According to noted astronomer, biologist, and jack-of-many trades Pat Robertson, posting ultrasound pictures of your potential child opens the door for “cultists” to get the picture and do all sorts of unpleasant things, like plant curses.
Viewer “Cynthia” wrote into Robertson’s show, saying that her daughter was expecting their first child. She notes that while everyone was happy, it was common for “young parents” to “regularly post fetal ultrasound photos as their Facebook photo.” Speaking as someone who is surrounded by friends who’ve done this, all I can say is that in 20 years, employers are going to get some really weird results when they look up potential candidates online.
“Cynthia” was worried whether or not there are any “spiritual” issues with this practice, because like all those things kids are doing these days that older people stuck in the past refuse to understand, it must surely be evil.
I know what you’re thinking, but no: Robertson says that there isn’t any “spiritual harm” in doing this. It’s a surprisingly rational answer that he promptly torpedoes in the most insane way not even a few seconds later:
There are demons and there are evil people in the world, and you post a picture like that and some cultist gets hold of that, a coven, and they begin this muttering curses against this unborn child. I just don’t think that this business of posting the most intimate parts of your body on Facebook . . . I just can’t see it. To me, it’s abhorrent. It’s not necessarily unbiblcal, it’s just abhorrent.
The last time I dealt at length with cultists, I was a drow druid who spammed bears (because that’s how you play a druid in 3.5). Last time I did it as a game master, my player’s party consisted of an ethical mind flayer and a talking raccoon.
I bring up table top roleplaying games for more than just the obscure in-joke more than half the audience won’t get. Robertson and those like him live in a world that’s not too different from the world that TTRPG characters live in. It’s a world full of danger, demons, and existential threats to humanity. The only difference is that, at the end of the session, TTRPG players can step back and realize it’s a game.
The day Robertson and other Right-Wing Christians can do that will be a cold day in the Nine Hells indeed.
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