Pastor Rick Wiles on Pokémon Go: “These creatures are like virtual, cyber-demons.”
As Pokémon Go sweeps the nation, all kinds of crazy headlines are hitting the news. For starters, Hillary Clinton held a campaign event at a Pokémon Go gym, and two distracted guys fell off a cliff while playing (and only suffered “moderate” injuries).
But on Monday, TruNews’ Pastor Rick Wiles took the prize with his epic radio rant. It all started when he saw a “40-year-old man on a four-wheeler riding around our [church] building suspiciously.” He looked like he was taking pictures of the church with his phone, but the police said it was okay. He was just playing Pokémon Go.
That would have reassured most normal people, but not Rick Wiles. On his radio show, he warned:
“These Pokémon creatures are like virtual, cyber-demons. […] What this man, Friday, was trying to find was the Pokémon demon that had been placed inside the ‘Trunews’ office.”
Rick Wiles declares Satan is targeting churches through Pokémon Go.
Yikes. And things get even weirder. Rick Wiles declared that he found it suspicious that so many of the gyms and PokéStops are located at churches.
“What if this technology is transferred to Islamic jihadists and Islamic jihadists have an app that shows them where Christians are located geographically? […] The enemy, Satan, is targeting churches with virtual, digital, cyber-demons. I believe this thing is a magnet for demonic powers.”
And soon, the “Pokémon masters” might begin “telling people to kill people in those buildings” so they can catch more Pokémon. Rick Wiles insists:
“They’re spawning demons inside your church. They’re targeting your church with demonic activity, […] This technology will be used by the enemies of the cross to target, locate and execute Christians.”
Oh, and then Rick Wiles’ co-host Edward Szali quotes a widely-debunked hoax interview with Pokémon’s creator that portrays him as an anti-Christian Satan worshipper.
Watch: TYT’s Cenk Uygur hilariously dissects Pastor Rick Wiles’ rant on Pokémon Go.
Cenk Uygur from The Young Turks had a field day with this. As he sees it, virtual worlds like Pokémon and Harry Potter pose a threat to these right-wing fundies because they offer competing mythologies.
But what Cenk Uygur found most disturbing was how adults could believe this garbage when even kids know the difference between virtual reality and reality reality.
“They really believe these things are demons and soon our Pokémon masters will kill us all. Even children don’t believe that. If you told a child that, they’d say: ‘Hey, calm down. It’s virtual. Not real.'”
TYT writer, producer and contributor Jayar Jackson then chimed in to mention how he grew up in a Baptist church. The thing that really frosts him is how Rick Wiles seemed so scared that the man playing Pokémon G0 might come into his church.
“He clutched his pearls and he said ‘if a door had opened, that man on the ATV or four-wheeler might have come into the church.'”
For Jackson, that’s not at all like the Baptists he grew up with. Like the churchgoers at the AME church in Charleston, SC who were murdered by Dylann Roof last year, Christians are usually welcoming.
“Churches open their doors to people and allow them come in. So maybe they can get counseling, maybe they can convert them, maybe they can bring them to God. That’s the whole point of church. You’re supposed to bring people and save them. “
But, Jayar Jackson explains, “he’s missed the whole point. He’s a pastor of a church who’s scared that people might come into his church.” That’s sick and wrong. As Cenk Uygur points out, Rick Wiles is missing a chance to bring those Pokémon Goers home to Jesus.
And here’s the audio from Rick Wiles’ Pokémon Go rant via Right Wing Watch.