Larson and his group are said be in talks for their own reality TV show. While the idea of a teen trio of exorcists may sound like the premise of a "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" spin-off, many people aren't laughing. Michael Shermer, founder of the Skeptics Society and author of several books, including "The Believing Brain" and "Why People Believe Weird Things," sees real harm in what Larson and the girls are doing.
"This is a classic case of the dangers of bad ideas," Shermer told Discovery News. "And it's made all the worse through Bob Larson, a deluded man who finds nothing immoral about corrupting these three young ladies by turning their lives into acts straight out of 'The Crucible,' where demons haunt impressionable girls, who in turn become the victims of a witch hunt."
Shermer is not alone in his criticisms. Others note that Larson and his disciples charge money for exorcisms, raising the ethical question of whether they are taking advantage of desperate and mentally ill people who harbor delusions that they are possessed. They shrug off the criticisms, insisting they are performing a real service to those who need their help.