Oct
25

“Gay sex demon” sounds like a sick metal band

But instead of frantic power chords and guttural vocals, we get a joker exorcising a “gay sex demon” from a man who has clearly never taken an acting class. Sorry.


Christians, it’s shit like this that makes it hard for us to take you seriously. Besides the obvious, which is that it’s both incredibly rude and stupid to say that homosexual behavior stems from demonic possession, the video is clearly staged. Why would a demon act so theatrically? Why would a demon look into the camera and then wince, or wait until the microphone is near to moan and wail?

More importantly, why do christian ministers seem to so often be immune to downfall? This man, Bob Larson, is still actively working, despite being a charlatan that stages these ridiculous shows for the flock. Look at Peter Popoff, who is still raking in millions of dollars per year, even after being outed as a fraud by James Randi. In addition to being hucksters for Jesus, the Popoffs sound like terrible human beings devoid of compassion.

During a 2008 interview, Randi explained that he and Shaw had recorded Liz Popoff using a racial slur to describe an African-American audience member to her husband and laughingly telling him to “…keep your hands off [her] tits … I’m watching you.” Randi further revealed that when a man dying from testicular cancer came before Popoff during a crusade, Liz Popoff and her aides were hysterically laughing at his visible tumor.

Gay-Sex-Demon

I’ve actually seen this same expression on The Price Is Right when one contestant adds $1 to another contestant’s bid.

Con artists have never found a better tent than religion, peddling their bullshit and swindling untold amounts of money from millions of the faithful over the years. In keeping with the blog-as-confession theme, I suppose this would be a good time to mention that I used to believe this crap in my youth. I actually believed that there were invisible demons, supernatural beings that could possess us and control our actions, and could only be cast out through the Name and Power of the Lord Jesus Christ™ (all rights reserved). During my formative years, while my young brain was still developing and before I began to view the world through the lens of skepticism, I fed this delusion with books by Frank Peretti (described as a “sanctified Stephen King”) and, yes, even Bob Larson and others of his ilk.

As I got older and learned more about the world, I realized that magic is best left to experts like Harry Potter and Gandalf. To state it more plainly, this kind of mysticism is fiction and only exists in our imaginations, not in the real world. The preachers that are held up as “warriors for Jesus” tend to be swindlers, bad actors, or both. As I stated in a previous post, “There are no monsters lurking in the shadows, no gods or demons waiting to cast you into a fiery pit upon your death.” There are no demons controlling people, just overactive imaginations.

Those who are demon-possessed according to people like Bob Larson need the help of mental health professionals, rather than being shouted at and having a bible rubbed over their heads. Many people do not want to admit that they are sick. Overcoming mental illness can be extremely difficult, and people desperately want to believe that their problems are caused by external sources. Of course we want to believe that our problem is both not our fault AND easily solved without much effort on our part. Why trouble yourself with finding a good doctor, experimenting with medication until you find the proper dosage, and visiting a counselor, when you can just wave a magic wand to make it all go away? The problem, you see, is that illness is real, but demons are not.

So long as people like Bob Larson and Peter Popoff continue in their deception, real people will suffer real harm. It is up to us to bring their lies to light. As Fazil Say said, “If this is a dark era, then let us enlighten it.”

This has been Day 25 of my blog-a-day goal for the month of October. I hope to write 500 words or more per day, or ~15,000 for the month, to get myself in the habit of writing every day. How do you keep yourself motivated for creative pursuits? It’s definitely something I find difficult.

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Current projects: Working on recording an audiobook version of my debut novel The Lightcap. I'm also writing a zombie novel that I hope to have available by the end of 2014.

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