A controversial YouTube video is causing a stir over its graphic depiction of an exorcism featuring a teenager. In the video, a 16-year-old boy is seen tossing and writhing on the floor of a church as deacons attempt to drive a demon of homosexuality from his body.
"Rip it from his throat!" a woman yells at one point. "Come on, you homosexual
demon! You homosexual spirit, we call you out right now! Loose your
At one point, a passionate minister screams "We bind you in the name of Jesus" as he holds the boy down by his neck.
Gay advocates have demanded that the church be investigated, but church leaders have denied any charges of abuse or misconduct.
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"We believe a man should be with a woman and a woman should be with a
man," the Rev. Patricia McKinney told The Associated Press. "We have
nothing against homosexuals. I just don't agree with their lifestyle."
Kamora Herrington, who runs a mentoring program for gay youth, said she believes that this practice is fairly common. "This happens all the time," she told the AP. "This is not isolated."
Is this treatment abusive? See the video and decide for yourself.