What do Sarah Palin and John Ensign have in common?

August 8, 2009 at 3:51 pm | Posted in God machine | Leave a comment
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Suffering man beset by demons; banishes them with Wolcotts formula.  c1863.  (Library of Congress)

Suffering man beset by demons; banishes them with Wolcott's formula. c1863. (Library of Congress)

They share “the ideological vision of creating a Christian theocratic earthly utopia by driving out demon spirits.

Unfortunately, they don’t walk alone.

Components of the Prayer Walking and demon deliverance ideology are being incorporated into the police practices of Orlando, Florida and Peoria, Illinois, in novel and factually-challenged efforts that partner local Christian churches with police departments of those cities; teams of church members, with police backup for safety, walk high-crime areas and try to pray down violent crime and murder rates.

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