Horrified witnesses say that three people performed an exorcism in a public park in Texas.
The Daily Mail reports:
In what could have been a scene from a horror movie – but turned out to be real – at least two people were witnessed performing the bizarre ritual while holding a woman to the ground in the park in Odessa, Texas.
Sherri Jackson says she typically begins her day by reading the Bible and praying at Memorial Gardens Park.
‘No Bible was read, no prayer, because it got a little too crazy,’ Jackson said according to KMOV.
NBC KCBD repots:
“They start getting louder and louder,” witness Sherri Jackson said. “She was on the ground and they were standing over her with hands on her and screaming ‘Satan, I demand that you depart,’ and it went on and on. It was very bizarre.”
Jackson says she normally starts her day at the park, called Memorial Gardens, with a perusal of the Bible and a quick prayer, but this day was just a little different.
“No Bible was read, no prayer, because it got a little too crazy,” she said.
Eyewitnesses who were at the park during the incident say the three were originally sitting on a bench, but they eventually moved to the ground in front of a pond.
“Jesus can heal anybody but it’s just not something you expect to see at the duck pond, but I’m glad to know everybody’s OK,” Jackson said.
Clergyman Father Dave Hoxly expressed his concern for the person receiving the exorcism.
“The person who they’re exorcising and that that person is getting the care they need,” he said.
He says exorcism is the removal of an evil spirit through the use of prayer and originates from the gospel of Jesus.
“Overriding thought in that is I hope the people doing it had some level of training,” Hoxly said.
Police say they were called to the scene but since it is not illegal to perform an exorcism in a public place, they did not take action.
They also say no one was injured.
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