Guess Which Country BANNED POKEMON?

Oh, religion never fails to make people get annoyed simply some of the most harmless things ever. What harm does Pokemon do?

I used to love Pokemon when I was younger. I never really watched the TV show but I did have a lot of Pokemon cards, and I really enjoyed playing with them.

It is one of the most harmless franchises ever, with absolutely nothing in it that could be deemed offensive, rude, insulting, derogatory, upsetting or politically incorrect in any way.

Oh, wait. I forgot about religion. Now, once we bring religion in, what was a harmless franchise and idea becomes so shocking that in one case it was BANNED!

Can you believe it? It’s simply the most disgusting thing to do ever. Pokemon is not offensive and there is absolutely no reason why it should be banned anywhere.

So, can you guess which country banned Pokemon?

Well, if you answered Saudi Arabia, you’re correct!

PanARMENIAN.NetSaudi Arabia‘s top clerical body has revived a 2001 religious edict prohibiting Pokemon in response to public calls for guidance on the newly launched smartphone version of the game, AFP reports.

The augmented-reality game Pokemon Go, which is based on a 1996 Nintendo game, has created a global frenzy as players roam the real world looking for cartoon monsters.

Despite Pokemon Go not yet being officially available in ulta-conservative Saudi Arabia, many have downloaded it illegally and have started hunting for virtual “pocket monsters”.

The kingdom’s Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta said in its latest announcement on its website that it has republished a 2001 edict on the game after “receiving many questions” on it from the public.

The 15-year-old fatwa said the game was too much like gambling and that the concept of its characters appeared to be based on Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, which is rejected by Islam.

It also said most cards on the game carried symbols of “deviant” religions and organizations, such as “international Zionism” and Israel, Christian crosses, Freemasonry, and symbols from Japan’s native Shinto religion, AFP says

The Pokemon game was un-Islamic as it contains polytheism, said the edict, without specifically referring to the popular smartphone app.

Pokemon Go uses smartphone satellite location, graphics and camera capabilities to overlay cartoon monsters on real-world settings, challenging players to capture and train the creatures for battles.

It has already been blamed for a wave of crimes, traffic violations and complaints in cities around the globe.

Saudi Arabia revives fatwa prohibiting Pokemon” by Pan Armenian Network is licensed under CC BY 3.0

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRGH!

It just makes me so angry that a harmless game and entertainment franchise was banned. There is nothing wrong with POKEMON!

What the hell has it got to do with Zionism?

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One thought on “Guess Which Country BANNED POKEMON?

  1. socalkdl says:

    Yet one more reason for separation of church and state. Could you imagine what would happen if Mike Pence became President after Donald Trump was impeached? World of Warcraft would be on the chopping block, it’s got all sorts of demons in it. I remember when I was in seminary, I was an avid Dungeons and Dragons player. I met weekly with other seminarians to play. I was even a “Dungeon Master, hosting my own world for friends to play in. Of course, there were some Christians that were sure I was opening myself up to “demonic forces,” and would warn me about it. But in reality, the only downside to playing AD&D was the amount of time I devoted to it. Probably too much.

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