Do you worry about whether second-hand clothing has been imbued with evil spirits? Probably not, at least if you're sane, but the same can't be said for all of the viewers of Pat Robertson's 700 Club. One asked Robertson whether it was a good idea or not to pray over used clothing and he affirmed that it is.
Pat Robertson, 2007
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Pat Robertson claimed to know of one case where a witch prayed to get an evil spirit to enter a ring and this spirit then attacked a Philippine girl who bought it. Evidence? Of course there wasn't any. I'm sure that none of his audience ever expects to see evidence to support his claims and would never think to ask for any. They have faith and with faith, they never need to have any rational, reasoned basis to believe what they are told.
After a viewer, Carrie, asked whether to follow her mom's recommendation to pray away demonic spirits over her secondhand sweaters, Robertson recounted a story about "a witch who had prayed over a particular ring and asked for a spirit to come into it, and this Philippine girl was so attached to this ring, she had to buy it and all hell broke loose because she finally recognized what it was."
"Can demonic spirits attach themselves to inanimate objects, the answer is yes," Robertson said.
While Robertson noted that people don't have to worry that every item they purchase is possessed by demons, he added: "Hey, it ain't going to hurt anything to rebuke any spirits that happened to have attached themselves to those clothes."
Source: Right Wing Watch
Why not sprinkle the clothes with holy water? How about storing them in drawers with holy items?
It's probably a good idea to remember that Christians like Pat Robertson really do believe in demons -- they aren't metaphors, but real things that lurk everywhere, trying to harm us whenever possible. They really do believe in the boogeyman hiding in closets or under beds.
Yet apologists say it's disrespectful to compare their belief in a god to believing in Santa Claus.