Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, who may be on John McCain's Vice President shortlist, has quite a resume: state university system president, Congressman, governor, and, er, exorcist. In 1994, Jindal apparently wrote an essay for Catholic journal New Oxford Review about how he helped drive out a demon from a friend named Susan, and posits that the ritual may have even cured the young woman's skin cancer. Talking Points Memo recounts the weirdness and quotes Jindal's essay:
The students, led by Susan's sister and Louise, a member of a charismatic church, engaged in loud and desperate prayers while holding Susan with one hand. Kneeling on the ground, my friends were chanting, "Satan, I command you to leave this woman." Others exhorted all "demons to leave in the name of Christ." It is no exaggeration to note the tears and sweat among those assembled. Susan lashed out at the assembled students with verbal assaults...
Whenever I concentrated long enough to begin prayer, I felt some type of physical force distracting me. It was as if something was pushing down on my chest, making it very hard for me to breathe. . . Though I could find no cause for my chest pains, I was very scared of what was happening to me and Susan. I began to think that the demon would only attack me if I tried to pray or fight back; thus, I resigned myself to leaving it alone in an attempt to find peace for myself.
Link (Thanks, Gil Kaufman!)
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