The decision to ban Pokemon on religious grounds in some Arab Muslim countries exposes the reduced level of thinking in the Muslim world.
If Islamic law were to be relevant, the first consideration for banning anything should be their sheikdom style of governments. But one cannot change culture by decree, and Pokemon, for all of its shortcomings, is a component of a global culture. To consider it part of a grand conspiracy reflects a weakness in one's faith.
The religious establishment of the Middle East should be comforted, however, by the track record of another group that relies on conspiracy thinking for a living: Hollywood. It is odd to equate the two; but in more ways than one, the influence they exert over our culture and the repercussions felt on the streets are immensely similar.
With the sheiks, it is a Jewish conspiracy that fuels why children are glued to the TV tube, not bad parenting. It is an easy fix to distract leaders of Muslim countries from the real issues of their social ills, namely the paralysis of free-thinking as a result of their authoritarian governance. They bash Western culture while relying on American economic lifelines. They have become completely defenseless without U.S. military sponsorship.