Saturday, November 01, 2008

The CCF Turns Down Money from Gamers

GenCon, a massive gaming convention, holds an auction every year and donates a portion of the proceeds to charity.

Last year Gary Gygax, co-creator of D&D, passed. In Gygax's honor, GenCon decided to donate the proceeds of the auction to his favorite charity, the Christian Children's Fund.

The CCF declined over $17,000, and the reigning assumption is that they felt the money was "tainted" by its association with the occult.

I struggle to believe that there are people out there who actually believe in something clearly good, like helping starving children, and apparently also believe complete nonsense, like the delusional tracts of Jack Chick.

What kind of God would rather see starving children than catch anyone palling around with hobbyists? What kind of monster would you have to worship before "not taking charity" is the appropriate moral response in this situation?

I hope in the coming days the CCF will come forward to set the record straight.