Saturday, June 14, 2008

Jindal's political demon 

Governor Jindal will appear on Face the Nation tomorrow morning.

He'll probably not be asked about this week's blogosphere boomlet regarding his "exorcism" essay.

Over at Clownhall, Kathryn Jean Lopez defended Jindal with her signature logic:

Can we please not use religion against another candidate this cycle?
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[T]he insinuation appears to be that Jindal is a weirdo. The article that is circulating revolves around an "exorcism" Jindal experienced as an undergraduate at Brown University. While exorcisms should not be tried at home or in your dorm room, it is not breaking news that there is evil in the world. That a young man recognized this while in college is not a scandal.

Totally unrelated CNN news story:

It may be difficult for modern-day Western cultures to fathom, but in Western Kenya, beliefs in ghosts and witches are very real.
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"I believe there is witchcraft and the witches kill," [Paul] Magoma says while building a chapel. His fellow workers concur: Witches exist and can put spells on people.

... At the top of a hill outside Kisii, Joseph Omache practices his craft. Omache is a shaman, or traditional healer. He throws bones and communes with ancestors to help heal physical and spiritual ailments.

"It is very painful when somebody kills another person in the name of witchcraft," he says. "Why couldn't they come to me so that I can perform my herbal potion to identify the real witch so that I can go ahead now to trap him and then we can see what to do?"

Omache says that in his 10 years of studies and decades of practicing, he has never come across a witch.

While witch-hunting should not be tried in a dorm room or without a competent shaman, it is not breaking news that there is evil in the world. That a man like Paul Magoma recognized this while building a chapel is not a scandal.
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When Jindal helped exorcise the demon out of his friend Susan, was it cast into the herd of swine in the Louisiana State Legislature?

Just askin'.

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From the Roman Ritual on Exorcism: "Therefore, I adjure you, profligate dragon, in the name of the spotless Lamb, who has trodden down the asp and the basilisk, and overcome the lion and the dragon, to depart from this [person]."
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Partial list of recent exorcism-related deaths here.
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Credit Hairy Fish Nuts for the idea behind this blog post.

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All this exorcism crap is indeed crap. If these people wanna handle some real supernatural powers, all they need to do is head for the banks of the Mississippi and fashion a golem out of clay. No big whoop.

Then again, these ARE politicians. Even if they brought it to life, they probably won't be able to slay the being...

By Blogger Leigh C., at 12:25 AM  

"When Jindal helped exorcise the demon out of his friend Susan, was it cast into the herd of swine in the Louisiana State Legislature?"

It's really not right for you to make me laugh so early on a Sunday morning. I'm sure you will catch all sorts of hell for 'attacking' his 'Christian faith'.

By Blogger Jim, at 7:10 AM  

Here's video* of Gov. Jindal performing an exorcism.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o07qRVETglQ

The role of Gov. Jindal is played by Craig T. Nelson

By Anonymous joejoejoe, at 6:54 PM  

You know that if the Democrats try and bring up the exorcism again that they will only bungle it and it will only help Jindal.

Besides, when Jindal does run for national office, what we need is to focus on other things that will effectively drive the moderates and independants away from him in droves.

You know, things like his extremist stance on abortion, his hypocrisy when it comes to ethics reform, his failure as head of Louisiana's department of health and all those other factual and tangible items that moderate and independant voters will need to see to be scared away from him.

Making fun of him for his religious beliefs may seem like an "easy" way to scare people away from him because it is never really that easy. He doesn't currently participate in exorsism today (that we know of) and the chances are that any attack on Jindal's religion will backfire. So lets just focus on the tangibles and attack Jindal on his record and his political beliefs.

By Anonymous Daniel Z., at 11:03 PM