National left of center websites and our locally Illusory one seem to think that its funny and perhaps even politically significant that Lousiana Governor Bobby Jindal participated in an impromptu exorcism as a college student. (NB: This is something the Roman Catholic Church says that you should not do.)
I have never been anywhere near an exorcism and doubt that I ever will be. But I have encountered - and those close to me have encountered - events and perceptions that are not readily explained. So I don't discount or laugh at the others' experience of evil or the notion that it can be overcome by faith or prayer.
But let's just concede that this dormitory exorcism was an excess of youth. We have a young man who turned to prayer in an attempt to help a friend. This is supposed to be disqualifying while a young law student immersing himself in radical chic and a young college graduate losing himself in cocaine are entitled to dismiss these youthful indiscretions.
Kathryn Jean Lopez reports the conclusion that Jindal drew from his experience, expressed in a descriptive piece in the New Oxford Review:
“I learned a lasting lesson in humility and the limits of human understanding. Was the purpose of that night served when so many individuals were inducted into the Church? Did I witness spiritual warfare? I do not have the answers, but I do believe in the reality of spirits, angels, and other related phenomena that I can neither touch nor see.”
Well that certainly should disqualify him for higher office.