Pokemon Go: Westboro Baptist Church Recruits Jigglypuff in Wake of Trolling

"Pokemon Go and sin no more. That's what the lord Jesus Christ said."


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The mobile game Pokemon Go challenges players to embark into the real world in search of creatures and gyms where they can do battle. Gyms are found at a number of places, including churches.

Now, it's been discovered that the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas is among them.

Via Reddit user ProtoSori
Via Reddit user ProtoSori

As USA Today reports, Pokemon Go players have claimed the gym and are trolling the controversial, anti-LGBT church. Some have given their Pokemon, including Clefairy (above), names such as "LOVEISLOVE" and "STOP HATE!"

The church responded with a tweet featuring an image of popular Pokemon Jigglypuff, whom they recruited in an effort to "deal with the sodomite loveislove Clefairy." As you can see, Jigglypuff is holding a sign that reads, "Repent or perish."

Regarding its use of the Pokemon imagery, Westboro Baptist Church elder Steve Drain told USA Today, "We try to speak whatever language is being spoken."

"Pokemon Go and sin no more. That's what the lord Jesus Christ said," he added.

As for the Westboro Baptist Church being taken over (in the game) by Pokemon Go players, Drain didn't seem fazed.

"This little church, as despised and vilified as we are, the location of this church will be memorialized throughout eternity," he said.

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"" "Pokemon Go and sin no more. That's what the lord Jesus Christ said,"""

WHAT THE F?!?!?!?

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Leviticus 18:22, "You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination."1

Leviticus 20:13, "If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltness is upon them."

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"And Lo, He said: thou shalt roam across the land, searching far and wide; (26) catching them all is thine real test, and baptizing them, thine cause"

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If ever did Nintendo need to sue someone for illegal use of their property, THIS is the case! Sue the hell out of this cult Nintendo!

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@henchman216: I've already reported them to both companies, and more people should do the same. If enough do, perhaps they will actually sue. This is terrible marketing for their brand to be associated with these subhuman scum.

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@mezzanine58: if this includes politics as well i'm in or lets just do what minecraft did because this is just getting ridiculous

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What the hell is this game?

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""Pokemon Go and sin no more. That's what the lord Jesus Christ said," he added."

When was this said/ What happened to Thou Shalt Not Lie?

Remember, jesus's dad is the genius who said Real live Pokemon? Nah. Imma make me some vampire insects and call them mosquitoes.

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"Though shalt not lie" is only ever used in the context of "Though shalt not lie with thy neighbor's wife." Making stuff up is the cornerstone of any good religion.

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@atherworld: see? The divine conspiracy strikes again. What benevolent creator makes flies... AND how they eat?

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I really hope people keep taking over/keeping control of the gym.

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And with that now I have seen everything lol.

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Those Westboro people are strange. They protested my church a couple of months ago for not being as angry as they are. They also made false accusations that they posted on their website. When I heard we were being protested, I thought it was some anti-Christian group and was floored when I found out it was actually another church. I use the term church lightly for them though. Their own words reveal that they are very angry and bitter people. They don't reflect the love of Christ or true Christianity at all. Clearly, they represent themselves and their own self interests. They have their own judgement coming though for misrepresenting the Lord.

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@packerfan7575: the problem is there more a cult then religion because they take bits of Christianity and use for example Jehovah’s Witnesses & Mormons are also considered cults to the rest of us because they deny the doctrine like the trinity also for this people shouldn't think all baptist are evil baptist church's are non denominational unlike the Catholic church so they all teach differently

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@packerfan7575: They only care about their salvation. Nobody else's. They fear gays will make them not be saved. Their entire attitude is anti-god in every way, shape, and form. hate, lies, etc.

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This game is now amazing.

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"image of popular Pokemon Jigglypuff, whom they recruited in an effort to 'deal with the sodomite loveislove Clefairy.'" Lol, do they even take themselves seriously anymore? Or can we all agree they're just a big joke now?

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@Pawfalcon: They've shown they were a big joke a very long time ago.

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Well, this is different compared to back in the day when churches thought Pokemon were evil.

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--it was QUITE the controversy around the turn of the century
--apparently because 'the way' the game is played is all based on an actual real world witchcraft
--but then(if you are a christian with ANY sense)
--you have to realize(if you dont wanna sound like an ignorant blackhole of dumbassedness)
--that everything is the devil(including tricycles and ice cream sprinkles)
--and if you are a christian
--you have to 'believe' you have been forgiven of all your sins
--you are sorta defeating the entire purpose of christ

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They use Jigglypuff because you fall asleep when you hear them talk.

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@kriket44: Or that episode of Pokemon where Jigglypuff beat up a whole bunch of Clefairy back when Ash was in Kanto was inspiration for the choice.

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@Jinzo_111887: So what you are saying is they watched the Pokemon TV series?

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@ArabrockermanX: Or used Google to find out about that episode and possibly watched a clip of the episode where Purin/Jigglypuff fought them.

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@Jinzo_111887: Nah... it's cuz they're stupid and boring.

I need to go back and watch the TV shows. I loved them when I was a kid.

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@kriket44: it would have been better without all the censoring because in america we get everything censored so the gun episode was never shown

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I know they're highly amusing but I wish people would stop paying attention to these lunatics.

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--gotta love it(as a hardcire gamer)
--nintendo fails SO HARD on wiiU(for YEARS)
--and then in one week
--their smartphone app begins changing the world
--almost like
--one of the coolest gaming results i have ever seen(form a new console/game/idea)

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@TheZeroPercent: That's a sign Nintendo should consider a sequel to Pokemon XD on their next console.

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@Jinzo_111887: It is a sign they should consider a MMO style Pokemon game...

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--i myself have been predicting gaming consoles of the future just being smartdevice apps
--ones that stream to your TV(or not) and come with a physical gamepad/controller
--lots of talk of NX not being ANYTHING like a classic home console
--pokemon has always been a portable thing for nintendo

--when it comes to these kinda things
--you gotta calculate user install base
--true 3ds has sold 57 million units
--but how many people own a smartphone?
--currently it is around 2.1 billion(thats 40 times more people~40 times 57million is A LOT LARGER)

--true this game is just an app(not a console)
--but it will be interesting to see what NX ends up being
--because it wont be a scorpio kinda thing(super powerful kinda thing)
--and it wont be a fresh new gimmick like wii and wiiU
--idk what in the world they are doing with nx

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@TheZeroPercent: "and it wont be a fresh new gimmick like wii and wiiU"

I'm not so sure about that one. I wish I could find and source the article, but they did say recently that they were planning something totally different and revolutionary, ie. "gimmick". Let's just hope it ends up being good this time.

From everything we've seen so far, though. It seems like it's probably gonna be some kind of hybrid portable/console type thing. Maybe they're evolving the idea of the WiiU gamepad and making it mobile, but with a console to go with it. I have no idea. The patents they've been filing lately look pretty strange.

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--i thought wiiU was "good"
--hell i thought it was DAMN great
--and it still is a really fine console
--unfortunately it did not sell(and it is sad to me that nintendo has shelved it)

--as far as NX
--making the controller the console/portable is a HORRIBLE idea
--i own a vita and a ps4
--and i NEVER use the option to play my ps4 with my vita
--one reason is you have to have a STRONG wifi connection
--another reason is the vita is a SHIT controller for a ps4
--but mainly because it just isnt any fun ha

--so if nintendo does that
--it will BLOW hard and fail badly
--nintendo cant fail in the sales charts this time with their home console
--i doubt NX will be ANYTHING like wii or wiiU
--and it wont be anything like scorpio
--so IDK but
--the way they announced NOTHING at e3 was a pretty good sign
--that what they are doing might not be that hard to duplicate
--but IDK also
--with their new Pokemon app taking off like it has(and the potential it still has)
--we live in a time where technology can change so fast
--and computer tech will just keep growing and changing faster and faster
--who knows what the hell is around the corner
--but id guess NX will be QUITE a surprise(whether it is complicated and expensive or simple and cheap)

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Thats pretty cool, nice to see them playing together.

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Today's sign of the apocalypse.

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> "Pokemon Go and sin no more. That's what the lord Jesus Christ said," he added.

Ah yes, that classic Jesus quote.

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@milk: My mom is a pretty devout Christian and I can't remember her ever mentioning any reference to Pokemon in the bible.... Seems kinda suspect.

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@milk: Gamatians 24:7 I believe. I also recall a tale from the Good Manual about folks wandering the desert for 40 years in search of rare Pokemon.

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So, people trolled WBC, and now they are retaliating?

Hmm... maybe just leave those homophobes alone, and ignore them. Nope, instead you guys kicked the hornet's nest, and are now complaining about it.

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@DrunkenPunk800: No, that would be the US foreign policy for the past decade...

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Wow I smell a lawsuit coming from Nintendo for that image because they're using Pokemon to push an agenda. How sad.

This is how the privilege of naming things gets taken away as well...

LBGTY people need respect those peoples beliefs at the church and the people at the church should avoid poking a hornets nest for publicity's sake. Grow up people! Kids play this game ffs.

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@csward: People have a right to believe whatever they want, but "respect" is something entirely different. A group that spreads and encourages hate and bigotry deserves no respect. Just because they have a legal right to believe what they want doesn't mean they're protected from criticism for their backwards ideologies.

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@csward: Maybe or maybe not. I've heard about churches that hate Pokemon, but this is the first I've heard of one embracing it.

Actually, I don't think it will kill off naming them. It might result in new "names" being added to Nintendo's offensive list.

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@Jinzo_111887: http://thewardrobedoor.com/2016/07/churches-pokemon-go.html

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offtopic Sangheili is on unbisoft offensive list so you can't make account with that name XD

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