Long time readers of Foster Disbelief will no doubt remember the heartwarming story of three attractive teen girl exorcists in search of a reality television show. For those who don’t, here is a quick highlight:
Brynne, 17, is the leader of the pack, the one the others call the “enforcer.” She is home-schooled and a regular on the beauty pageant circuit. Savannah, 20, is known as the “compassionate one,” a college student who likes to shop. Finally, there’s Tess, “the middle man” because the others say this 17-year-old can play both good and bad cop. She also performs in local musicals.
“There is a war going on every day, being waged against us,” Brynne said. “Satan hates us. We know how the enemy is, we know what he’s attacking and we can fight back.”
For those at home thinking that these teens may just be delusional, allow me to point out that the father of one of these girls is none other than Bob Larson, well know
scam artist exorcist for hire and that they all charge for these services.
Anyway, we have an update on this story from the Las Vegas Guardian Express!:
Demons can be sexually transmitted, say three young exorcists, and when it happens, it can be a real menace. The girls, who hail from Phoenix, Arizona, are featured in a new documentary by film Vice.com. They travel all over the world, meeting with people who have been afflicted with what they say are sexually transmitted demons, and commanding those demons to leave the person alone. The ringleader, Brynn Larson, was raised by televangelist Bob Larson, who claims he recently cured a man of a homosexual curse and the demon inside him. The elder Larson believes that about 50% of the entire world’s population is possessed by demons.
50%? Well, at least they aren’t exaggerating or anything. Moving on….
There are many ways to be infected with a demon, say the girls, but the biggest causes are sexual abuse and drug addiction. It is also possible, they say, to catch a demon by having sex with prostitutes, being physical or emotionally abused, and by sinning.
“To catch a demon…” You know, like a cold. And while I get the whole “sin as means of demonic possession” thing, can they get much more “blame the victim” than suggesting that being physically or emotionally abused can lead to possession?
The documentary highlights the girls’ recent trip to the Ukraine, where drug addiction and prostitution along with a belief in the supernatural, are both prevalent. Touring through small mining towns, the girls look for those who have suffered sexual, physical and emotional abuse at the hands of loved ones.
Looking for marks to con out of their money by going to areas where belief in the supernatural is high and I am willing to bet access to mental health treatment is low, and convincing undereducated people that they are possessed.
In one church featured in the documentary, many members of the congregation were in tears and several of them lined up, sobbing, in front of the exorcism team. Bob Larson proceeded to have them repeat the abuse they had suffered, such as “my daddy beat me” and “my uncle raped me” and then he screamed several commands at the demons, including “you stand up and face me!” and pressed a crucifix into the foreheads of the afflicted. There was much screaming, crying, groaning and hissing. One woman put up her hands, making the shape of claws, as she growled.
I wonder how much damage these bastards are doing to these people? How many actual problems they are compounding by ignoring the actual problem and providing a demonic solution in order to make a few bucks? They will never know, because they aren’t around to deal with the aftermath, they have already moved on to the next town to bilk a few more suckers.
Luckily, though, it seems that the demons, according the younger Larson, “can’t just go into anybody they want to; they have to have a legal right.” But don’t relax just yet, because “if you sin, if you start doing drugs,” then you will have “stepped out of the umbrella of God’s protection,” and are vulnerable to catching a demon. And if you’re abused, sexually or otherwise, “you can’t help it,” says Larson, “because of the feelings that it brings, because of the hate and the hurt and the shame, Satan can attack you.”
A legal right? Please. Seriously?
The three girls shun all things related to “Harry Potter, witchcraft, violence, Twilight…horror movies, and sexual stuff.” When asked if they ever have guilty feelings about having to upset people, they say no, but they do get “angry at the Devil” for inflicting people with shame and hatred. Larson, especially, says that she becomes furious at Satan for what he has done to her exorcism clients. “I just get like… how dare Satan do that to them? And I just want to go after that demon and get him. It’s not guilt, because you’re helping them,” she says proudly.
There is a part of me that wants to believe that these girls are being brainwashed, that they believe what they are doing is 100% above board and legit, that Bob is the evil asshole in all of this and that the poor, innocent girls are blameless. But I can’t. Daddy groomed her well, and I can only imagine the conversations they have at home about the best way to fleece the flock.
The Orthodox Church of the Ukraine feels differently however. The official stance of the Orthodox Church is that the exorcisms are not real. A priest interviewed for the documentary says “It’s a business that maybe brings some profit to them, like an advertisement.”
Some profit? A bit of an understatement perhaps.