People often ask me what good my degree in medieval history is. An answer I sometimes give is, “In many ways our civilization is still medieval; modern history is medieval history, and vice versa.” A sterling example of this is in the following case; it exemplifies the medieval mindset which still lives on, even in 21st century Connecticut (USA).

Recently there appeared on YouTube a video of a teen being exorcized of “homosexual demons”; this report comes from WTIC-TV (Fox 61) in Hartford:

A Connecticut church posted a controversial video on YouTube that raised questions about the treatment of children by a leader of a gay and lesbian teen mentoring group among others

The video features church elders performing what looks like an exorcism, of what they refer to in the video as “homosexual demons”

The video shows leaders of the Manifested Glory Ministries in a frenetic scene, screaming, “Right now I command you to leave!”

At the same time a teen writhing on the ground as the adults around him implore so called “homosexual demons” to get out.

The leaders yell at the boy on the ground saying, “Right now in the name of Jesus, I call the homosexuality, right now in the name of Jesus.”

For 20 minutes it continues with the boy in a near seizure, even vomiting.

(Missing punctuation is per the original story.)

The Bridgeport, CT church that orchestrated this gay exorcism doesn’t appear interested in defending their practices, though, and even pulled not only this video but their entire account from YouTube:

Prophet Patricia McKinney and her husband, church overseer Kelvin McKinney have a weekly radio show. She wasn’t much interested in talking, telling Fox 61’s Laurie Perez, “Don’t be following, I’m telling you no.” …

The church has recently taken down its YouTube account, but the video is still posted on other sites.

So this church is happy to exorcize “homosexual demons,” and are even proud enough of it to post it to YouTube … but once it gets ridiculed and reporters ask about it, they suddenly become shy, won’t admit to it, and even try to conceal it. How wonderful.

Note: the video that’s embedded on the Fox 61 report page, is their own televised report, not the original exorcism video. That can be seen here, if you care to look:

Although this “exorcism” is not of the Hollywood sort and a little bit campy, having seen a number of exorcisms as performed by Protestant fundamentalists myself, I can attest to this one being quite usual.

At any rate, although this ceremony is not the famous Rituale Romanum as it had been practiced in the Middle Ages, the idea that a person’s problems are caused by diabolic or demonic possession, making exorcism a solution, is most certainly a very medieval idea. (That’s not to say that I consider being gay to be a “problem” … that’s what Manifested Glory Ministries thinks.) Our 21st century occidental civilization obviously has a great deal of development left ahead of it, before it actually becomes a truly 21st-century civilization.

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