Saudi Arabia is not only home to some of the most ridiculous human rights atrocities in the world, it's also anti-Pokemon.
A decade-and-half old fatwa against the franchise has been renewed, which claims the game is anti-Islamic.
Sheikh Saleh al-Fozan, a member of the kingdom's Council of Scholars, said Pokemon GO embodies traits which made the original games un-Islamic. Years ago the Pokemon Trading Card Game was considered haram because it contained gambling and featured forbidden imagery.
Another big issue is the fact Pokemon evolve.
“The theory of evolution is a main element. One of the most important things that makes man condemn this game is adopting the theory of evolution developed by Darwin,”the edict states. “This theory states that all species of organisms evolve and that the origin of man was an ape. Astonishingly, the children frequently use the word 'evolution' inside and outside the game. You can hear them saying that this creature contained in the card has evolved to another form.”
The original ban also took issue with “a six-pointed star that can be associated with Israel” and forms of the Christian cross.
Just yet another reason why no one would care if Saudi Arabia just disappeared.