The popular cellphone game is now a weapon in the church's arsenal of hate speech.
The Westboro Baptist Church is now using the hugely popular app-based game Pokemon Go to endorse their organization.
One proud player created a trainer called “Pinknose” who caught a Jigglypuff and named him “Loveislove.” Noticing the Westboro Church was the location of a gym, he quickly claimed it in the name of Pride.
However the church quickly made use of the creation to their own avail and produced a giant Jigglypuff cutout, using it in conjunction with their signature style of hate-based picket signs which read among other things, “Same sex marriage dooms nations,” and “God hates Pride.”
Steven Drain, a church elder said of the use of the Nintendo icons, “We try to speak whatever language is being spoken.”
Drain also says that the Messiah would agree with their marketing,“Pokémon Go and sin no more. That’s what the lord Jesus Christ said. This little church, as despised and vilified as we are, the location of this church will be memorialized throughout eternity.”
He adds, “We’re willing by God’s grace to say that homosexuality is wrong, and that’s what we’ve been known for, even though we preach the whole counsel of God.”
Pokemon Go has quickly become a cultural powerhouse.
Several memes have been created to mock players who must constantly look at their phones instead of paying attention to their live surroundings.
One story this week claimed that thieves created gyms in remote areas, bringing many players to congreagate at the locations where they then robbed them.
Another report states that a woman immersed in the game found a dead body after she tried catching a Pokemon in an open field.
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