Casting Out Demons by Chris Hedges

Missal of Eberhard von Greiffenklau, Harrowing of Hell, Walters Manuscript W.174, fol. 95r

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by Chris Hedges
Writer, Dandelion Salad
July 22, 2013

Noel Lyons, a member of the U.S. Ski Team from 1976 to 1981 and once one of the country’s top professional skiers, found herself in a Vail, Colo., hospital in the spring of 2010 after another round of binge drinking. “I had given up on myself,” she would say later. Her boyfriend and sister decided she needed rehabilitative help. Because their resources were limited, they turned to the free Total Freedom Program, a Florida ministry for women and men that identifies itself as Christian.

Cate Iannello, the wife of the leader of Total Freedom Program, “Pastor Guy,” met Lyons in July 2010 at the Orlando airport and drove her to what she called “the girls’ house,” a yellow ranch house in a nondescript neighborhood of nearby Ocoee. Lyons says she arrived “scared out of my mind” and holding a decorative pillow with the image of a buffalo on it. Because the pillow had “past associations” that could evoke demons, she was soon told to put it in the trash.


via Truthdig


Chris Hedges spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His latest books are Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, Death of the Liberal Class, and The World as It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress.

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7 thoughts on “Casting Out Demons by Chris Hedges

  1. Poeple forget that the ultimate cult is the cult of self . Hedges writes fantastic about the abuses of religlion , and atheism , and governments , but he somehow forgets to write about the cult of selfishness that is at the root of all of this .

    • Oh, I don’t agree Rocket, I think the “cult of selfishness” is dealt with in the subtext of almost everything that Hedges speaks and writes about.


      • H — i did see Hedges and Hitchens debate , and Hedges nailed him by stating that the human heart is the problem . so i know where he is coming from . i just would like to see more of it in print thats all. i do agree about the subtext factor though .

  2. A very interesting, horrifying and yet common story Hedges tells.

    More common than most will imagine. There are cults of every hue in the woowoo stew. But the largest and most dangerous is the cult of the State, the most dangerous and deadly religion there is.


  3. Paranoid christist hoodoo and sickly,sickening absolutist corporate allegiance to unreason, pervades this “most civilized country on Earth…” America is in the grip of insanity. Civilized? I don’t think so.

    Talking about speaking in tongues ~ Washington never stops wagging its forked obscenity, preaching gibberish to the unenlightened.

    • Not only limited to the unenlightened but also preaching to those who know better than the State, such as Bradley Manning, Assange, and many others who have a enlightened state of mind as compared with the American and British Establishment, requiring some individuals realignment and a punitive correctional process, a bonus of incarceration for life of those who inform the public with knowledge of deviant government practices.

      • You definitely tick that box, Thanks donwreford.

        I’ve been reflecting on discussions of ray Monk’s biography of Robt Oppenheimer and the cold-war “dialectic of enlightenment.”

        It is an eye-opening contextual narrative, very interesting history.

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