“Catch Squirtle at your own risk — at least in Saudi Arabia,” Natalie Musumeci reports for The New York Post. “The kingdom renewed its 2001 fatwa against the cute cartoon creatures on Wednesday, saying the viral cellphone game Pokémon Go is a form of gambling, and therefore forbidden under Islamic law.”
“The edict renews a 2001 decree by the General Secretariat of the Council of Senior Religious Scholars, issued when the game was still played with cards and on video game consoles,” Musumeci reports. “The fatwa cited a number of ways in which the game goes against Islamic law, including ‘polytheism against God by multiplying the number of deities, and gambling, which God has forbidden in the Koran and likened to wine and idols.'”
Musumeci reports, “Pokémon Go is not officially available in Saudi Arabia, but many in the country are believed to have figured out how to download the app, according to reports.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Gambling? Puleeze.
Damn, this table is stone cold. Hey Siri, what’s the moneyline vig for tonight’s Red Sox game? And, is #2 wearing blinkers in the 8th at Gulfstream?