A Spell to Break: Demonic-Possession

The state of Texas recently made it legal for clergy to abuse children.

No shit. [via Pharyngula]

I’ve been thinking of writing a post that looks at exorcism from an anthropological and psychological perspective for some time now, and I’ll probably return to this topic again in the future.

For now, however, I think its important to make a quick post regarding a recent Texas Supreme Court decision that essentially makes it okay to abuse children if the reason is religious.

Here’s the background:

Demonic Possession in Christianity
Demons have been taking possession of humans since the days that the alleged Christ (one of several Christian deities) allegedly walked the shores of Galilee. Many may recall the story in the Gospels that tell how Jesus casts demons out of hapless humans and into a bunch of swine who then run off and drown themselves in the sea. But there are other examples in history, such as the Benedictine abbess, Hildegard of Bingen, who in the 12th century CE, was accused of being demon-possessed when she herself claimed to be singing in tongues -words spoken by channeling the Holy Spirit (another of several Christian deities).

Ignatius Loyola, of the 16th century CE, found himself speaking in tongues during prayer and wasn’t sure if it was the voice of God (a primary Christian deity) or a demon (a minor Christian deity).

The Roman Catholic Church defines demon-possession as:

when Satan enters and takes over the physical and mental capabilities of a victim, however, the soul and will remains free. Satan acts through the victim without the victim’s consent, thus the victim is morally blameless. Satan does not act alone when he possesses an individual. He works side by side with many evil spirits such as spirits of lust, hate, destruction, suicide, revenge, anger, anxiety, desperation, death, torment, etc. Such an example is found in Luke 8:30 the case of the possessed man in the territory of the Gerasenes: “Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” He replied, “Legion,” because many demons had entered him “.

And how do the religious identify the possessed? The link above offers these signs and symptoms:

  • Victim speaks or understands unknown languages without ever studying the language being spoken or heard
  • Victim clearly knows things that are distant or hidden
  • Victim can predict future events (sometimes through dreams)
  • Victim has an intense hatred for holy things
  • Victim shows a physical strength far above his age or normal condition

One is left to wonder how the observer is to know that a bit of babbling is actually an “unknown language.” Isn’t an “unknown language” by definition unknown? Likewise, the remaining signs on the list have their faults, which I’ll not go into. Rational thought reveals them.

There are also reasons listed as to why people become “possessed” to begin with:

  • Pure Diving Permission (goddidit)
  • Subject to a Curse
  • Grave Hardening of Sin (sexual perversion, drug use, abortion)
  • Proximity to Evil Places or Persons (hanging out with drug users, perverts, abortionists)

Conservative Protestants

The religious nutjobs in the United States who believe in demonic-possession are legion, to borrow a cliche. The Religious Tolerance website echoes a report by ABC’s Good Morning America that over 500 deliverance ministries in the U.S. specialize in exorcising people and, they say, it’s big business. The site also refers to J.F. Cogan’s Demon Possession Handbook for Human Service Workser, a book that attributes many human failings to “demon-possession” including, spousal abuse, child abuse, physical disabilities, childhood learning disabilities, mental illness, etc. Oh, and all serial killers are demon-possessed.

The trend is clear: disavow any human responsibility and deny that it is human nature to do bad things or be imperfect.

The Court Case in Texas

The Texas Supreme Court on Friday threw out a jury award over injuries a 17-year-old girl suffered in an exorcism conducted by members of her old church, ruling that the case unconstitutionally entangled the court in religious matters.


Laura Schubert testified in 2002 that she was cut and bruised and later experienced hallucinations after the church members’ actions in 1996, when she was 17. Schubert said she was pinned to the floor for hours and received carpet burns during the exorcism, the Austin American-Statesman reported. She also said the incident led her to mutilate herself and attempt suicide. She eventually sought psychiatric help.

She was still in high school and was at an event sponsered by her church’s youth ministry. Initially the girl and her family were awarded $300,000 after a jury found the church liable for abuse and false imprisonment. Now the TX Supreme Court has said that physical abuse and imprisonment are okay aslong as it’s done with a religous intent.

I’m going to delve more into demonic-possession and exorcism in future posts, focusing on both historical and modern cases of this spell of thinking which inflicts humans the world over. I’ll also examine the anthropological, sociological, and psychological aspects of belief in demonic-possession.


17 Responses

  1. […] “Real Christian” Cults I recently wrote about the Texas girl that was assaulted by religious nuts that forced her to participate in witchcraft ritual known as an “exorcism” (only the […]

  2. i dont go to church or anything im just a normal girl in th town of whitecity oregon … some crazzy things have been happen and i want some one to talk to about it that wont think im crazzy ..

  3. Heather Fleming, you can talk to me about it. What’s your e-mail address?

  4. Heather

    I am a chaplain working in a psychiatric hospital. I respect people’s unusual experiences and do not automatically clas them as mentally ill. If you would like to email me I will try to help if I can.

  5. Need help… Also i’ve been hearing a ghost’s voice for the past 2 days… she is immitating my gf’s voice and talking to me about everything… but that ghost is really annoying…I cant sleep…i cant contimplate…please

    • Ask the ghost what it wants. Be straightforward and calm about it. Don’t get mad at it or it might retailiate. If you need more help, my e-mail address is in a comment I left

  6. i would like to have the latin spell to exorcise a demon,and make water holy. I know people who are possessed,and would likd to save them before it is to late. Can anyone help?

  7. i would like to have the latin spell to exorcise a demon,and make water holy. I know people who are possessed,and would likd to save them before it is to late. Can anyone help,please?

  8. Try this. Repeat it over and over -they need not be present if you have a picture or can see them from a distance.

    Let us know how it works for you.

    meus sententia es non velico , meus mens est fraudatio , quispiam servo mihi ex meus sententia

  9. can i use it without holy water?

    • yes you can according to chinese legend if you clip the person’s middle finger using red chopsticks then the demon will leave his / her body

  10. if you want to ask me how to kill a demon just say so

  11. Me and two of my sisters have been fighting a half demon for the past couple of years. I’m leader, S-fighter, and T-healer. The half demon got to T and now she doesn’t do anything anymore. She barely moves. I’m the best healer we have and I don’t know what to do. If you can help at all, e-mail or IM me at girl_of_darkness_and_evil@yahoo.com

    This is not a joke or made up, we really do need help. None of us can figure it out!

  12. […] A Spell to Break: Demonic-Possession « Breaking SpellsI'm going to delve more into demonic-possession and exorcism in future posts, focusing on both historical and modern cases of this spell of … […]

  13. abortion is quitting you do not become possessed. unless rape was [art of a ritual, and he tried the old fashed way. the baby she would make discarried if good, possessed if she deliver in vice. , she is making the child in the same way I sew a dress with half the tread you gave, or put the cool aid in fridge unmixed or powder back. the vice is in the lies of anti abortionist and doctors who torture women in labor with a dysfunction position, drugs that cause pain, to which they have an antidote and then mane them , murder them or give them infections through c setion. not letting mom and child bond once his or her life starts, by placing the child in room to be circumcised, is a vice that eases further agency for evil. Be careful with talk of strength prejudicial falsehoods against certain groups, could lead to a wrong diagnosis. remember adrenine in dire situations. this person better throw someone from a cold state 14 feet or rip the car door off.

  14. mantap gan perkembangan teknologi sekarang, , klw kita gak ikuti bisa ketinggalan kereta , Aerith

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