By: Shelby Sherman Re: Exorcists Well, it looks as if religious shysters are not limited t
By: Shelby Sherman
Well, it looks as if religious shysters are not limited to the U.S.
TOYKO (AP) ___ Police have arrested six Buddhist monks accused of convincing
ill or troubled people they were possessed and then charging high fees to
exorcize the demons.
The monks are members of the Meikakuji temple group, which has taken in an
estimated $113 million in exorcism fees in the past eight years, officals said.
The arrests were top news in Japan, which has recently become especially
sensitive to religious fraud. The Aum Shinri Kyo doomsday cult is accused of
carrying out the fatal nerve-gas attack on Tokyo's subway system last year.
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