Every time I read a story about exorcisms, that famous scene from the 1973 horror flick, The Exorcist, springs to mind. Remember it? It’s the one where Linda Blair’s character, a demonically possessed 12-year-old, is floating above her bed and the exorcist and his assistant bring her down by flicking holy water at her and chanting, “(T)he power of Christ compels you! The power of Christ compels you!”
Well, exorcisms like that, minus the dramatic special effects and, unfortunately, the green projectile vomit, are being performed every day, often many times a day, by a modern evangelical exorcist, Bob Larson. He’s been in the exorcism business a long time and claims that up to 50% of the population has been “demonized” and that he’s cast out thousands of the nasty little critters.
Rev. Larson and the movie, The Exorcist, do share one thing though; the movie was one of the highest-earning films of all time (with a worldwide take of $441 million) and Larson has made rather a good thing out of the business too. They’re have been any number of exposés made about his practices and finances over the years. Even Fox News has done one. Yet, shamefully in a nation that prides itself on its technological achievements, there is still no shortage of needy, ignorant people to buy his books, DVDs, anti-darkness crosses (yours free with a $100 or more donation), exorcist-training and, oh yeah, exorcisms.
These days, the 68-year-old Larson has some help with his burdens. He’s been promoting his “holy teen trinity” of all-girl exorcists.
From a 10/27/12 article in the Melfort Journal:
These are apparently a demon’s worst nightmare.
Brynne Larson is 18 years old and enjoys horseback riding and shopping.
Savannah Scherkenback is a 20-year-old university student who works part-time in retail, while her 18-year-old sister Tess spends two hours each day studying the piano.
Together the girls from Phoenix, Ariz., are preacher Bob Larson’s soldiers in a war raging between dark and the light.
He’s been showing them off at any venue that will have them (though a recent appearance on the Anderson Cooper Show turned into another exposé) and they are attractive and committed exorcists (think “Buffy the Vampire Hunter” times three; just substitute “Demon” for “Vampire” and “true believers” for “hey, we know it’s just make-believe”). They forcefully defended their 68-year-old mentor on the Anderson Cooper Show.
It’s a sad commentary on the state of rational thought in the media that none of the sources I’ve used for this story seriously questioned the existence of demons. No one versed in the natural sciences was ever consulted. In fact, whenever they wanted an expert opinion on the subject, they went to the same people the actors went to in The Exorcist movie: the Catholic Church.
Cripes, like those guys know all about the nature of reality!
Anyway, if you want to see the junior varsity all-girl exorcist squad, you can watch the video of the Anderson Cooper Show in the link above. You can also find literally dozens of videos of Pastor Bob Larson casting “demons” out of people’s bodies on Youtube if your taste runs that way. I chose not to illustrate my column with any of these. Instead, I chose something from Hollywood, where ignorance coupled with faith isn’t mandatory for you to buy their product. I chose the scene from The Exorcist that I began the article with.
Why? Because the power of “cripes” compelled me.
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