by Greg Mitchell
With a 1994 article by McCain V.P. candidate gaining fresh attention, the Texas Supreme Court on Friday overturned a judgment against the Pleasant Glade on Friday in a civil case surrounding exorcism. The justices ruled 6-3 decision that the jury's decision infringed on First Amendment rights.
A county jury had awarded Laura Schubert $300,000 in damages for injuries, both physical and psychological, during a 1996 exorcism performed by the church when she was 17. Schubert said she had been, essentially, kidnapped and suffered injures and psychological trauma, leading to and a suicide attempt.
Justice David Medina wrote in the new opinion that awarding a judgment against the church would "would have an unconstitutional '' by compelling the church to abandon core principles of its religious beliefs."
In 1994, Louisiana Gov. Jindal wrote an essay for the demonic possession.in which he described performing an exorcism on a friend named "Susan." Susan had been diagnosed with and complained of smelling sulfur in her room, which Jindal "interpreted " as a sign of
Jindal invited Susan to a prayer meeting, where Susan had a seizure. The details of what followed have been posted here previously, but suffice to say, that after the exorcism lasted "a few hours," Susan tried to leave but was restrained by the group (a kind of kidnapping, perhaps). Jindal claims Susan was tested not long after and was completely free of.
So does the new ruling help Jindal? He never talks about the 1994 article but, reputedly, Susan remains a friend and the ruling may actually help him. On the other hand, any attention or debate over exorcism just draws more attention to the Jindal article and his early views. The case will likely be appealed to a higher court."The , in a in the case, stated that the "sweeping immunity" is inconsistent with and extends far beyond the Constitution's protections for religious conduct.First Amendment guards religious liberty; it does not sanction intentional abuse in religion's name," Jefferson wrote.
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