So, under the Marietta Times headline: Two Arrested Over Drugs, Exorcism, we read:
Two Belpre men are accused of repeatedly drugging a relative and performing a so-called exorcism on her, as well as animal cruelty.
Forget for a moment the problem of how did they perform animal cruelty on the relative, the use of the modifier so-called for exorcism implies that there is some ritual more legitimate than that chosen by Bobby and Tommy that isn’t a so-called exorcism.
Whatever craziness these two wastes of human genome might have concocted, their actions are no more crazy than anyone believing that they can exorcise non-existent demons (and by that I do not mean that the person targeted by the barbaric practice was not possessed by a demon, but rather that demons, along with the tooth Fairy, Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny, do not exist) is willfully ignorant and a danger to society. Full stop.
Any exorcism, performed by any individual, sanctioned by their personal delusional organization or not, is barbarism fostered by superstition and ignorance.
(I wonder if ending this particular bit of stupid appears on Pope Francis’s to-do list?