The despicable Westboro Baptist Church is back in the news again, and this time it has to do with Pokémon Go, of all things.
If you have been living under a rock for the past few days, Pokémon Go is the game that has taken over the country, doing more to encourage people to exercise than Michelle Obama has done for the past several years. In it, all of America is a virtual map, and it is filled with Pokémon, as well as places where players can stock up on goods such as Pokéballs and potions, as well as gyms where players can battle it out to see who really is the very best that ever was (all of the time I spent as a kid watching Pokémon and collecting cards is finally paying off). To give you a better sense of the dynamics of the game, check out these memes.
Most people have read some bizarre stories about Pokémon Go, including how it caused one of the worst traffic accidents in recent memory in Massachusetts because someone decided to stop in the middle of the highway to catch a Pokémon (as plausible as this sounds, it is fortunately a complete hoax), or how a girl stumbled upon a dead body while searching for Pokémon (crazily enough, this is actually true).
To me, the story about the Westboro Baptist Church has to take the cake. Its location is a gym, and a player named Pinknose captured it with a Clefairy, named LoveIsLove.
This is obviously incredible, and the Westboro Baptist Church responded by sending out Jigglypuff as its henchman, tweeting:
Of course, I don’t quite understand their choice to use one of the cutest Pokémon out there to promulgate this message, but then again, they make so little sense that even the family members of their founder have spoken out against their hatred.
Meanwhile, across from the street the Equality House is a Pokéstop, where players can refuel along their quest. Everyone can ensure that they are fully prepared to take their battle in this world to the Westboro Baptist Church, Pokéballs and all.
Pokémon Go 1, Westboro Baptist Church 0.