View Full Version : Pokemon illegal in Saudi Arabia?

May 4th, 2006, 8:33 PM
I'm sorry if there's a discussion on this piece of news already - but it just came to my attention today. Supposedly the government in Saudi Arabia is going to outlaw Pokemon because it conflicts with the Islamic religion. You can check out the article here (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/1249820.stm). It seems a bit rediculous to me that they're seizing and destroying Pokemon merch from stores, and I was wondering what your thoughts on it are.
(One more reason that I love being an American - we can keep our Pokemon)
Edit: Ahhh... I'm very, very sorry... I thought the news was current - it's actually a piece from 2001. A staff member can remove this.

May 5th, 2006, 2:21 AM
Well, even though the article is old, it is still in place today.

There is a fatwa in effect in Saudi Arabia just because the emirs believe that the colourless symbols on the cards propagate Judaism, and because the money system involved with the games is in effect gambling. Both are direct contradictions of what they believe is ideal according to the Koran, so it has been repulsed from the countlry ever since introduction outside Japan.

May 5th, 2006, 2:25 AM
It's a bit old, but doesn't surprise me. Ignorance is the key, I say don't knock Pokemon til you try it.

May 5th, 2006, 11:22 AM
It dosen't suprise me because religion is basicly the law there. I guess that I won't play Pokémon there:laugh: .

May 5th, 2006, 11:50 AM
Doesn't surprise me either. It's been banned in other countries for even more stupid reasons. I think it got banned in Turkey once when some kids jumped off a building because they saw a Pokemon do it in one episode.

May 5th, 2006, 12:01 PM
Ryan PMd me and requested that I close this soooo~