Pokémon Go players spotted that the Westboro Baptist Church was listed as a gym, so naturally one player took control of it using a Clefairy nicknamed LoveIsLove. However, the church isn’t willing to let this go unchallenged and has brought in Jigglypuff to reclaim its turf.
In a tweet, the church said, “We recruited Jigglypuff to deal with the sodomite loveislove Clefairy for us.” It also features a bizarre image of the cute and cuddly Pokémon holding a warning sign that says 'Repent or perish'.”
An elder at the church told USA Today, "We try to speak whatever language is being spoken.” He added, "Pokémon Go and sin no more. That's what the lord Jesus Christ said.”
So much for the game being used for light entertainment and camaraderie.
A showdown between LoveIsLove and the church’s Jigglypuff is yet to take place, but it is an eagerly anticipated battle. The Westboro Baptist Church gym is likely to be a hotly contested landmark.