BATON ROUGE – Speculation that Gov. Bobby Jindal is on Republican Mitt Romney’s short list of potential vice presidential candidates is drawing new scrutiny to his decades-old writing about an exorcist-type act he claims to have watched as a college student.
Political analysts say Romney, who rarely mentions his own Mormon faith in public, might be hesitant to pick Jindal as a running mate because of worries the Louisiana governor’s detailed description of the spiritual experience could drum up uncomfortable religious conversation.
Jindal wrote about the “physical dimensions of spiritual warfare” in a 1994 article for New Oxford Review, a Roman Catholic magazine, in which he describes watching a prayer group intervention with a friend when he attended Brown University.
“Kneeling on the ground, my friends were chanting, “Satan, I command you to leave this woman.” Others exhorted all “demons to leave in the name of Christ,”” Jindal wrote.
He described a student “brandishing a crucifix” and his friend responding to biblical passages with “curses and profanities” in an event that ended with his friend feeling “purified.” He doesn’t use the word exorcism to describe the event in the university classroom, and he talks of his confusion about what he witnessed. He ends the writing by describing his belief in “the reality of spirits, angels and other related phenomena that I can neither touch nor see.”…
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