Three girls from Arizona, Brynne Larson and her friends Tess and Savannah Sherkenback, with help from Brynne’s father “Reverend Bob,” a wannabe televangelist, are on a mission to “cast out the demons” which possess about half of the people in the world because said demons are the cause of all of the worlds ills as they see it. Brynne and Tess are 18 and Savannah is 21. They were home schooled and are under the complete control of “Reverend Bob.”
“Reverend Bob” claims that nearly everything is the result of demonic possession, drug addiction, venereal disease, homosexuality…you name it. He says that it is the direct result of demonic possession and that he and the girls are uniquely qualified to cast these demons out and save those who are “possessed.” He has also been accused of being a bit of a charlatan, preying on the weak, disadvantaged, and gullible. He claims he is a tool in the hands of God. If that is so, God has been very good to him since he appears to be pulling in a personal income of six figures a year from his “humanitarian” work.
He recently took the girls to Ukraine to exorcise the demons among addicts in poor mining towns in the former Soviet Republic. They were invited there by what would appear to be “Reverend Bob’s” Ukrainian counterpart, another evangelical style preacher who claims that medical and psychiatric treatment for addiction and mental illness is and always has been ineffective and that the only way to “cure” these people is through exorcism. Like “Reverend Bob” he seems to be making a very good living “helping” these unfortunates. His church, in fact is a very powerful entity in that part of Ukraine, shades of an emerging religiously ruled “Utopia.”
Bob and the girls have now descended on London to rid England of a pervasive infection of the occult due mainly to that evil J.K. Rowling who, unbeknownst to her fans, used actual witchcraft spells in her Harry Potter Books which are causing possession in kids who innocently recite the spells — not knowing that they are inviting a demon into their souls. Never fear though, now that Bob, Brynne, Tess and Svannah are there, armed with their Bibles, holy water, and crucifixes, those demons don’t stand a chance.
Of course, this being a humanitarian effort, “Reverend Bob” charges nothing to attend the “medicine show;” snake oil salesmen never do, after all. If, however, he can convince you that you are indeed possessed he and the girls will gladly remove the offending demon for the minimal price of 200 pounds.
Watching them in action, one is reminded of another of our more successful religious charlatans, Earnest Angley who, while he cannot put hair on his own bald head and refuses to buy a hairpiece that doesn’t look like an alley cat curled up and died on his head, claims to cure the crippled, deaf, and dying, each Sunday on his television show. Many are simply deluded souls who want to get out from under their addiction or whatever else may be troubling them others come off as shills who are also very bad actors. There is much shouting, screaming and what most would call physical assault,s but nothing to indicate that anything of substance is actually occurring.
We have so much to share with the world that is good, so why is it that it always seems to be the worst of us and the least attractive side of our culture that gets presented to the rest of the world? The truth is “Reverend Bob” and these girls who he has pulled into his cult are one of the least flattering images of this country that could ever be presented on the world stage and they are the ones that people are seeing. It is hard to hold their delusions against the girls, they have most likely been brainwashed from infancy but it is still nothing for us to be proud of.
Watch this lunacy for yourself: