Some of the usual US nutcases are up in arms over a ouija board. Not because it's pink - which seems to me very questionable - but because it might endanger the souls of children. This is reminiscent of poor, dead Dennis Wheatley's earnest admonitions to stay away from Satanism, because it can do you terrible damage. Your head spins round, green stuff flies out of your gob, and you are very rude to clergmen.
Which is why you should not buy your niece one of these to go with her Disney Occultist outfit...
Here's what some bleating imbecile has to say about this piece of pretty pink nonsense.
"There's a spiritual reality to it and Hasbro is treating it as if it's just a game," said Stephen Phelan, communications director for Human Life International, which bills itself as the largest international pro-life organization and missionary worldwide. "It's not Monopoly. It really is a dangerous spiritual game and for [Hasbro] to treat it as just another game is quite dishonest."
Phelan, who has never played the game, said the Bible explicitly states "not to mess with spirits" and that using a Ouija board will leave a person's soul vulnerable to attack.
"All Christians should know, well everyone should, that it's opening up a person to attack, spiritually," he said. "Christians shouldn't use it."
Empty vessels maketh the most noise.
But I was slightly annoyed by all this for a different reason. I mean, until this story popped up I didn't even realise Hasbro made kiddy ouija boards. How feeble is that? I can't even keep up with the stuff that corrupts the young and hands their souls to Satan on a silver salver. Next thing you know I'll find that, in publishing ST, I'm not really doing the devil's work at all.
Oh well, let's have a seance. Note the young Patricia Routledge.