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January 28, 2008

Prison Rape a Game in Kansas Governor’s Mansion

Young John Sebelius, a student at the Rhode Island School of Design, has come up with a new board game about prisoners. "Don't Drop the Soap!" is reportedly what you'd expect from its idiotic title -- a raunchy board game set in a prison environment. Nice.

FoxNews describes the game:

"Fight your way through 6 different exciting locations in hopes of being granted parole," the site says. "Escape prison riots in The Yard, slip glass into a mob boss' lasagna in the Cafeteria, steal painkillers from the nurse's desk in the Infirmary, avoid being cornered by the Aryans in the Shower Room, fight off Latin Kings in Gang War, and try not to smoke your entire stash in The Hole."

I'm not sure what's worse, the ignorant premise of the game or the game's pathetic appearance. It looks like it took about 10 minutes to create. Here's hoping that his parents aren't being soaked to cover the tuition for design school.

Speaking of his parents, John Sebelius is the son of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius -- once touted as a possible running mate for John Kerry -- and is reportedly selling the game out of the Governor’s mansion. I would think that most Kansans would find that more than a bit disturbing.

Perhaps that's because most Kansans, like the rest of us, grew up with games that ended with us shouting "You sunk my battleship!" Or "Look! Four in a row. Diagonally!" Or even the classic "Checkmate!" But isn't any game that might end on an exclamation of "Ha! You just got raped in the shower!" more than a bit beneath our human dignity? Should we similarly tolerate games about date rape? And if we see a game about prison rape as different than one about date rape, what does that say about how we view prisoners? To borrow a bit, are prisoners not men and brothers?

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Diane Singer

Of all the jaw-dropping posts here at the Point, this one has got to take the prize. That this kid has dreamed up such a game, and that his mother -- the Governor -- is going along with it, is simply unfathomable. (BTW, his mother's inane commentary on the State of the Union address last night did not impress my husband or me one whit, so I guess I shouldn't be too surprised.)

I'm not surprised at the disrespect shown prisoners. My convict mentees "CHRISTIAN" families' abandoned them. When I mention my prison mentees experiences, my "CHRISITAN" friends say "do the crime, do the time" meaning the deserve all that they get. I shudder when I realize that Christ will hold them accountable for their (in) actions toward prisoners. That we abandoned/mock prisoners that Jesus singled out for visiting demonstrates how far our society has fallen from Christian principles.

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