who claims to be “pro-family” and concerned about America’s youth, wants to actually open a national conversation about teen suicide — which he and all of us should — it’s important to actually look at facts — and not blame straw men, like Dungeons & Dragons.

Right Wing Watch notes in “a previous edition of the show, Robertson called Dungeons & Dragons ‘evil‘ and said it has ‘literally destroyed people’s lives.’”

Robertson is the author of many books, like Miracles Can Be Yours Today.



If you’re an LGBTQ youth or teen and considering suicide, please visit the Trevor Project.

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SeanLiberty13 June 10, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Nope; Pat Roberston IS demonic and the cause of teen suicide.

Ceadrus June 10, 2013 at 3:37 pm

First off Mr Robertson is a FALSE prophet and should be treated as such, see Leviticus for that answer…

Second: Anyone notice he has a striking resemblance to a cartoon character in "Pinky and the Brain?" Kinda creepy…. Just sayin….

lepidopteryx June 10, 2013 at 8:46 pm

Guess he had to have another scapegoat now that he can no longer blame it on Ozzy Osbourne.

spiker1961 June 11, 2013 at 6:40 pm

Taking your final line, "Robertson is a *unt"

spiker1961 June 11, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Sorry – I may have missed out "c"

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