Side of Pikachu
people who don't
like Pokemon, and then there are people who really don't like Pokemon.
they even make
headlines. Mark Juvera, a children's pastor at Grace Fellowship
in Colorado Springs, Colo., nabbed national attention in August when he
took a sword and soldering iron to Pokemon merchandise in front of
of kids during one of his church services. While he says the
thing's been blown out of proportion (newspaper reporters claim he used
a blowtorch to incinerate trading cards, when he really just singed
with the iron), Juvera readily admits to bringing his wrath down on
"We do have a sword, which is symbolic of the word of God," he told
and we struck a stuffed animal-that Pikachu guy-with it. The
isn't sharp, and since Pikachu is soft, we didn't cut it. We only
struck it one time and then ripped it apart so no one could take it
he gave little
thought to Pokemon (his 9-year-old son had even amassed more that $400
worth of games and toys) until he read an e-mail on the evils of
and his ilk. "I learned it can be stepping stone toward other
games like Magic the Gathering," he said. "And I saw that one of
the videos is titled 'Psychic Friends.' When it starts talking
the ability to use psychic power, magic and things like that, well, all
that's totally opposite of what we Christains believe."
son has stopped
playing with Pokemon, and the pastor thinks he has other kids thinking
twice about the pocket monster craze, too. "I had one girl in the
service tell me that they're not allowing Pokemon in her public school
across the country have banned Pokemon cards and the Game Boy
They're too distaracting, say some teachers, while others fear that
kids are bullying younger ones into unfair Pokemon trades.
we thought it
was bad when they just took our lunch money.