January 19th, 2014
11:10 AM ET

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  1. Treat yourself

    I saw an exorcism on the travel channel where they beat the guy with tobacco, rubbed him down with an egg and then blew smoke on him and truthfully it looked awesome. I want to do one.

    January 19, 2014 at 2:46 pm |
    • Wally Wally Bing Bang

      I would prefer a tantric wiccan option myself

      January 19, 2014 at 2:55 pm |
    • Zombies don't Care


      January 19, 2014 at 2:58 pm |
  2. hamidreza

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    January 19, 2014 at 2:38 pm |
  3. Rev. Charlatan

    Why go all the way to Italy to exorcise your evil spirits? I, Rev. Charlatan, can do it by US Mail!!! Just send $500 CASH to the address below and I'll pray for you with the secret exorcism prayer that was given to me by GOD Himself! But, If I receive your request within one week from today, I'll DOUBLE the prayers!!! That's right, twice the amount of prayers!!! You just can't be too careful when it comes to those hard to remove evil spirits. If you are possessed with unusually stubborn demons, you can request the extra special fail-safe prayers. This will require a valid credit card number along with the aforementioned cash. This is a limited time offer, as I change the location of my church frequently, so act fast. Just send your "donation" to:

    Rev. Charlatan
    PO Box 69
    George Town
    Cayman Islands

    January 19, 2014 at 2:24 pm |
    • Anthony Sullivan ( an oxymoron)

      Hey folks, Anthony Sullivan her for Oxy-demon, yes putting the amazing power of oxygen to work removing your demons and leaving your clothes and toasters possession free....

      January 19, 2014 at 2:30 pm |
    • Father Guido Sarducci

      I'm sorry, but Catholicism has the monopoly on income-based healing (income-based religion too, for that matter), so as usual, Jesus wants you to send your check directly to the Vatican.

      January 19, 2014 at 2:39 pm |
  4. Johnny Noir

    Considering that God intends to forever torture people for not accepting him, why does God put so many people in circumstances where it is very easy to accept him-in the Bible Belt for example-but puts others where it is extremely difficult – Pakistan, or the Amazon rainforest?

    Why does a Christian-killing oppressor like Paul get a special visit, which not only saves him but makes him a super-special chieftan of Christianity, but the vast majority of people, in other religions or in varying degrees of secularity, people who might listen too, never get the slightest hint?

    The point is, considering the hideous penalty he intends, God is incredibly arbitrary and unjust. It can't be free will, because the free will of Paul and the apostles and anyone who encountered Jesus lost it. They had evidence instead, the evidence denied everyone else.

    And most people who are or aren't Christian and thus saved are that way because they were born in a Christian family. Most Christians get heaven on accident of birth, just as accident of birth condemns many if not most people. And the only being who could control where you are born is God.

    It just doesn't make the least bit of sense unless the Christian God is inherently evil.

    January 19, 2014 at 2:19 pm |
    • JJ

      "It just doesn't make the least bit of sense unless the Christian God is inherently evil."

      Or unless he just simply does not exist, which is the most logical explanation.

      January 19, 2014 at 2:25 pm |
    • igaftr

      It makes sense if you look at it this way too.
      Satan inspired the bible.

      Considering the chaos, destruction, death wars, faster spread of disease, murders, slavery, attempted genocide...all justified by belief in the bible...
      40,000 different versions of christianity, with each person interpretting it differently...clearly chaos ( a tool of the devil)
      then you see all of the things that are flat out wrong....it becomes clear

      Satan inspired the bible, and doesn't it sound just like something he would do?

      January 19, 2014 at 2:27 pm |
      • Johnny Noir

        Interesting that there is a passage in the Bible saying that Satan would send false messiahs and that many would follow him. That would be a heck of a joke for Satan to play, telling them right in the deceiving book that people would be deceived by a false messiah.

        Ah the contradictions and insanities of religion!

        January 19, 2014 at 2:32 pm |
    • bostontola

      In our time, we have a legal/moral concept that the penalty for a crime must be proportional to the severity of the crime.

      Torture for eternity is out of proportion to any possible crime in our short lives. This is evidence to me that this God story was created by humans of an earlier time, not created by an all loving God. This pre-determined sentence with no consideration of how a life was lived, is immoral. I want no part of that.

      January 19, 2014 at 2:36 pm |
      • lngtrmthnkr

        Boston,can't blame you there. The doctrine seems harsh for salvation. But the concept is that whatever you attain here you live it in heaven.If you are an ass here, you get to spend your time with the same types there. They dont hang out with God because they arn't comfortable with the searing love he eminates. If you are close to him and grow in him here,then you will be near him there. He won't banish you anywhere,you find the level you have attained and stay there of your own accord. No proof,Just know it.

        January 19, 2014 at 5:49 pm |
        • Dandintac


          If you believe this, then you are making up your own religion. It is not Christian doctrine. Christians believe they are saved solely through Grace. If people believe in Jesus and repent their sins, they go to Heaven. Otherwise, they go to Hell–the "unquenchable fire" as Jesus put it.

          The arsonist who burns down the orphanage, killing a bunch of kids–then finds Jesus and repents–he gets to go to Heaven. The atheist fireman who gave his life saving some of those kids–he goes to Hell where God continues the burning for eternity. Such is the Christian Religion as taught and practiced by millions.

          The doctrine of Grace, Heaven and Hell, represent the biggest bribe ever made, and the biggest threat ever made. Possibly for the biggest lie ever told?

          January 19, 2014 at 6:43 pm |
        • lngtrmthnkr

          Dan, i am a big picture guy and I prefer to make my point as simply and understandable as possible. I know scripture and the Bible well but don't find it allways the best way to describe things because people can be turned off by the accusational use of scripture. Believing that God loves all of equally, I will not accuse or condemn any one . But I believe we get what we seek in the end.

          January 19, 2014 at 8:59 pm |
  5. Bootyfunk


    January 19, 2014 at 1:41 pm |
  6. bostontola

    SANTIAGO, Chile – Chilean police on Thursday arrested four people accused of burning a baby alive in a ritual because the leader of the sect believed that the end of the world was near and that the child was the Antichrist.
    The 3-day-old baby was taken to a hill in the town of Colliguay near the Chilean port of Valparaiso on Nov. 21 and was thrown into a bonfire. The baby's mother, 25-year-old Natalia Guerra, had allegedly approved the sacrifice and was among those arrested.

    Please join us in the 21st century. It turns out that reality is more interesting than fiction.

    January 19, 2014 at 1:40 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Ignorance and evil are features of the 21st century. What's to be done except to continue to expose and speak out against it?

      January 19, 2014 at 1:43 pm |
      • Bootyfunk

        if the ignorance and evil you're talking about is religion, then i agree - it must be done away with.

        January 19, 2014 at 1:45 pm |
      • bostontola

        Ignorance still exists for sure, but it is slowly abating. The Internet has been accelerating the reduction of ignorance in the developing world. Some areas are stubborn, even outlawing external Internet. Overall, the world is developing, unfortunately, religion is tethered to the dark ages.

        January 19, 2014 at 2:01 pm |
        • JJ

          True, there's no excuse for ignorance anymore. But here in the "developed" world the indoctrinated and delusional refuse to be educated and seem to only get all their information from their pastor and other cult leaders. Here in the US there are people (mainly Talibangelical Christians) who believe the Earth is 6000 years old, snakes talk and they refuse to accept the facts that prove evolution.

          January 19, 2014 at 2:23 pm |
        • bostontola

          I know, it's hard for me to understand people that deny facts. Of course denial of facts is not restricted to religious fundamentalists, racists deny the Holocaust. Ignorance and the suggestibility seem to be common to fact deniers.

          January 19, 2014 at 2:28 pm |
        • lngtrmthnkr

          Boston, I see signs that there is a new understanding ,an awakening of sorts ,going on that is catching on and growing. There are many people who are opening their eyes and seeing what is important in this life and are not so quick to accuse others and to judge anyone.

          January 19, 2014 at 10:03 pm |
    • lngtrmthnkr

      They have a long history of sacrafice and evidently the seeds are still there. There was nothing of Christianity in what they did.

      January 19, 2014 at 5:55 pm |
  7. Biori

    Maybe the makers of pour strips will make a patch for demons? Biori "evil". You could just put one on right out of the shower, let it dry, peal it off and it'll pull the ifritz right out of you.

    January 19, 2014 at 1:37 pm |
    • Bootyfunk


      January 19, 2014 at 1:39 pm |
  8. "Bible" Phil

    Exorcism is one of the many ways Satan uses to mislead people!

    January 19, 2014 at 1:34 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      Satan is a fictional character in a book of myths. you're really frightened of the boogeyman?

      January 19, 2014 at 1:37 pm |
    • igaftr

      The bible is one of the many ways satan uses to mislead people...seriously look at the history of the world since the bible was written....Belief in the bible has led to wars, faster spread of disease, attempted genocide, and the chaos of trying to interpret it, 40, 000 versions of belief in the bible....definitely sounds like something satan would want...a source of unfounded belief leading to conflict, and silly people trying to perform "exorcisms"

      You have been deceived.

      January 19, 2014 at 1:40 pm |
  9. Truth

    Matt 7:21-23- "Many will say to me in that day: ‘Lord, Lord,+ did we not prophesy in your name, and expel demons in your name, and perform many powerful works in your name?’+ 23 And then I will declare to them: ‘I never knew you! Get away from me, you workers of lawlessness!’

    Exorcism is not proof of Gods favor. Even Mediums can preform spiritualistic practices!

    January 19, 2014 at 1:33 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      exorcism is not proof of god. look for the favor of your brothers and sisters of this world, not an invisible sky fairy that doesn't exist.

      January 19, 2014 at 1:36 pm |
    • igaftr

      It is amazing to me how many people come on here posting as truth, and then quote the bible, as if it had anything to do with truth.

      There is nothing that can be shown that indicates there is any such thing as spirits or demons, so knowing how to rid someone of them is an excercise in futility, and really is just plain funny.

      January 19, 2014 at 1:36 pm |
    • Fan2C

      Ah, "Matthew" - he's the one who also claimed that resurrected dead people walked the streets of Jerusalem and *many* saw them, but there is not One. Single. Report. of this *ever* happening (even by the other storytellers).

      January 19, 2014 at 1:39 pm |
  10. Bootyfunk

    the history of exorcism is awful. the people that were exorcised were usually mentally ill. exorcism = physical and mental torture

    A Virginia man was convicted earlier this week in the death of a 2-year-old who died during a 2011 exorcism. Eder Guzman-Rodriguez beat his daughter Jocelyn to death in an attempt to rid her of the demon he believed was inside her.
    Police summoned to the scene encountered several people holding Bibles outside the home, where Guzman-Rodriguez stated that he had also become possessed by a "bad spirit" when he punched and choked Jocelyn to death. The girl was found on a bed, wrapped in a blanket surrounded by Bibles.


    January 19, 2014 at 1:29 pm |
  11. Jeff Aston

    They forgot one little detail....only a priest can perform an exorcism. Unless it is some voodoo thing they were doing.

    January 19, 2014 at 1:27 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      priest... witch doctor.... what's the difference?

      January 19, 2014 at 1:31 pm |
      • Fan2C

        Yep, magic 'holy' water, smoky incense, two sticks in the shape of a letter 't', chanting...

        January 19, 2014 at 1:36 pm |
    • doobzz

      So? Does that make the idea of demonic possession and exorcism any less batshit?

      January 19, 2014 at 1:36 pm |
    • ME II

      According to the RCC perhaps, but other Christians disagree:

      January 19, 2014 at 3:46 pm |
  12. Johnny Noir

    If only there were a way to do exorcisms that removed the insanity of religion from people.

    January 19, 2014 at 1:20 pm |
  13. tallulah13

    What's next for those wacky catholics? Burning heretics?

    January 19, 2014 at 1:09 pm |
  14. bostontola

    From Mirriam Webster
    su·per·sti·tion noun \ˌsü-pər-ˈsti-shən\

    a : a belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, trust in magic or chance, or a false conception of causation
    b : an irrational abject atti.tude of mind toward the supernatural, nature, or God resulting from supersti.tion
    : a notion maintained despite evidence to the contrary

    Pretty concise definition of religion.

    January 19, 2014 at 12:46 pm |
  15. doobzz

    Apparently so:


    Two children, ages 1 and 2 are dead, two children, ages 5 and 8, are hospitalized with stab wounds. I guess Jeebus needed a couple of tiny angels.

    January 19, 2014 at 12:20 pm |
    • Fan2C

      TWO women have been charged with these murders... not just a single, stray, wacky loon here.

      In fairness, I don't know if this was a Christian exorcism or some other kind (voodoo, or whatever), but religion and superst.ition can rot the brain.

      January 19, 2014 at 12:30 pm |
      • Science Works

        Yeah Neil it saying that right NOW on PBS with Bill Moyers !!!

        January 19, 2014 at 12:36 pm |
        • Fan2C

          Gee. Wow. Well, now I wonder if I have 'possessed' him, or if he has 'possessed' me!

          January 19, 2014 at 12:47 pm |
        • Science Works

          Well i GUESS the devil made me do it – but he blew the bible/myth out of the water and treid not to laugh doing IT !

          January 19, 2014 at 1:01 pm |
        • Fan2C

          Heh, well I meant 'possession' vis-a-vis Neil and me, but heck, why not between you and me too! All things are possible in fantasy - great, innit?!

          January 19, 2014 at 1:07 pm |
        • Science Works

          Like the middle earth where the devil hides out .

          January 19, 2014 at 2:06 pm |
    • Colinne

      You question God's plan? Shame on you.

      January 19, 2014 at 12:48 pm |
      • Cpt. Obvious

        If this existence is god's "plan," then he svcks at planning.

        January 19, 2014 at 12:53 pm |
      • igaftr

        Perhaps it is "god"s plan that I question "god"s plan, so maybe it is you who is questioning "god"s plan, and shame right back at you.

        January 19, 2014 at 1:23 pm |
        • Poe Spotting 101

          I rather suspect that was irony.

          January 19, 2014 at 1:28 pm |
      • doobzz

        I guess I shouldn't be surprised, should I? The god of the bible routinely kills babies and children when it gets angry. Why wouldn't it also use wacko humans to kill children for stupid reasons like being infected with devils.

        January 19, 2014 at 1:30 pm |
  16. Tom, Tom, the Other One

    Now that the gloomy shadow of the earth
    Longing to view Orion’s drizzling look,
    Leaps from the antarctic world unto the sky,
    And dims the welkin with her pitchy breath,
    Faustus, begin thine incantations,
    And try if devils will obey thy hest,
    Seeing thou hast pray’d and sacrific’d to them.
    Within this circle is Jehovah’s name,
    Forward and backward anagrammatis’d,
    The breviated names of holy saints,
    Figures of every adjunct to the Heavens,
    And characters of signs and erring stars,
    By which the spirits are enforc’d to rise:
    Then fear not, Faustus, but be resolute,
    And try the uttermost magic can perform.

    Doctor Faustus

    January 19, 2014 at 12:03 pm |
  17. ME II

    One of the best examples of religious irrationality.

    January 19, 2014 at 12:03 pm |
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