One of my favorite books by Gabriel Garcia Marquez relates a tale of exorcism and defiance of religious authority on the part of the person subjected to it. The title of the book is Del Amor y Otros Demonios (Of Love and Other Demons). I highly recommend it.
It is abuse plain and simple. The religious "freedom" they enjoy is giving them permission to abuse young minds by instilling fear.
Christian religions promote "free will" then systematically destroy it with their creations of demons and their idea of hell, instilling fear and destroying the very "free will" they promote.
Special, Not so much. Delusional, absolutely.