Bob Larson: World Class Fraud

Anderson Cooper did a show with Bob Larson and his three young exorcists and a couple of ministers who believe, correctly, that Larson is a complete and utter fraud. The whole thing is worth watching and I’ll post the video below. My favorite part is the “demon test” you can take online to tell if you have a demon. It costs $9.95.

22 comments on this post.
  1. mikeyb:

    Bob Larson – that guy is still around. I remember hearing him in the 80′s. Like Benny Hinn he’s cornered another niche of the Christian fraud circuit successfully for a long time.

  2. tbp1:

    Of course he’s a fraud but why does anyone bother with him anymore? When more ministers take on the big money guys I’ll give them a bit of respect, maybe.

  3. raven:

    It would be far easier to list the Oogedy Boogedy televangelists who aren’t frauds.

    AFAICT, they are all conpeople of one sort or another. It would be a short list.

    They always claim to be in it to save your soul. But that always seems to require huge amounts of money flowing from the laity to them. And many of them are very wealthy.

    The fundie religion is mostly a cover for the human drives for money and power.

  4. Taz:

    But those official Catholic Church exorcists – those guys are totally legit!

  5. reasonbe:

    Sorry to be off topic, but FTB has a *very* slow response time on my computer the past 3-4 days, but none of my other oft visited sites. Anybody else experiencing this?

  6. Loqi:

    I bet I can guess what the logic tree for that demon test looks like. I’ll give you 100:1 that every possible path leads to “you have demons, and you need to send me more money to get rid of them.”

  7. raven:

    My favorite part is the “demon test” you can take online to tell if you have a demon. It costs $9.95.

    And everyone passes it. Getting rid of those demons can cost hundreds of dollars.

    Save your money. I’m as good an exorcist as all of them put together. A terror to all imaginary beings. (Needless to say, terrorizing imaginary beings isn’t all that hard.)

    After you spend $9.95 to find out you are demon ridden, my new online procedure will drive them out for the low price of only $8.00. Eight dollars because 8 is the number of jesus.

    The era of DIY exorcisms is here now. For that price, you can afford to exorcize your family members, pets, vehicles, lawnmowers, and computer operating systems.

  8. timgueguen:

    Ah, good ole Begboy. He’s even a published horror novelist, although his books Dead Air, Abaddon, and The Senator’s Agenda, were reportedly largely written by ghost writers.

    Larson had a pretty friendly relationship with death metal musician Glen Benton of Deicide. They both effectively shilled for each other via Benton turning up regularly on Larson’s radio show Talk Back. Larson no doubt picked up listeners from Benton’s appearances, and Benton probably picked up listeners for Deicide.

  9. Modusoperandi:

    reasonbe “Sorry to be off topic, but FTB has a *very* slow response time on my computer the past 3-4 days, but none of my other oft visited sites. Anybody else experiencing this?”
    Yes. It’s a demon. It’s all demons. Pesky demons! Git! /me waves broom

  10. Reginald Selkirk:

    reasonbe #5: Sorry to be off topic, but FTB has a *very* slow response time on my computer the past 3-4 days…

    Probably your network is clogged with a demon! You can find out for sure for only $9.95.

  11. reasonbe:

    @9: guess i shoulda seen that coming.

  12. matty1:

    Here it is in full.

    Do you have demons
    Yes – send money now to be exorcised
    No – denial is evidence of demonic possession, send money now to be exorcised
    Really, I’m sure I don’t – Satan is strong is you, the only hope is our premium priced super exorcism.

  13. Trebuchet:

    Probably your network is clogged with a demon! You can find out for sure for only $9.95.

    Or a “daemon”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daemon_(computing)

    Seriously, there’s a “tech issues” link at the top of the page. That would be the place to report it.

  14. Randide, Mais il faut cultiver notre jardin:

    Raven @7;

    I want in on this. Where can I send a resume?

  15. bmiller:

    “Larson had a pretty friendly relationship with death metal musician Glen Benton of Deicide. They both effectively shilled for each other via Benton turning up regularly on Larson’s radio show Talk Back. Larson no doubt picked up listeners from Benton’s appearances, and Benton probably picked up listeners for Deicide.”

    Larson also has maintained a relationship with a more truly…disturbing…individual, Boyd Rice, a Misanthropic , elitist, Social Darwinist/Neo-Nazi “Satanist” who appeared on several episodes of Larson’s radio show. A bit of cross-promotion going on here…Larson is using the EVILLLLLLL Boyd Rice to continuously shill for funds (not denying that Boyd Rice has some repellent beliefs!)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9kWZIbifBo

    Norwegian band Forgotten Woods has a lengthy excerpt of one of the interviews

  16. Draken:

    Yep, FTB has been like sucking syrup through a straw for the past week almost. In part that’s because gravatar.com has issues, but blocking them doesn’t quite solve the problem.

  17. brianwestley:

    The Firesign Theatre modernized it with the Devilmaster Exorciser:

    http://www.firesigntheatre.com/bvhtml/church/devilmaster.html

    Out, Demons, Out! and In, Profits, In!

  18. democommie:

    I haven’t got time to exercise demons/damons/Vic Damone; exercising Buddy the Wonderdog is quite enough, thank you very much!

  19. busterggi:

    “I’m Earl Schibe and I can exorcise any demon for only $99.95.”

  20. oranje:

    @7: But I have Windows ME*… is your program strong enough to counter the demons in that?

    *I absolutely do not have Windows ME. *shudder*

  21. caseloweraz:

    BMiller quoted: “Larson had a pretty friendly relationship with death metal musician Glen Benton of Deicide.

    Deicide? Really? And Boyd Rice? Bob Larson does work both sides of the street, doesn’t he?

  22. timgueguen:

    Having a “pet” enemy never hurts in getting the listeners interested. If not for that, and stuff like his on-air “exorcisms”(which were most likely entirely fake, or trolls having fun at Larson’s expense), there would have been little to make Talk Back stand out from a zillion other Christian evangelist shows on US AM radio.

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