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Although JESUS CAMP spends about half its time at Becky Fischer's Kids on Fire summer camp in (ironically) Devil's Lake, ND, it could perhaps be more aptly titled JESUS WORLD or KIDS FOR JESUS. Co-directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady center their documentary on three young children, all apparently ten years old or younger: Levi, Tory, and Rachael. These three children are followed from church prayer meetings to their homes (where they recite Christianized pledges of allegiance and are schooled by their mothers in creationism and the fallacies of global warming), and later to a Ted Haggard evangelical convention in Colorado Springs and a pro-life demonstration (complete with red duct tape inscribed LIFE fastened over their mouths) in Washington, D.C. Ewing and Grady remain strictly outside observers these events, offering neither voice-over or commentary.Read more ›
I was totally disturbed by this wonderful documentary simply because, though it is very "fringe" in the extremes of Christianity in the U.S, much of what is presented in "Jesus Camp",especially the attitudes of exclusive right to "The Truth" and an allegiance to the President is very common in even lesser denominations of Fundamentalism ( OKAY...now that remark may spare some Inquisitional attitudes!).Who Becky Fisher is IS real.Who Ted Haggart is ( oh boy was he exposed!) IS real.These children and their "radical stand for Christ" is as real as any Muslim Fundamentalist Extremist.
I was "deprogrammed" (as it were) over time.What bugs me still is that I am a really intelligent human being....BUT if you are needy and aimless, this brand of "Jesus" can be very appealing as any "search for truth or enlightenment".
Don't be shocked by this documentary....fear it...and fight it.I know whereof I speak.
(What.... no hateful retorts yet?.......)
I also went to church because of my children. I was raised to believe that good parents took thier children to church and the Christian Doctrine was taught in the home. I'm 53 years old, and that is the way it was taught in my youth. Well, when my wife and I divorced I also divorced the church. My children are grown, she's remarried, and I'm a happy man.
I no longer wanted to hear about the church, and was reluctant to watch this film. I found myself impressed by the three children presented in the film. They seem intelligent, very outgoing, and likeable. The adults leading them, however, seem pushy, overbearing, and downright creepy.
What made a disturbing impression on me was the scene in which one of these "leaders" made the children cry, and flail about on the floor in seizure-like fits. Imagine bringing a bunch of young children to this camp, and then making them feel guilty about themselves to the point where they cry and "repent" of imagined sins?! Shame on these so-called "leaders" and their tactics! The entire thing was repulsive and extremely ugly. Seeing Jesus Camp only made me stronger in my belief that divorcing the church was the right way to go. I don't want anything to do with any religion that makes people feel worthless and guilty. Children should be allowed to be children, and not mindless "god zombies". The church is based on fear and guilt, not to mention money. Shame on these people.
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As a 10 year follow-up to the documentary "Jesus Camp,' Levi now goes by the name Erik Everhard and I'm pretty sure I saw Tori at the Spearmint Rhino so it nice she's still... Read morePublished 3 days ago by @FunnySeanC
This is a hard documentary to rate because the subject matter is horrifying but the actual documentary does an excellent job of illuminating the manipulation these camps use to... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Bellingham Bookworm
True eye-opener for all who believe in "good" christians. These people actually want to make christian kids into martyrs...martyrs who fly planes into buildings for jesus.Published 1 month ago by Cheryl A. Saltzman
One of the most balanced explorations into the relationship between Politics and Religion (specifically genuine Christian faith). Read morePublished 3 months ago by Aaron's Reflections
Sometimes our instincts are a useful, defensible trait. They helped our ancestors perceive shapes in bushes that may have belonged to a wolf or a bear. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Aven
I watch this from time to time to remind me that it does not matter what the haters think. In the end it only matters what God thinks. In the end we win. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Triggah
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