Thursday, January 4, 2007

Jesus Camp

Has anyone seen the documentary Jesus Camp? Oh my. I can't even begin to tell you how disturbed I was by this film.

It's basically a documentary about a camp where children learn about Evangelical Christian ideas and how to "take back America for Christ". I didn't know Christ was looking for a new home.

It's an alarming view of fundamentalist Christianity. And to think there are more extreme camps than this one in the U.S.

This film is also a very scary look into the beliefs that are held by the leader of the free world. Watch for the George Bush worship. I shiver just thinking about it.

tall penguin

5 comments:

Peter said...

I just watched it a couple days ago. "Disturbed" barely begins to describe the feeling of anger and revulsion I felt.

If they forced kids to get addicted to Crack, they'd go to jail. But they get them addicted to physiological responses (the "saved" response) and they call it religion and its protected by the constitution. gggrrrrr....

Watching the first few minutes with Cory as I'm typing this. Seeing the Army of God kids dancing, Cory said "That's a blasphemy". I guess we atheists can agree with the catholics on this one! :)

Sean said...

I watched it last night and you really feel for the kids, I was almost in tears at a couple points at what they had to go through.

There's the scene at the beginning where Becky says, "God told me that there are some kids here who are one way at home and church and another way at school. They're hypocrites! God wants you to come up here and wash your hands!"

If an adult said that to me I'd call their bluff but these kids don't know any better. They're getting called out by "God" to stand in front of everyone and yell out their "sins". Give me a break! What kind of sin can a 10 year old commit?

The other thing ... it appeared to me that they were video taping it to review that night in order to single out kids later on. Did anyone else get that feeling about this?

The part that I did think was funny was where they were at the breakfast table and the one kid says, "I'm not allowed to watch Harry Potter at my moms, but I can just go to my dad's and watch it." Good for him, but did you see the looks in the other kids eyes! Reminds me of my JW days when someone would say something like that at an assembly. At home they could no problem, just not when there were other JW's around!

tall penguin said...

Thanks for your comments Peter and Sean.

Peter you said, "If they forced kids to get addicted to Crack, they'd go to jail. But they get them addicted to physiological responses (the "saved" response) and they call it religion and its protected by the constitution."

And that is what's sad about this. Interestingly, this particular camp has been shut down due to all the negative press. There are still many more like it though, some even more extreme. Not to mention what goes on within the homes of these children. I can only imagine.

Sean, you said, "I was almost in tears at a couple points at what they had to go through."

After the film I was paralyzed for a few minutes. I couldn't speak. I couldn't move. I think I left my body at some point. Part of me didn't want to believe that it was real. It triggered up so many memories of being a jw. And the children I knew there. I weep for those children.

By the way, I came across a foundation recently which advocates for the basic rights of children who are being raised in homes where they are exposed to "high control organizations".

www.safepassagefoundation.org

tall penguin

Sean said...

I just thought I'd add this link:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2003365311_jesuscamp08.html

I went there and saved a bundle on life insurance. No, wait ... that's the news article saying they shut the "Jesus Camp" down, at least for a few years! Good news!

feathermepurple said...

I have watched many shows (A&E/History Channel) about these groups and many like them and they all scare the hell out of me.