Daily Hilarity: “Possession”

Daily Hilarity: “Possession” June 30, 2009

Legal blogger Eugene Volokh writes the following about the attempt to rid a teenage boy of a “homosexual demon”

“Come on You Homosexual Demon”:

That’s a line from an apparent “gay exorcism,” according to ABC News. The article saus that “Robin McHaelen, executive director of the Manchester-Conn., True Colors,” “a nonprofit group for gay and lesbian youth that has mentored [a teenager] for about a year,” “said she was mandated by law to report the exorcism to the state Department of Children and Families, which she said is now investigating.” The video referred to by the article is apparently available here.

This sort of action sounds quite silly to me, since the notion of demonic possession strikes me as about as sensible as the notion of werewolves, vampires, or witches.

And Edward A Hoffman replies,

A surprising statement from a legal academic. I always thought possession was nine tenths of the law.

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