Politician Who Gave Girls To Rapist Also Exorcised Preschoolers

There is a new development in the incredibly disturbing tale of Rep. Justin Harris (R-Linda Blair’s House), who “rehomed” his adopted daughters with a man who would later brutally rape one of them. You know, because everything we’ve learned previously is not yet enough to give us nightmares for the rest of our lives.

Yesterday, we learned that the Harrises thought the girls they adopted were possessed by demons, were communicating telepathically, and attempted to have them exorcised. Now, according to a former employee of “Growing God’s Kingdom”–the daycare the Harrises own–many of the children attending the school were exorcised as well by the Harrises themselves.

The woman, who chose to identify herself only as “Amber,” also told KNWA reporter Lauren Conley that Marsha Harris frequently spoke to her about her belief that the girls they adopted were possessed by demons.

Via KNWA:

She says Justin and Marsha Harris would often try to pray the demons out of misbehaving students at their pre-school, Growing God’s Kingdom.

“If they got in too much trouble they would pray on the kids, do a circle around them, put their hands on their heads, saying, trying to rebuke demons.” Said former employee, Amber.

“How did you learn about the fact that they were praying demons out of kids?” Lauren Conley asked Amber.

“Well, I had another teacher there that had me take a child down to the office and whenever I did, they did it right there in front of me.” Said Amber.

Amber says she met the two youngest adopted girls while teaching at the pre-school.

“They were adorable. I never seen too many issues with them.” Said Amber.

“So, Marsha spoke to you though about saying she thought both of those girls had demons?” Lauren asked Amber.

“Yes.” Replied, Amber.

Even after she was dismissed by the Harrises over differences in how to discipline the children, Amber’s three year-old child continued to attend the school until this Wednesday.

Cody Buchanan, another parent interviewed for the segment, however was pleased with “Growing God’s Kingdom,” stating “It’s great for preschool, they teach them about the bible and stuff like that too, which I think is really important.”

Which would be fine, I suppose, if the school did not receive $900,000 a year in federal funds, and if those running the school were not performing exorcisms on toddlers.

I feel I must now call attention to the elephant in the room here. No, not the fact that I cannot stop inappropriately thinking that Justin Harris looks like he is wearing David Byrne’s big suit every time I see a picture of him. The fact that “Growing God’s Kingdom” recieved $900,000 dollars a year in federal funding, which was supposed to be used to fund Head Start programs.

Let us even put aside for the moment that it is definitely illegal to use money from the federal government for religious instruction, and almost definitely illegal to use federal money to exorcise toddlers. It has to be, right?

I wanna know, for real, what the hell kind of preschool needs almost a million dollars a year from the federal government to run? Particularly when daycare teachers in Arkansas do not generally make over $26,000 a year.

What are they even doing with that money? Are they buying luxury crayons and construction paper made of spun gold? Does snack time involve caviar with a side of saffron? Do they have a Swedish masseuse on staff? I’m sorry. If you are using up $900,000 tax dollars to fund your religious preschool, then Jesus had damn well better be making a personal appearance.

I am really hoping that there will be a full investigation into this daycare, and, honestly, into the Harrises as parents. Not to mention the fact that Justin Harris should definitely lose his position as a State Rep. What he’s even still doing in office is beyond me.

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