Girl Convulses in the Holy Spirit During Graduation Prayer

A young woman prays the benediction at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She subsequently has a breakdown of tears and shaking. She prays for the forgiveness of her own sins plus the sins of her peers who have accepted humanism and worshipped the intellectual mind. She starts to lose it when she begs for mercy and not judgment from her loving god. She begs for the mercy of this god onto the lives of the unsaved in the audience.And then… she gets pulled back from the podium and collapses in tears.

This, readers, is what it’s like for a charismatic Christian to be “overcome by the spirit.” I’ve had moments like that in my past, and I know how it feels.

I’m almost too embarrassed to watch it for a second time. What can I say except:

  • This should not be taking place at a public university.
  • I can spot a fake a mile away.
  • They called for an ambulance at the end, but trust me, she’s fine… just hysterical.
  • I feel bad for the students and the event as they were surely overshadowed by the theatrics of this one religious girl who lost it while praying.

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April 28, 2010  |  christianity, religion, videos

23 Comments


  1. I am an atheist and think what that girl did was reprehensible. I was quite amused and a little surprised at how they just hid her beyond the podium and, besides the call for an ambulance, didn’t acknowledge what happened and just went on with the program! Is that a religious university?
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    • I looked it up. It’s a public university, so it is not religious. I think that explains why they didn’t acknowledge it and why it was so unacceptable.

    • Carla Lazzarini even though you may not believe in God he still belives in you and he loves you when nobody else does. Religion doesn’t matter what does is having a relationship with our creater.

      Our help is in the name of the LORD,
      the Maker of heaven and earth.
      (Palms 124:8)

  2. I think the voices in her head were trying to escape.

  3. Yep yep, that is what they are fighting for every time they insist on prayer at graduations; the right to make the rest of us listen to a sermon. I’m convinced that they truly believe (they do a lot of that) that public resources should be used to spread their myth. All of the arguments they use in courts, like free speech, christian nation, etc. are secondary justifications for their desire to use shame and social stigma to get us in compliance with their superstitions.

  4. I, too, grew up with this kind of thing (and left it willingly….). The Holy Spirit had nothing to do with it. It was nothing more than Pentecostalist hyper-emotionalism.

  5. Wow, that was hard to sit through; the only way it could have been worse is if she’d spoke in tongues.

    I don’t think this was the place for this kind of expression, it’s a public university. What’s with the bashing of Humanists? I guess it’s not popular to bash Jews and blacks anymore…

  6. I just wonder if she had a cigarette afterwards.

  7. I would just like to add a few extra thought to your concluding points::

    * This should not be taking place at a public university. * this should not be taking place in any university. If this signifies anything, it signifies the fact that she hasn’t learned anything during the time she spent there.

    * I can spot a fake a mile away. * I can spot the fake one every time, from any distance :-) they all are.

    * They called for an ambulance … * In conjunction with the fake in the previous segment, I wonder what did the ambulance call sounded like, it would sure fit in nicely in a phone prank skit :-)

    * I feel bad for the students …* Agreed GG, if it is ok to have religious presentations, then they should have all 27 religions represented, each with their five minutes of utter frontal lobe disturbances and appropriate miracles and other holy accessories … and at that point, i think no one would attend anyways.

    ** It looks like one religious group got the podium for themselves and decided to inflict a swift and painful witnessing upon the gathered unsuspecting crowd…

  8. I all honesty I have no idea who my speaker was at my graduation. All I remember was that the person was so boring that I feel asleep twice.

    As for this idiot, I wouldn’t have minded this so much. It would have been worth the laugh. And as long as she will get mocked for this for the rest of her life, I can live with it.
    .-= Holytape’s last blog ..The Virgin Birth – A Sasquatch Christmas. =-.

  9. ” Dear God I sorry I went to Midwestern State University to learn and become more questioning and intellectual, I will can forget everything as you ask and follow you without ever questioning anything in church or bible even if the bible has two or more different things..” I went to a Christian High School in Australia and ours was no where near this crazy I feel ripped off!

  10. Can you explain what you mean by being able to spot a fake.? I was under the impression that it is all fake.

  11. Wow. Just… wow. My first instinct is to laugh, but it’s just too appalling.
    .-= TheGuy’s last blog ..Have You Seen this Man? =-.

  12. I think the organizers of these events — if they must be held, which is in NO way a given — need to do two things:

    1) All speeches will be submitted to the administration or student organizing body for approval. After all, this is *everybody’s* graduation.

    2) Administration or student organizer should be prepared with how to cut off a speaker who goes off message — and both speaker and organizers are told that it *will* be done. I think fewer speakers would get “carried away by the holy spirit” if they know they will get hooked off the stage like a bad vaudeville act.

  13. Nice to see these fakers have respect for the people they have been in college with, I know I would be really annoyed to have my graduation ruined by some hysterical fraud like this.

  14. I saw this and had to pull my jaw from the floor and then immediately fight with all my might to keep dinner from climbing back up my throat.

    @Stormy, I think that’s the perfect way to handle this specific problem. I agree whole-heartedly!
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  15. Thanks for sharing– both cringe-worthy and highly inappropriate.
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  16. “Get an ambulance”? What a hell-bound dork

  17. This was SO HARD for me to watch. I was flooded with old memories from my days in the Full Gospel movement. In that circle, her behavior would have actually been considered a ‘move of the Holy Spirit’. We would have all been proud of her. I cringe inside, now. And I felt terrible for this girl – so wholly indoctrinated that she’d behave so strangely and inappropriately before a crowd of her peers! It’s very sad and very telling. When a person actually believes they are pleading for the souls of people before the Creator of the Universe, collapsing before Him seems appropriate. If she ever wakes up from her delusion, she’ll see this clip for the sad, awful thing it is.
    .-= WayPastDueToo’s last blog ..I Just Go By The Bible =-.

    • Wow, I wonder what I would feel now if I looked back on a video of some of my moments “in the spirit”. There was one night in particular that was so powerful for me at the time. Now, I’d be embarrassed beyond belief!

  18. What is her name?

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