'Gay Exorcism' at Conn. Church Draws Ire of Rights Groups

Boy, 16, thrashes and vomits in YouTube clip
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2009 1:42 PM CDT
'Gay Exorcism' at Conn. Church Draws Ire of Rights Groups
Gay rights demonstrators in Philadelphia.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – A Connecticut church is under fire for performing a “gay exorcism,” WPIX-TV reports. A video posted on YouTube (since removed) by Manifested Glory Ministries shows priests commanding “homosexual demons” to leave the body of a 16-year-old boy. During the ritual the boy thrashes around, and even vomits. One advocacy group for gay teens is calling for an investigation by children’s services.

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“Right now in the name of Jesus,” an elder says on the tape, “I call the homosexuality, right now in the name of Jesus.” An official for the advocacy group, True Colors, says the “horrifying” practice happens all the time. “What saddens me is the people that are doing this think they are doing something in the kid’s best interests, when in fact they’re murdering his spirit,” she said. (Read more gay rights stories.)

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