"Especially important is the warning to avoid conversations with the demon. We may ask what is relevant but anything beyond that is dangerous. He is a liar. The demon is a liar. He will lie to confuse us. But he will also mix lies with the truth to attack us. The attack is psychological, Damien, and powerful. So don't listen to him. Remember that - do not listen. " - Father Merrin, The Exorcist (1973)
I just happened to think of that when I read this:
Mayan priests will purify a sacred archaeological site to eliminate "bad spirits" after President Bush visits next week, an official with close ties to the group said Thursday.
"That a person like (Bush), with the persecution of our migrant brothers in the United States, with the wars he has provoked, is going to walk in our sacred lands, is an offense for the Mayan people and their culture," Juan Tiney, the director of a Mayan nongovernmental organization with close ties to Mayan religious and political leaders, said Thursday.
Our first 42 presidents, including the reviled adulturers among them (You know, like Ronald Reagan) have all managed to travel abroad without priests of ancient cultures feeling the need to exorcise the ground once they're gone.
Not this president.
He's being as well received abroad as he is when he appears in front of any audience that's not pre-screened at home.
Can we invite those priests back for Inauguration Day in January 2009? Not saying I believe the evil spirits thing, but hey--- Better safe than sorry, right?