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I wasn't personally, but was very close to someone that was (childhood friend), and seeing the aftermath was heartbreaking. This girl, Liz, had very poor parents and they were devout pentacostals. They had to live with a family for a time when she was around 7 or so, and had to share a bed with an autistic girl. Jackie got so fed up one night with the girl wetting the bed (this wasn't either one of their faults, they were children), she reached over to a shelf, grabbed a piggy bank, and hit her on the head. Both sets of parents were convinced by a pastor she was "possessed", she was tied to a chair for about 3 days with no sleep, and her head was doused in Holy Oil as this man said prayers over her. He used so much oil it had a semi-permanent effect on her skin. She was traumatized by it to the point she resented church and her parents.
I am deeply sorry to hear about your friends abuse. I pray that some day she may find peace and be able to move past this terrible abuse. Thank you for sharing this with us.

God bless,

Darrell

JessicaB said:
I wasn't personally, but was very close to someone that was (childhood friend), and seeing the aftermath was heartbreaking. This girl, Liz, had very poor parents and they were devout pentacostals. They had to live with a family for a time when she was around 7 or so, and had to share a bed with an autistic girl. Jackie got so fed up one night with the girl wetting the bed (this wasn't either one of their faults, they were children), she reached over to a shelf, grabbed a piggy bank, and hit her on the head. Both sets of parents were convinced by a pastor she was "possessed", she was tied to a chair for about 3 days with no sleep, and her head was doused in Holy Oil as this man said prayers over her. He used so much oil it had a semi-permanent effect on her skin. She was traumatized by it to the point she resented church and her parents.
Wow this is just unbelievable. Jesus NEVER abused anyone when he cast out demons( which I dont believe this girl had a demon, human emotions dont equal posession)- it was SPIRITUALLY accomplished. This reminds me of something similar to this that I saw about ten years ago. We went to a tent revival with some family friends and the lady brought a young boy with her - he went to school with my sister and he was very feminine, I guess you could say. He was the sweetest kid ever though. He was about 13. The so called minster called him up and said he had a homosexual demon and he bent backwards almost all the way, in an unnatural way with no one holding him up. I am not sure if he was posessed but this wasnt normal. Even if he were posessed what they did to him next was very abusive. The kept ouring holy oil in HIS MOUTH and he was choking and they kept dousing him and he was so abused that he was coughing up blood everywhere. They said it was the demon and I knew this was not true. It felt very wrong and I didnt feel God in it at all. These ministers seemed to be in it for the show of it. We rode home with that boy and I was so angry the whole way as he was laying down in the back of the van still spitting up blood. I was caught up in the charasmatic pentacostal movement very deeply and was confused with my concious telling me this was wrong but my "tradition" telling me this was not wrong. Now I know it was just plain abuse and wish I could go back and do something about it, if I saw that now I would call the police and probably confont those ministers in front of God and everybody. So many people out there are repulsed by God because of self serving prideful self appointed ministers, and it really upsets me. SO sorry your friend went through this, there isno excuse for what they did to her.

JessicaB said:
I wasn't personally, but was very close to someone that was (childhood friend), and seeing the aftermath was heartbreaking. This girl, Liz, had very poor parents and they were devout pentacostals. They had to live with a family for a time when she was around 7 or so, and had to share a bed with an autistic girl. Jackie got so fed up one night with the girl wetting the bed (this wasn't either one of their faults, they were children), she reached over to a shelf, grabbed a piggy bank, and hit her on the head. Both sets of parents were convinced by a pastor she was "possessed", she was tied to a chair for about 3 days with no sleep, and her head was doused in Holy Oil as this man said prayers over her. He used so much oil it had a semi-permanent effect on her skin. She was traumatized by it to the point she resented church and her parents.
Thanks Rev and Brandi. If you want to pray for her, her name is Jackie (I'm sick and kind of out of it, sorry for the typo). She told me about this when we were pretty young, but we still tried to do something about it. Unfortunately, the guy had left town and there's the statute of limitations thing. I tried taking her to a Lutheran church, which maybe helped. I'm sorry to hear about that boy, what a shame. That must have been a horrible experience. I love the smell of Holy Oil but it's so pugent, I can't imagine someone ingesting it. Thanks for sharing Brandi, and the warm welcome :)
Dear Brandi:

Incredibly sad story. My heart goes out to the boy. I pray that somehow God will allow us to get a strong countermovement going to educate people and warn them about the evils of the deliverance movement.
I pray that we will be able to stop some things like this from happening to children in the near future.

May God bless our efforts,

Darrell

Brandi said:
Wow this is just unbelievable. Jesus NEVER abused anyone when he cast out demons( which I dont believe this girl had a demon, human emotions dont equal posession)- it was SPIRITUALLY accomplished. This reminds me of something similar to this that I saw about ten years ago. We went to a tent revival with some family friends and the lady brought a young boy with her - he went to school with my sister and he was very feminine, I guess you could say. He was the sweetest kid ever though. He was about 13. The so called minster called him up and said he had a homosexual demon and he bent backwards almost all the way, in an unnatural way with no one holding him up. I am not sure if he was posessed but this wasnt normal. Even if he were posessed what they did to him next was very abusive. The kept ouring holy oil in HIS MOUTH and he was choking and they kept dousing him and he was so abused that he was coughing up blood everywhere. They said it was the demon and I knew this was not true. It felt very wrong and I didnt feel God in it at all. These ministers seemed to be in it for the show of it. We rode home with that boy and I was so angry the whole way as he was laying down in the back of the van still spitting up blood. I was caught up in the charasmatic pentacostal movement very deeply and was confused with my concious telling me this was wrong but my "tradition" telling me this was not wrong. Now I know it was just plain abuse and wish I could go back and do something about it, if I saw that now I would call the police and probably confont those ministers in front of God and everybody. So many people out there are repulsed by God because of self serving prideful self appointed ministers, and it really upsets me. SO sorry your friend went through this, there isno excuse for what they did to her.

JessicaB said:
I wasn't personally, but was very close to someone that was (childhood friend), and seeing the aftermath was heartbreaking. This girl, Liz, had very poor parents and they were devout pentacostals. They had to live with a family for a time when she was around 7 or so, and had to share a bed with an autistic girl. Jackie got so fed up one night with the girl wetting the bed (this wasn't either one of their faults, they were children), she reached over to a shelf, grabbed a piggy bank, and hit her on the head. Both sets of parents were convinced by a pastor she was "possessed", she was tied to a chair for about 3 days with no sleep, and her head was doused in Holy Oil as this man said prayers over her. He used so much oil it had a semi-permanent effect on her skin. She was traumatized by it to the point she resented church and her parents.
Family resolves to take its fight over exorcism to U.S. Supreme Court

Laura Schubert Pearson was an impressionable 17-year-old when friends in her church youth group thought demons possessed her.

Repeatedly, over two days, the youth pastor, his wife and others held the girl down on the floor of the Pleasant Glade Assembly of God Church in Colleyville, even as Pearson screamed, fought and begged to be released.

They cast it as wrestling with the devil.

But she said it was “like being pummeled by this very large group. These were our friends, people we hung out with.”

The 1996 episode left her physically and emotionally scarred, and “this stuff is still hard to talk about,” Pearson told the Star-Telegram after the Texas Supreme Court dismissed her lawsuit against the church June 27. The majority said the courts can’t get involved in a religious debate over church doctrine.

Pearson, now 29 and living near Atlanta with her new husband and her children, said: “You can’t use your religious beliefs to get away with harming a child.”

After the exorcism, she dropped out of high school her senior year, began to cut herself as many as 100 times over several years, and refused to leave the house. Pearson slit her wrists with a box cutter.

Her father, a former missionary and minister, became an agnostic.

But Pearson and her parents, Tom and Judy Schubert, say they are willing to go to the U.S. Supreme Court in their fight against a church they once loved.

As the parents see it, Pleasant Glade members abused their daughter in the same way a husband or a boyfriend abuses a wife or a girlfriend — and all under the guise of serving the Lord.
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The Rev. Lloyd McCutchen, who later merged the Pleasant Glade church with another congregation to create the Assembly of God Church in Colleyville, did not return calls seeking comment. But in 2002, he said that the congregation was a “Bible-believing Pentecostal church. For this we make no apologies.”

David Pruessner, the church’s attorney, has repeatedly described Pearson as an out-of-control, attention-seeking teenager who he once said “breathes in attention the same way we breathe in air.”

In court testimony, church members did not deny holding her down.

“None of them had a personal vendetta,” Pruessner said. “She was in a church service and screaming and in a lot of pain, so they were stepping forward to help her.”

Pearson already suffered from psychological problems caused by traumatic events she witnessed while her parents were missionaries in Africa, including “beatings and burnings,” Pruessner claimed in court documents.

- Source: Family resolves to take its fight over exorcism to U.S. Supreme Court, Max B. Baker, Star-Telegram, USA, July 27, 2008 — Summarized by Religion News Blog
Texas Supreme Court’s ruling didn’t settle raging debate on exorcism

When the Texas Supreme Court tossed out a lawsuit against a former Colleyville church involved in a traumatic exorcism, did the justices properly defend everyone’s religious freedoms or simply get it all wrong?

Opinions about the court’s 6-3 decision in the Pleasant Glade Assembly of God vs. Laura Schubert are as sharply divided as those displayed by the justices themselves.

There also is no consensus on whether the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case if an appeal is filed as promised. The Schubert attorney has asked for a rehearing at the Texas high court, a request that is typically denied.

Texas Supreme Court Justice David Medina, writing for the majority, said the case presents an ecclesiastical dispute over religious conduct that would unnecessarily entangle the court in church doctrine.

Medina said that while Schubert’s argument regarding physical injuries might be tried without mentioning religion, her case was mostly about her emotional or psychological injuries from a sanctioned religious activity.

For the court to impose any legal liability for engaging in a religious activity would have an unconstitutional “chilling effect” by compelling the church to abandon core principles of its religious beliefs, Medina wrote.

But the justice added that the court does not mean to imply that anyone may commit an intentional wrong, such as sexual assault, and get away with it.

In a biting dissent, Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson said the majority’s opinion, which threw out the case and $178,000 in damages, was “imprecise and overbroad.”

“This sweeping immunity is inconsistent with United States Supreme Court precedent and extends far beyond the protections our Constitution affords religious conduct,” Jefferson wrote.

Kelly Shackelford, lead attorney for the Liberty Legal Institute, a conservative nonprofit organization that defends religious freedoms and First Amendment rights, said the case shouldn’t have gone to trial in the first place.

During the trial, the incident involving the 17-year-old girl was never described as an exorcism, something that Shackelford said was a big mistake.

“This thing never should have started from Day One,” Shackelford said. “If they didn’t hear about the exorcism, this just looks mean.”

He said that courts simply can’t get into church disputes and that the U.S. Supreme Court has held since the late 1800s that people have the voluntary right to associate with whatever group they want to without government interference.

“I think it is a good decision. Long term, you don’t want judges being dragged into internal church disputes,” Shackelford said. “If you go the other way, this will be No. 1 of the thousands that courts will be called in to referee.”

- Source: Texas Supreme Court’s ruling didn’t settle raging debate on exorcism, Max B. Baker, Star-Telegram, USA, July 27, 2008 — Summarized by Religion News Blog
Mercy Ministries, the Gloria Jeans and Hillsong-supported religious program under investigation for its controversial use of exorcism to treat mental illness, has announced its Queensland home will close.

A Herald investigation in March revealed that young women who entered the program were forced to sign over their Centrelink benefits and were virtually cut off from the outside world without medical or psychological treatment.

Since then more than a dozen young women have come forward to make complaints to various government bodies, including the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission and the Queensland Office of Fair Trading.

Various businesses listed by Mercy Ministries as sponsors have abandoned the organisation and it appears the resulting drop in support has forced the closure of one of its two houses. The Sydney house at Glenhaven remains open for business.

In a statement posted on its website this week, Mercy Ministries said: “After careful consideration, the board of directors of Mercy Ministries Australia has made the decision to close its Sunshine Coast home due to strategic and resourcing issues. The effective closure will take place at the end of July 2008.”

The executive director of Mercy Ministries, Mark Caldwell, did not return the Herald’s calls, so it is unclear what the future holds for the organisation, or whether it will go ahead with plans to open houses in other cities.
Houston Chronicle, USA
Feb. 4, 2008


ODESSA — A woman whose husband said died while he was performing an exorcism on her suffocated, officials said on Monday.

Susan Kay Clark was apparently not strangled, Ector County Sheriff Mark Donaldson said of results of a preliminary autopsy that showed she died of suffocation.

Jan David Clark, 60, of Odessa, was arrested Friday after authorities went to his home and found his wife’s body wrapped in a sheet with a cross and sword on top of it on the floor of the master bathroom.

Jan David Clark told investigators he had his wife pinned on the floor of the bathroom when she died. Clark said he was trying to exorcise demons from her body when they entered him and caused her to die, probable-cause documents say.

No pillows were found in the bathroom, Donaldson said.

A woman who answered the phone on Monday at the Odessa home of Susan Clark’s daughter, Rhonda Carrigan, said the family wished to be left alone.

Jan David Clark has been charged with murder and remained in the Ector County jail Monday on $300,000 bail. He has requested an attorney be appointed to represent him, Donaldson said.

Authorities went to the Clarks’ home before dawn Friday after being told that Clark had called a friend and said his 59-year-old wife was dead.

A full autopsy report on Susan Clark is pending by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office.
US boy dies during "Exorcism"

An autistic eight-year-old boy has died during a prayer service held to supposedly cure him of the evil spirits blamed for causing his condition.

Torrance Cantrell was wrapped in sheets and held by his hands and feet while members of the Faith Temple Church of the Apostolic Faith in the city of Milwaukee prayed over him.

This procedure had been taking place three times a week. However, on Friday those involved in the ceremony - including his mother - noticed the boy had stopped breathing.

Paramedics were called to the scene but were unable to revive him.

The brother of the church's pastor, Ray Hemphill, who was also present at the ceremony, was arrested shortly after the incident on suspicion of physically abusing a child, local police said.

"[We] didn't do nothing wrong," the pastor, David Hemphill, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper.

"We did what the Book of Matthew said... all we did is ask God to deliver him."

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Autism causes children to have severe problems relating to, and communicating with, people around them.

In interviews with local newspapers, neighbours of the Cantrell family alleged that Torrance hated being touched and said that having people restrain him would likely have caused him a great deal of stress.

However, David Hemphill said that the boy had been wrapped in sheets and had his shoes removed in order to prevent him from being hurt.

"We were asking God to take this spirit that was tormenting this little boy to death," Mr Hemphill said.

"We were praying that hard, but not to kill."

David Hemphill started the independent church in 1997. It has a small congregation of six families.

Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/americas/3179789.stm

Published: 2003/08/25 14:41:23 GMT

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Attempted Exorcism Ends In Man's Death

MSNBC updated 6:32 p.m. ET, Sun., July. 29, 2007

PHOENIX - Officers responding to a report of an exorcism on a young girl found her grandfather choking her and used stun guns to subdue the man, who later died, authorities said Sunday.

The 3-year-old girl and her mother, who was also in the room during the struggle between 49-year-old Ronald Marquez and officers, were hospitalized, police said. Their condition was unavailable.

The relative who called police said an exorcism had also been attempted Thursday.

“The purpose was to release demons from this very young child,” said Sgt. Joel Tranter.

Officers arrived at the house Saturday and entered when they heard screaming coming from a bedroom, Tranter said.

A bed had been pushed up against the door; the officers pushed it open a few inches and saw Marquez choking his bloodied granddaughter, who was crying in pain and gasping, Tranter said.

A bloody, naked 19-year-old woman who police later determined to be Marquez’s daughter and the girl’s mother was in the room, chanting “something that was religious in nature,” Tranter said.

The officers forced open the door enough for one to enter, leading to a struggle in which an officer used a stun gun on Marquez, Tranter said.

After the initial stun had no visible effect, another officer squeezed into the room and stunned him. The girl was freed and passed through the door to the relative, Tranter said.

Marquez was placed in handcuffs after a struggle with officers and initially appeared normal, but then stopped breathing, Tranter said. He could not be revived and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Tranter declined to identify Marquez’s daughter and granddaughter but said they lived in the house with Marquez.

The mother was not arrested, but police will consider criminal charges, Tranter said.

There was no phone listing at Ronald Marquez’s address.
Exorcist sentenced to death for killing 6 followers

Kyodo News Service in Japan Today/November 23, 2005

Sendai — The Sendai High Court on Tuesday upheld a death sentence against a woman calling herself an exorcist for killing six of her followers by repeatedly beating them on the pretext of exorcising evil spirits.

The ruling at the Fukushima District Court said Sachiko Eto, 58, beat followers with drumsticks in her house in Sukagawa, Fukushima Prefecture, where she lived with them, between January and June 1995 as a way to force demons from their bodies.

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