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Jindal's writing on exorcism gets new attention

2 years ago August 03, 2012 Aug 3, 2012 Friday, August 03 2012 Friday, August 03, 2012 3:59:28 PM EDT in Top Story
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - The presumption that Gov. Bobby Jindal is on the short list as a possible Republican vice presidential contender is drawing new scrutiny to his decades-old writing about an exorcism he claims to have watched as a college student.

Political watchers question whether Mitt Romney, who rarely mentions his own Mormon faith in public, would be hesitant to pick Jindal as a running mate because of worries Jindal's article could drum up uncomfortable religious conversation.

Jindal wrote about the "spiritual warfare" in a 1994 article for a Roman Catholic magazine. He describes watching a prayer group intervention with a friend when he attended Brown University, in which people commanded Satan to leave the body of his friend.

The lengthy article has gotten little attention in the governor's political campaigns in Louisiana.

Click here for an excerpt of the essay on the New Oxford Review's website.

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