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"Exorcism of gays in the UK"

Posted by libhom Tuesday, September 08, 2009

We don't have a monopoly an batshit crazy Christian extremists here in the US, even though it seems like it at times. From a 9/23/09 press release on noted UK queer activist Peter Tatchell's website:

Fundamentalist Christian churches in Britain are performing exorcisms on lesbian and gay people in a bid to purge them of their homosexuality.

“The exorcism rituals involve the casting out of alleged demons and witches that supposedly possess a gay person’s soul and turn them away from heterosexuality,” said LGBT human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell of OutRage!

“There are claims that gay teenagers and young adults are being subjected to exorcisms at the insistence of their parents and pastors, in an attempt to rid them of same-sex attraction.

“The exorcisms can include traumatic emotional scenes where the victims are surrounded by a group of church elders who scream at them to drive out the evil spirits and who sometimes shake their bodies.

“When this is done to youngsters under 18, it is a form of child abuse and the police should intervene to stop it

“Some gay adults have been pressured into exorcisms by their family members or faith communities. Other victims are people with learning difficulties or mental health problems. They have been preyed upon when they are in a vulnerable state and are not capable of giving fully informed consent.

“There needs to be a thorough police investigation of all the churches that are doing these exorcisms,” said Mr Tatchell.

One London church admits it does exorcisms on four or five gay people every year. This church, United Pentecostal Ministry in Harrow north London, was exposed by The Metro newspaper late last month:

Link to The Metro Article

The church pastor, Rev John Ogbe-Ogbeide, said he did the ritual to cast out the demons and evil spirits that he believes are responsible for homosexuality. Sometimes people were calm during the process but sometimes their body convulsed, he conceded.

Exorcisms can be performed on gay children or on those who are suspected to be gay. There is no minimum age for the exorcism ceremony because a demon could possess a person at any age in life and could incline them to “wrong” sexual thoughts and behaviour, said Rev Ogbe-Ogbeide.

“United Pentecostal Ministry says it performs four or five exorcisms on gay people each year. It is just one of hundreds of fundamentalist churches in Britain. Gay exorcisms are likely to be performed in many of them. It is possible that dozens or even hundreds of LGBT people could be subjected to exorcism abuse in the UK. Because it takes place behind closed church doors and is kept secret, it is impossible to give an accurate assessment of the numbers involved,” added Mr Tatchell.

Christian religious extremism is dangerous and vicious wherever it is found. Christian supremacist bigots are proselytizing all over the world. As the AWOL Rapture is reducing their numbers in the US, the rest of the world is being colonized by the fungus of militant Christianity.

If you live in the UK, the full press release has information on actions you can take.

 

3 comments

  1. Lew Scannon Says:
  2. So, demons force people to be gay? This is not too far removed from Xemu and thetans making people do things. Paging L. Ron Hubbard, I smell a copyright infringement!

     
  3. C Woods Says:
  4. Sometimes I delude myself into thinking Europeans are somehow more civilized than we are, but there are crazy religious zealots everywhere. In my opinion, if they would worry more about who hates each other rather than who loves each other, it would be a far better world.

     
  5. Jimmy Says:
  6. Are they still burning witches too?

     

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