Three girls led by ‘foremost expert on cults’ claim to cast out demons

Bob Larson exorcism girls Under the guidance of Bob Larson, who claims to be “the world’s foremost expert on cults, the occult, and supernatural phenomena,” three girls ‘cast out demons’ — for a price.

ABC Nightline says there are very serious questions about the safety and morality of what the girls are doing for others, especially those who might need mental health care. [Read more...]

Doctors warn that exorcisms reinforce delusions

Exorcism The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has warned about the alarming rise in the number of exorcism attempts in Australia – some on children as young as two.

Dr Choong-Siew Yong, who represents psychiatry on the AMA’s Federal Council, says saying someone was possessed could reinforce their delusions and stop them getting proper care. [Read more...]

Man who turned alleged exorcism into cottage industry features on reality TV show

Bob Larson, alleged exorcist Bob Larson, the sensationalistic and controversial ‘evangelist’ who has turned alleged exorcism into a cottage industry, is joining the ranks of such luminaries as Ozzy Osbourne, Gene Simmons, and Jessica Simpson as the star of his own reality TV show.

Mr. Larson admits it’s an unusual combination of spirituality and entertainment, saying he can envision fans “throwing house parties with pizza and popcorn” while they watch him command demons to depart from tormented souls. [Read more...]