January 25, 2010

Dungeons & Dragons banned in Wisconsin Prison

ENTERTAINMENT - A prison in Wisconsin has banned the popular roleplaying game "Dungeons & Dragons", claiming it promotes "gang-related activity".

Using that argument the prison in question should also ban board games, card games, all games involving dice. D&D promotes teamwork, the importance of friendship, math skills, the imagination and problem solving skills. If anything prisons should be PROMOTING Dungeons & Dragons as a way to rehabilitate inmates, but instead they've been encouraged by right-wing Christian groups concerned about anything remotely "occult" to ban the game. (Does this mean they've also banned Harry Potter or Tolkien books?)

The prison has been trying to ban Dungeons & Dragons since 2004. One of the inmates, Kevin T. Singer, filed a lawsuit against Wisconsin's Waupun prison arguing his First Amendment rights were being violated and demanded that Dungeons and Dragons material confiscated from his cell be returned.

Today the 7th United States Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the prison's policy was reasonable and denied Singer's request.

Its a slippery slope America! Whats next? Burning fantasy books like Conan because Conan is a thief, a pirate, a mercenary and a rebel leader? Oh, and there's magic in the stories too. Oh dear, better not give the religious wackos any ideas.

See Also
Conan the Berserker

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