The Westboro Baptist Church is now fighting for their crusade against gay people through the newest craze sweeping the world: Pokémon Go.
The augmented reality game, which syncs with users’ phone GPS, allows people to wander around their neighborhood in search of virtual creatures to catch. Pokémon can be found anywhere, including local parks, distinctive monuments and even religious institutions, which now includes the Westboro Baptist Church, according to USA Today. A user discovered over the weekend that the faith-based group was chosen for one of the gyms to be conquered.
The user battled his way to success with a Clefairy, a popular Pokémon, and was rewarded the ability to nickname the Westboro Baptist Church. The user’s natural choice: “LoveIsLove.”
The Westboro Baptist Church Gym is currently controlled by a Clefairy named LOVEISLOVE . ICONIC. I LOVE IT. pic.twitter.com/y4RRv5nXxT
— // Venny // (@DarthVenn) July 10, 2016
Not to be outdone, Westboro Baptist Church is using their own Pokémon of choice, a Jigglypuff, to fight the trainer and their Clefairy. They want to retain the fictitious Westboro Baptist Church gym and presumably create a nickname that coincides with their form of piety.
— God Hates The Media (@GodH8sMedia) July 11, 2016
That is no easy feat. The hate group will have to train their Jigglypuff and defeat the Clefairy in order to earn the digital title of the Westboro Baptist Church gym.
— Westboro Baptist (@WBCSaysRepent) July 11, 2016
“We try to speak whatever language is being spoken,” Steve Drain, an elder at the church, told USA Today.
Even though such a form of entertainment is most likely classified as corrupted by the Baptist church, Drain sees it as an opportunity to advocate for their principles.
— WBCSigns (@WBCsigns) July 11, 2016
Drain explained that he will use whatever means necessary, even more than one Pokémon, to promulgate his organization’s intolerant views. “Pokémon Go and sin no more. That’s what the lord Jesus Christ said,” preached Drain.
The battle is on.
— WBCSigns (@WBCsigns) July 10, 2016
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