Exorcism and Homosexuality[The original document at http://freeassemblage.blogspot.com/2009/06/exorcism-and-homosexuality.html contains live links to referenced material and sites.NEW YORK - Truth Wins Out [TWO] condemned Manifested Glory Ministries inBridgeport, Conn., for practicing child abuse in the name of religion, after avideo surfaced where the church tried to exorcize demons from a gayteenager....Patricia McKinney, pastor of the nondenominational church whodescribes herself as a prophet, told CNN that she believes homosexuality, likecrack addiction can be influenced by demons. "It's not just the homosexualityspirit. It could be the alcohol spirit, the crack cocaine spirit, the adulteryspirit. Everything carries a spirit," McKinney told CNN.http://www.truthwinsout.org/pressreleases/church%E2%80%99s-exorcism-of-gay-teenager-is-child-abuse-and-fanaticism-disguised-as-faith/"Everything carries a spirit." We would expect Christianity to employsupernaturalism; it wouldn't be Christianity if it didn't.But, "Things of this sort [spirits] are the Platonic Forms, abstract entities thatexist independently of the sensible world," says Britannica. (Platonism wasinextricably welded to Christianity, most notably by St. Augustine, as well as bymany others.)This means that that which are objectively considered abstractions by the the bulkof western civilization are considered to be real objects, or "reifications" ofthe abstractions, in the tradition of Platonic metaphysics.This means that the "spirits" are considered to be universals inherent in things.About universals: "The metaphysical issue is whether or not these features existindependently of the particular things that have them: [Platonic] realists holdthat they do..." BritannicaUniversals in the Platonic thinking are "special existents unrelated to man’sconsciousness—[not] to be perceived by man directly, like any other kind ofconcrete existents [tables; apples; children], but perceived by some non-sensoryor extra-sensory means," wrote Ayn Rand."Unfortunately, this terrifying incident is not unique" continues TWO. "It is astandard part of groups such as Exodus International, which promise to help people"pray away the gay." "When talking to the public or media, such organizations tryto appear mainstream and uncontroversial," said Wayne Besen, TWO's director. "But,when they get behind closed doors, they engage in practices that are barbaric andbackwards. While demons do not cause homosexuality, the efforts of churches to'cure' gay people can accurately be describes as quite evil."The attempt to view such intangible universals as non-material entities in asupernatural world, to be perceived only by supernatural means, provides an evilview of existence, where the burning of witches by the Catholic and Protestantchurches comes to mind. But even in modern Catholicism, "[exorcism is] but rarelyused, and never without the express permission of the bishop," says the New AdventCatholic Encyclopedia.Why is it rarely used? Because "there is room for no end of deception andhallucination when it is question of dealing with the unseen powers." New AdventWhen humans attempt to perceive "deception" and avoid "hallucination" whiledealing with supposed supernatural inhabitation of humans, there is not only roomfor error, but the error is inherent in the nature of the beastly act itself.