Can a US state really ban a mobile game?
Yes, it can when the game is deemed a “threat to the general populace” or a “public menace” based around “a satanic cult” or “hate group”– according to state authorities who refused to be named.
It all began on Wednesday when a man in Arkansas named Carter Bryn was arrested for playing Pokemon Go in a major Baptist church. The congregation erupted in anger upon the realization, claiming the game was “Anti-Christian and Aimed Towards Satanists.”
Imagine the surprise when what initially appeared to be an unsubstantiated, dubious claim was confirmed by the game’s creator, Satoshi Tajiri. He agreed that the games are clearly tailored towards an anti-Christian sentiment or Satanism. Tajiri admitted as much in a candid interview stating:
I mean, some could say that the game supports Satanism. I don’t officially celebrate it, but I can understand why people would be attracted to it.
So there you have it. He also admits in the interview that the games were created as a backlash against his overly-Christian parents.
In response, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson denounced the game, claiming those who followed it were preaching hate, violence, and anti-Christian values. This simply would not be allowed in a state with a motto such as Regnat populus, meaning “the people rule” — and not some minority, devil-worshiping cult of miscreants.
The ban, effective October 1st, will bring major fines down upon gamers who participate in any Pokemon Go related activities with the city limits of any city in Arkansas with a population over 2,000. The game will still be allowed in rural areas, so enjoy catching those Rattatas and Pidgeys. Aside a from fine, anyone seen playing the game while driving could potentially be arrested and taken straight to jail. Do not Pokemon Go, do not collect 200 Digletts.
This is not the first time Pokemon Go has been banned within a city’s limits, but certainly the first time an entire state has attempted such an endeavor. Des Moines, Washington is also making major strides in banning the game for fear it may be bring death and destruction to its fair town.
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