Bob Larson of Spiritual Freedom Church is a Christian author and so-called exorcist who boasts that he has performed over 15,000 exorcisms. For a fee, visitors to his website can even undertake a "demon test" to see if they are possessed. His three teenage daughters, Brynne, Savannah, and Tess, also claim to be adept demon exorcists.
In a YouTube video making the rounds in the blogosphere, Larson claims to be exorcising a gay demon from a middle-aged man. Calling the creature a "filthy stinking sex demon," he beseeches the man to accept Jesus.
At first, I laughed at the sheer absurdity and hamminess of the video. Upon reflection, however, I looked at the video with sorrow. The notion that homosexuality results from demonic activity is not unheard of in fundamentalist Christian circles, both in the U.S. and abroad. It frames homosexuality not only as a supernatural evil, but as a spiritual pathology to be cured, rather than a normal variation of human sexuality. Such superstitions both reflect and fuel homophobia, with devastating consequences for LGBTQ people. It is these superstitions we must challenge.
Hat tip to Gaystar News. For more information on Bob Larson, click here.
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Think Progress: Gay ‘Exorcisms’ Distract From The Real Harms Of Ex-Gay Ministries And Anti-LGBT Beliefs
Gawker: Here’s a Man Undergoing a Gay Demon Exorcism
Progressive Puppy: Fundie Pastor Confronts Devils, Performs Gay Exorcisms