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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - November 30, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                The (Vdar Itaplds Gazette: Sal., Nov. 30, 1071 Casting Out Demons Idea No Longer Strange By Kdmond K. Gravely, jr. W7J New York Times News Service NEWTON, Mass. One man supported her head and shoulders, and two or three ministers knelt around her in the front of the sanctuary of the Newton Presbyterian church. The woman, sitting between the pulpit and the pews on the carpeted floor, pled for help. "Please get me right. Please just get me right. 1 don't care what you she said to the ministers. She had fallen to the floor asking for prayer for her crippled leg. They talked with her quietly for a minute or so, and then asked her to repeat a statement of faith, which she followed in a soft voice until she came to the last word, which she seemed unable to repeal. Instead, she moaned. "That's one of the ministers said. "Come out shame, in the name of Jesus. the commands persisted and the woman gagged, although no one was touching her mouth or throat. Strange Voice Suddenly, her whole body thrashed violently and a strange, high-pitched voice came out of her mouth, "I'll liumilate her. I'll humiliate her. I'll make her fall in front of her friends." "No you a minister replied. "Come out of her, Satan, in the name of Jesus. Loose her and come out of her." Another quick cough and it was over. A smile eased across her face, and she prayed, "Thank you, Lord, I'm not ashamed. I'm free." She laughed, as did those around her. with relief. A scene from the movie "The Exorcist" it was not, but an exorcism it most certainly was. For hundreds of thousands of people housewives, en- gineers, ministers, businessmen, doctors the idea of cast- ing demons out of people is no longer strange, though it is relatively new to them. They have seen exorcisms performed and some say they have personally experienced the sudden departure of alien spirits residing in them. The extensive growth of this phenomenon, which can be seen in nearly every major city in the nation, has been highly controversial both among church leaders and the medical profession. Some religious leaders doubt that there are such things as demons and if they do exist, doubt that exorcism is the way to deal with them. Dr. Karl A. Menninger of the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kan., called exorcism an "interesting fantasy" not something to be taken seriously. Nevertheless, an increasing number of people are taking it seriously, and books on the subject abound. Unlike the movie, the books describe encounters with un- seen, evil forces said to lie lodged inside human beings but discoverable when certain exacting procedures are followed. In some churches, these procedures have become an accepted even expected part of the minister's function. Such a church is the Hegewisch Baptist church in Chicago. Win Worley, the tall, stout minister of the church, said that after nearly every church service there are four each week people come to the front of the church asking that he expel the silent intruders that they say have invaded their lives. When the prayer of exorcism is made, Worley said, it is not unusual for an evil spirit to speak and to answer ques- tions through the vocal apparatus of the person it inhabits, but, he says, always wilh-a voice and personality completely unlike that of the person. Recorded in Mark Christian exorVisls take their authority from the words of Christ recorded in Mark "And these signs shall follow them that believe; in My name shall they cast out devils." They emphasize that exor- cism is not something to be played with and that it can be extremely, dangerous for a person to attempt it who is not equipped to do so. Their power; they say, comes by faith in the authority given by Christ. As the exorcisms are performed according to many ac- counts, the spirits frequently manifest their belligerence With displays of extraordinary physical strength, which they Im- part, to the person they are in. For that reason it is not un- usiiiil to read of several people holding a person being deliv- ered from demons. The widespread revival of exorcism among Christians appears to be a direct counter to the occult movement an evangelical response to what is perceived as an alarming spread of satanism which has touched every city and major university in the nation. At the same lime! it lias be- come' an integral part of a renewed interest among many Christians of all denominations in the supernatural aspects of Christianity. Kcnewcd Interest Much of this renewed interest is centered in what is known as the "charismatic which comprises several million Protestants and at least Catholics in this country and abroad. The movement emphasizes that a believer can have a personal relationship with God and that lie can be "baptized in the Holy just as (he disciples of Jesus "were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other as Acts relates. The movement places importance on the or such supernatural gifts as healing miracles, unknown tongues and their interpretation and identifying spirits, which is the gift relied on by those who cast out evil spirits. Maxwell Whyte, a minister of the United Apostolic Faith church in Scarborough, Ontario, is generally regarded as the lather of the "deliverance" ministry in North America He says he discovered exorcism almost by accident 28 years ago when he was praying for a man afflicted with asthma from birth. After getting no results, he remembered a woman who had told him of seeing an old Scottish preacher cast out demons. "I prayed about it and I did it and it worked. II was very spectacular. The evil spirits coughed out of him Whvte said. The process took more than an hour and 20 minutes and when ii was over there was a pile of handkerchiefs full of .spit. But the man breathed deeply-and freely for the first time. "Every time I've seen him since, he's been perfectly Whyte said. Whyte, a tall, heavy-set man of liti, said that I ho deliver- ance ministry "is growing and consolidating, it's bringing help to thousands of people." Well-Known Teacher One of the best-known teachers about deliverance is Derek Prince, formerly a professor in ancient and modern philosophy at Cambridge university in England, and now an internationally known leader of the charismatic movement. He asserts that demons are just as real today as they were in the time of Christ and that they act the same way as they did then. Most exorcists believe that demons are fallen angels and arc directly under the command of Satan. They are said to be able to enter a person only under certain conditions, such as severe emotional stress or fear, according to most exorcists. Exorcism, by its nature, does not come quietly to a church. Seldom do all the church members accept the prac- lice of deliverance and sometimes the church splits. But in many cases, exorcism leads to increases in church attend- ance and financial support. At the Westside Baptist church in Leesburg. .Fla., where exorcism began taking place in 19B8, Dick Colenum, the pas- tor, said that attendance jumped from about 90 to as many as 500 people a week in two years. But exorcism still has many doubters, to whom the ques- tion is not so much whether exorcism is the way to handle demons but whether there are such things as demons to ex- orcise in the first place. An official church document of the United Presbyterian Church of the U. S. A. slates: "To attribute angry and hoslile feelings to the devil is to be freed from having to face the truth within one's self about where those feelings come from and what one must do to overcome them. UPI TeleDHolo Reopen Dome Visitors to the recently reopened Kansas Capitol building dome in To- peka are silhouetted against the windows as they walk above the inner glass dome. The dome area has been closed to visitors since August, 1 969, for reasons of "safety and sanitation." The glass dome is about 175 feet above the floor and the main outer dome is about 1 00 feet higher. Forced To Make Political Gifts, Fired Telephone Executive Says DALLAS (AP) A former executive of Southwestern Bell has charged that the firm required its top officials to conlribulc or more each month from their salaries to selected politicians. The charges were made by James Ashley. former commercial manager for Southwestern Bell in San Antonid and now a co-plaintiff in a million libel and defa- mation suit against the utility company. The other plaintiff is the family of T. 0. Gravilt, a for- mer Southwestern Bell man- ager for Texas who committed suicide last month and report- edly left notes accusing the company of using deceitful practices and making illegal political con- tributions. "Wild, Ridiculous" Ashley said in an interview thai the executives were told thai money was included in their salaries for political conliibulions. But C. L. Tndd, vice-pres- ident and general manager of Southwestern Bell, called charges by Ashley and other accusations made against the company in the suit "wild and ridiculous." "We have apparently been accused, tried, and judged in the minds (if some people without benefit nf a Todd said, referring also lo recent charges that Southwest- ern Bell security men helped law enforcement agencies set up illegal wiretaps. Ashley said thai "up until Hlliti, we gave 850 a month in cash." lie added that after that a "political contact man" for Bell would send out notices to executives Idling them where to send the contribu- tions. The money then was paid by personal check, he said. "No Choice" "We had no choice." Ashley said. "We were required to make those 'voluntary' con- tributions." Ashley was fired by South- western Bell during an in- ternal probe which the compa- ny said touched on Gravitt's area of responsibility. Ashley claims in the suit he was fired and Gravitl into sui- cide" because the two resisted "corporate rapacities." Todd said that the charges made against the company "will be answered thoroughly and completely in court." Referring lo Ashley, he said some of the charges he has made "are the very reasons for which he was dismissed." a Year Ashley said the contribu- tions amounted lo a year. He added thai he knows that this same system of polit- ical contributions was used among Bell executives outside of Texas. Ashley said that in llllili Bell executives were given raises with the understanding that all or part of this money was to be used for the political contributions. By Denis Gray STUTTGART, Germany (AP) H's a long way in time and place from Stuttgart, Dec. 1, 1974, to the epic World war II tank in North Africa, but there is a connection: the name of Rommel. Field Marshal Erwln Rommel, "The Desert carved a name for himself as commander of Hitler's Af- rica Corps which fought massive armor bailies with allied forces. Later, Rommel was forced to commit suicide after lie turned against Hitler. The general left behind one son, Manfred, now -Hi, who did not follow his father's foot- steps nor, he says, did he be- come what the elder Rommel had wanted him to be a malhcmalician or a sports star. Chose Polities The son chose politics and on Dec. 1 he will be in the run-off election for mayor of this key south German in- dustrial center. If he wins, some political commentators have claimed it will be be- cause of the legend still cling- ing tojhe Rommel name. The younger Rommel disputes this. "When the son runs a campaign, you don't elect his he said in an inter- view. "In 20 years I've worked my way up from a poor stu- dent to a stale secretary and therefore believe I'm someone in my own right." But as much as the younger Rommel wishes to downplay his background it is inevitable that some consider the field marshal his son's most effec- tive campaign worker. It was also perhaps no coin- cidence that recently a local movie house replaced its usual niidie fare with a screening of "The Desert the old film about the German gener- al. The son speaks of his father with great respect. And observers say he shares some of his qualities nota- bly a stress on careful plan- ning, an easy manner with the Pierpont Wrote 'Jingle Bells' NEW YORK (UPI) The popular "Jingle by Bostonian composer James Pierpont, was originally written for local Sunday- school entertainment in 1857. Although it was copyrighted as "One Horse Open the song was soon repiiblished under the title we use todav. DALE'S FRESH FRUIT BASKETS THEY'RE THE SWEETEST GIFTS! Heaping 14 '3.50 Peck.....TWO n-HotpMof. DAiniRRUITMgRKET average citizen and a sense of fair play. The younger Rommel's low- keyed, folksy approach served him well with the local citi- zens during the campaign. Likening his own style lo his father's, the younger Rommel said the mars'hal had "a close relationship lo simp people. He had more frient among the soldiers llu among the senior officers." Unlike recent name-callin bailies between the ruling Si cial Democrats (SPD) and II: conservative Christian Demi crat (CDU) opposition, Hi Stuttgart campaign has been fight with kid gloves. "I don't buy the idea i slandering one's politic said the youngc Rommel, who is running o the CDU ticket. In fact, he has followed tin behavior so closely thai on newsman asked him sarcasli cally whether he was alsi going to vole for his opponent The younger Rommel wai 15 years old when his falliei was forced to commit suicicli by taking poison Oct. 14, 1044 after being linked to an abor live attempt lo assassinate Hitler. Last Moments Manfred Rommel recall! his father's last moments: "Already weeks before Hit 14th of October the Gestapo stood outside our house nighi and day on the 1-llh, gen erals Burgdorf and Maisc! from the army's personnel off- ice visited us. In a friendl.v manner they asked lo speak lo my father privately. "After about an hour my father came and said he had ten minutes left lo say goodbye lo my mother and myself after my father had 'received assurances that nothing would happen to his family and members of his staff, they discussed funeral arrangements and took him away in a car. "Twenty five minutes later the telephone rang and they told us he had suffered a brain stroke and was dead." After the war, the younger Rommel studied law and en- tered Hie stale civil service in Badcn-Wuertlemberg, gaining a solid reputation as an able administrator and financial expert. He has risen to the off- ice of under-secrelary in the stale's finance ministry. When former Mayor Arnulf Klell died last Aug. 14, can- didates for the job in an elec- tion Nov. 10, Rommel emerged as the lop vote-getter with 44.2 percent, but Ihis was not enough to win the absolute majority needed. His SPD op- ponent Peter Conradi was second in the field with 31.2 percent of the vote. Only a simple majority will be needed in the Dec. 1 con- test. Phone for FA f V 1 APPLIANCE SIRV8CI 8 lo tpjcrLraJr Open Saturday 620 phone 2nd Ave. SE 364-0213   

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