Unseen danger in used clothing: Demon-infestation

I threw this story into Leftover Links a few days ago since it made me laugh but now it’s in Salon and getting wider guffaws. Pat Robertson never fails to say something utterly ridiculous. I’m beginning to think he might be a poe

Pat Robertson: There could be demons attached to your thrift store finds – Salon.com.

A concerned viewer wrote to Pat Robertson for advice on demons and thrift stores:

“I buy a lot of clothes and other items at Goodwill and other secondhand shops. Recently my mom told me that I need to pray over the items, bind familiar spirits, and bless the items before I bring them into the house. Is my mother correct? Can demons attach themselves to material items?”

Robertson’s answer?

”Can demonic spirits attach themselves to inanimate objects? The answer is yes. But I don’t think every sweater you get from Goodwill has demons in it. In a sense your mother is just being super cautious, so hey — it isn’t gonna hurt you any to rebuke any spirits that might attach themselves to those clothes.”


For those of you skeptical of haunted sweaters, you should check out Bruce Hood’s book Supersense. Or check out this interview with him on the book.

  6 comments for “Unseen danger in used clothing: Demon-infestation

  1. March 1, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    I really wouldn’t know how to respond to someone if they asked me that question seriously. I’ve seen people pray for everything from sports games to child beauty pageants, but demon possessed clothing?!

    Someone could make a killing selling holy water outside of the GoodWill to religious buyers who want to splash a little liquid placebo on a tie or sports coat.

  2. Chris Howard
    March 1, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Holiday themed sweaters are DEFINITELY possessed by demons… of bad taste.

  3. Nos482
    March 2, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    head -> desk -> repeat.
    What age are we living in?

  4. March 2, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    It’s Pat Robertson. He’s in the dark ages.

  5. One Eyed Jack
    March 2, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    “It’s Pat Robertson. He’s in the dark.”


  6. RDW
    March 2, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Al Franken did a great imitation of him on Saturday Night Live quite a while back, with the late Phil Hartman playing Jimmy Swaggart, as guests on Church Lady, played by Dana Carvey. As I recall, I laughed so hard tears streamed down my face and I thought I would choke.

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