Demonic Possession & Oppression; Exorcism
Recent events in the media
|2000-APR: USA: Book published about computer possession: Reverend Jim Peasboro of Savannah GA has written a book "The Devil in the
Machine: Is your computer possessed by a demon?" Some of the points raised in the book by the author are:
|"While the Computer Age has ushered in many advances, it has also opened yet another door through which Lucifer and his minions can
enter and corrupt men's souls."|
|Demons can possess anything with a brain, including a chicken, a human being, or a computer.|
|"Any PC built after 1985 has the storage capacity to house an evil spirit."|
|"...most of the youths involved in school shootings like the tragedy at Columbine were computer buffs...I have
no doubt that computer demons exerted an influence on them."|
|an estimated "...one in 10 computers in America now houses some type of evil spirit."|
|"Technicians can replace the hard drive and reinstall the software, getting rid of the wicked spirit permanently."|
Rev. Peasboro said: "I learned that many members of my congregation became in touch with a dark force whenever they used their computers.
Decent, happily married family men were drawn irresistibly to pornographic websites and forced to witness unspeakable abominations. Housewives who had
never expressed an impure thought were entering Internet chat rooms and found themselves spewing foul, debasing language they would never use
normally...One woman wept as she confessed to me, 'I feel when I'm on the computer as if someone else or something else just takes over.'"
The author had the opportunity to inspect an infected computer. He found that an artificial-intelligence program started up automatically. He
said that: "The program began talking directly to me, openly mocked me. It typed out, 'Preacher, you are a weakling and your God is
a damn liar.' Then the device went haywire and started printing out what looked like gobbledygook...I later had an expert in dead
languages examine the text. It turned out to be a stream of obscenities written in a 2,800-year-old Mesopotamian dialect!"
|2005-JUN: UK: Fundamentalist Christians charged with horrendous abuse of a child during exorcism: Some members of a local
Fundamentalist church in East London believed that a ten-year-old girl in their family was a witch. They allegedly beat her, cut her at least
43 times, rubbed chili-peppers into here eyes in order to drive out what they apparently thought was an evil spirit possessing her.
|2005-JUN-15: Romania: Crucified nun dies during alleged exorcism: Maricica Irina Cornici, 23, visited an Eastern Orthodox convent in Tanacu
in northern Romania in order to visit a friend. She decided to stay. She suffered from schizophrenia. According to various media reports, she insulted
Father Daniel Corogeanu, 29, in front of the congregation. He and the other nuns concluded that Maricica was possessed by Satan and had to undergo an
exorcism. They tied up her hands and feet and left he in the cellar of the convent for several days without food. Then they crucified her by tying and
chaining her to a cross. She eventually died. According to the local police, Father Daniel and four nuns have been charged with "depriving a
victim of freedom, leading to death." This is a charge normally applied to hostage-taking terrorists. More details.|
|2005-SEP-08 (approx): Bob Larson featured on Inside Edition and A&E:
Inside Edition reviewed the ministry of Bob Larson. In past decades, he
specialized in attacking Neopagan religions and the occult. But more
recently, he seems to be switching to real live exorcisms. He states that he
has done more than 6,000 exorcisms "...more than any living person on the
planet" He wanders through the audience at his weekend seminars looking for
signs of the devil in the eyes of those possessed. In a video made during
the year 2000, he is shown casting out demons, ordering them to come out of
possessed persons and go to the pit of Hell. One woman has been exorcised
three times: twioce in Texas and once in Alaska.
|2006-MAY-16: Good Morning America coverage
of exorcisms: ABC broadcast a short article about deliverance
ministries. These are conservative Protestant groups who believe that they
can drive indwelling demons from possessed persons. The article featured Bob
Larson of the Center for Spiritual Freedom in north Scottsdale, AZ.
The article is available on YouTube.
Larson said that the money he collects
"... goes to the ministry to teach people, to train people. The evil
that is taking place is happening because the Western world has lost its
moral compass. ... Some people have had their demons for so long, they
think it’s normal. They think it’s normal to live a dysfunctional
confused life. We tell people it’s not."
Gretchen Passantino, a Christian writer who has investigated deliverance
ministries. She said: "What he is doing is exploiting and manipulating people,
[and] appealing to their fears their needs and sense of inadequacy."
Fr. Gary Thomas of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego, CA, was
interviewed briefly on the program. He said that the Vatican is asking each
diocese to have a trained exorcist on staff. 3
- "Demons in your computer," 2000-MAY-01, Richard Harter's World,
- "Bob Larson on 'Inside Edition'," Wittenburg [sic] Door, 2005-SEP,
http://www.wittenburgdoor.com/ This web site features a video from the
Inside Edition program.
- "Exorcisms become big business in Arizona," ReligionNewsBlog, 2006-NOV-27,
Copyright © 2000 to 2006 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Latest update: 2006-NOV-30
Author: B.A. Robinson