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:: August 21, 2002 ::
"Exorcism" is likely new feature at British cinema

The Universal Church Kingdom of God, based in Brazil and led by multimillionaire Edir Macedo, "bought an old movie house in Great Britain, according to the Walthamstow Guardian. Macedo was once arrested for fraud and has been accused of laundering money for drug cartels. He claims that millions attend his churches, but the church has been called a "crime organization." Macedo often buys old cinemas, which is a cheap way of creating large halls to convene his faithful. He also owns a former movie house in downtown Los Angeles.

The church typically targets Spanish speaking communities and has caused controversy wherever it goes. In Brazil one of its leaders desecrated a statue of a Brazilian saint on television, which started street riots. Former members and leaders say the church expects "excessive tithing" and essentially is focused upon fleecing its flock.

A standard service at the Universal Church Kingdom of God often includes emotional exorcisms. This can be quite a show, that frequently includes screaming and general hysteria. Typically a church member is told that some personal problem is really "satanic" in origin and they are brought before the congregation to be "delivered" from its control. A kind of religious theater then begins, culminating in a "casting out" of the dreaded demons.

It seems that the old cinema in Britain recently bought by the Macedo church now has a new feature showing, with regular performances every Sunday.

[Posted by Rick Ross at 08:05 AM][Link]

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