Exorcists are getting younger all the time

Exorcism, one would think, is a task for strong adult. Not so. You can exploit an 8 yr old to do it. It’s more impressive that way.

Meet Alani Santos the Eight-Year-Old Exorcist ‘Saving Brazilian Slums’

In the slums of San Gonzalo, people flock to a small church where Alani Santos claims to exorcise demons and cure the sick.

“When the little missionary touches you, something will happen. You will be cured,” says her pastor father.

Exorcism in the poorer parts of Brazil has always formed part of Christian life, but Pentecostalism is on the rise with more churches promising a direct experience of the presence of God. In some ways, Alani is becoming the face of God to those seeking her help.

Members of her congregation claim that she helped cure a man of HIV after seven years. In the video we also see her touch the forehead of a man who then collapses to the ground crying.

Photo credit: Ben Skipper

Photo credit: Ben Skipper

Alani Santos has Youtube channel. In the video below she supposedly cures an old woman with a bad leg.

There is never any evidence that these faith healers or exorcists cure anyone who is sick. We don’t know their official diagnoses. It’s often quite clear, as in this case, that circumstances are right for this girl to get lots of positive attention.

We thought the Bob Larson’s teenage exorcists were young. This takes the prize. Color my cynical but I don’t think it’s healthy to grow up believing you can cast the devil out of people. Just my opinion. She’ll be a diva by the time she’s 14. And delusional.

  6 comments for “Exorcists are getting younger all the time

  1. Perry Bulwer
    April 3, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Child evangelism has double meaning – indoctrinating children and using them to indoctrinate. Exploiting children and using them as front line foot ‘soldiers’, whether they are proselytizing (which is one purpose of exorcism) or fund-raising, is a common tactic of evangelists of all stripes. It is child abuse and violates both childrens’ rights as children, and their future rights as adults.

  2. Sindigo
    April 4, 2014 at 7:38 AM

    Nicely put. I’m quoting that last sentence at every opportunity. I’m not promising you’ll get credit. 😉

  3. Chris Howard
    April 4, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    It’s the famous Jesuit line “Give me the child, and I’ll give you the man.”

    This sort of thing reminds me of the banality of evil.

    Tradition really does have an insidious way of making us believe that a detrimental act, or ideology, is benign, or even a good thing, simply because it’s existed for a long time.

    We see, or experience, something for long enough that we no longer question it. And it’s not just child preachers, has anyone actually read the Bible? It’s chock full of disgustingly vile passages, that no one questions. The craziest part is that The Bible and The Good Book, are synonymous!

    If there is a God the greatest trick It ever played was convincing humanity that it was good.

    As to the child exorcist, just watch Jesus Camp. You’ll be appalled.

  4. Brian
    April 4, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Nice way to deflect the fact these people live in slums, and instead of getting the expected help like food banks, or other tangible services, they pull *this*.

    Another reason for me to absolutely hate Christianity. The greatest scam ever pulled.

  5. Perry Bulwer
    April 4, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    No credit needed. Those are not my original ideas.

    If you’re interested I wrote a short blog article a few years ago as part of a childrens’ rights campaign in which I discuss a bit more the concepts of “evolving capacities of the child” and a child’s right to an open future. see:

    “Respecting a Child’s Point of View”


  6. Sindigo
    April 8, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    Nice article. Here is a link that sums up my experience and should be titled “Child is forced to be an atheist” 🙂


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