Religion and parenting -- they don't always mix. Case in point: Any parents who fork over hard-earned cash to have "demons" driven out of their kids by a teenage exorcists Brynne Larson, 18, and sisters Tess and Savannah Scherkenback, ages 18 and 21. The Arizona-based girls are "trained exorcists," thanks to Brynne's father, Reverend Bob Larson, who says he is "guided by God" and has "cast out more than 15,000 demons." And we're not just talking stateside -- right now, the girls are taking on London, an apparent hotbed of demonic activity ... on account of Harry Potter. No, really -- the girls say kids in London are all but asking to be possessed by reading and reciting the spells in J.K. Rowling's best-selling series.
So, obviously Rev. Bob is bonkersville and these girls are brainwashed. But what of the parents who pay -- up to $450 per private exorcism -- to have their kids de-deviled?
Seriously, let's think about this one for a minute. Like, let's put our sane, rational parenting hats on and THINK ABOUT THIS. Look, I'm not arguing the fact that all kids occasionally act like they're possessed by demons -- that's like, Childhood 101. And certainly, some kids sometimes act more possessed than others, to the point where such behavior becomes problematic and needs to be addressed. However, at what point -- and remember, we have those SANE and RATIONAL hats on -- would a parent think to his or herself: Hmm, little Bobby sure is raising a lot of hell around here. Hey ... raising hell! That's the ticket! Forget the fact that he eats too much sugar or goes to bed too late or is upset about the new baby, kid must be POSSESSED BY HARRY POTTER!!!
Is this akin to a crusade? Are these parents really convinced they're saving their kids souls?? I get that religious types put God before any/everything else, but, well, that's why I say religion and parenting don't always mix.
All I know is, Bob Larson is laughing all the way to the bank. Not only does he rake in the dough for those private exorcisms, he makes even more money selling books, DVDs and "crosses of deliverance."
Did I mention these girls are trying to get their own reality show? Are you so not surprised??
Do you think parents who pay to get demons driven out of their kids are nuts?
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