The Culture of Exorcism
Our culture has become possessed. Not by a “demon” or any other imaginary entity. No, the culture is possessed by the allure of exorcisms, and we have organized religion (led by The Catholic Church) to thank for this contamination.
Just in the last seven days, I found 5 different news items about exorcisms, and I wasn’t even trying to look for news about exorcisms. They are splashed on the main pages of news aggregate services, and it seems as of late they have become as prolific as news items about UFO sightings and psychics. Our culture has become saturated with so many articles about exorcism that the readers are left with little-to-no doubt that the phenomena of demonic possession is real, and it is only a matter of how people should be dealing with the “issue”.
Take this shining example from the news this past weekend. A YouTube video is going viral which shows three men surrounding their ‘possessed’ friend who can be seen drooling into a plastic cup outside of a Starbuck’s coffee shop in Austin, Texas. The men are performing a “roadside exorcism” (for lack of a better phrase) because .. . well, who knows why they felt the need to do this. One might say they were “possessed” to do so.
Again, this is just one example of a handful of news stories this past week about exorcisms, and it is a dangerous trend. None of the news articles showed any skepticism by asking things like whether or not possession is something that actually exists. Rationality is nowhere to be found in the reporting of exorcisms, and until it does, we will lose the battle against “the worser angles of our nature”.