With the Christmas season lingering, there's one fellow who's been left out of the merriment and good tidings. A certain fellow with horns and a pitchfork. And he seems to be doing whatever he can to snatch a bit of the spotlight, as evidenced in an exorcism lawsuit that might be reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The case centers on Laura Schubert Pearson, a Dallas/Ft. Worth-area girl who is suing members of the Pleasant Glade Assembly of God, who performed an exorcism on Pearson in 1996, when she was 17. Pearson said the freakiness ultimately caused her to attempt suicide twice. The Texas Supreme Court ruled in June that the church folk are protected by First Amendment rights. Pearson's attorney says that religious beliefs don't trump things like "assault" and "false imprisonment."
As far as anyone can tell, this would be the first exorcism case reviewed by the Supremes. If only someone had taken the time to document Pearson's two-night Satan-slappin', like in the case of Anneliese Michel, a young Catholic woman who died in Germany in 1976, after her parents called in some priests to exorcise her demons. Thankfully, Michel's parents and the priest had the foresight to get the horrible suffering on tape! This case made it to court in Germany - and ultimately Michel's parents and the priests were found guilty of manslaughter. There's one more thing they're guilty of: providing the world with one of the most terrifying audio recordings imaginable. Why not give the devil his due and take this one out for a spin?
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-- Craig Malisow