On a happier note, this time out the right person ended up dead:
PHOENIX, Arizona (AP) — Officers responding to a report of an exorcism on a young girl found her grandfather choking her and used stun guns to subdue the man, who later died, authorities said Sunday.
“The purpose was to release demons from this very young child,” said Sgt. Joel Tranter.
Officers arrived at the house Saturday and entered when they heard screaming coming from a bedroom, Tranter said.
A bed had been pushed up against the door; the officers pushed it open a few inches and saw Marquez choking his bloodied granddaughter, who was crying in pain and gasping, Tranter said.
A bloody, naked 19-year-old woman who police later determined to be Marquez’s daughter and the girl’s mother was in the room, chanting “something that was religious in nature,” Tranter said.
While no specific religious belief is mentioned, that’s largely irrelevant: many, including our own popular Christianity, expressly support the nonsense that is demonic possession. Sure, most folks in the modern world, when push comes to casting out, seek the science of medicine rather than the ooga-booga, hocus-pocus and “Amen!” of a witch doctor. That, however, doesn’t let them off the hook for their continued support of a 2000 year old book of folklore and myth as the final word on this, that, and the other thing.