Jesus Camp Scared Me
Jesus Camp is a documentary about kids who attend an evangelical Christian day camp. Here the children learn how to become soldiers of God. The kids open up about the sins they committed, and literally cry because of it. The camp is run by Becky Fisher, a woman who speaks in tongues. Here we go.
This review will be a little different because it opened my eyes to a lot of things, and I just want to comment on some of them. I did really enjoy the movie, and will give it a grade at the end.
The documentary focuses most of its time on the children. The kids are taught that creationism is real, that global warming is a political scam, and that Jesus will rise again because of their worship.
This documentary scared the crap out of me. I know that it was made in 2006, so it is a little out dated, but it’s still a reminder of how extreme some religious groups are. Today, we see some of the same extreme religious groups in our society.
I find it absolutely terrifying that there are religious groups out there like this. These children are indoctrinated at such an early age that they are unable to use their own thought processes. It’s sickening to see that these children are forced to adopt a way of thinking just because their parents want them to. Personally, I would want my child to have an open mind and make their own choices and decisions. But it makes sense. By planting this idea that they are soldiers of God so young, it will be hard for them to ever develop their own way of thinking.
It was also sad to see these children being punished for being children. For example, the boys were playing around in their lodge like boys do, and the camp leader came in and basically told them that Jesus wouldn’t approve of this behavior. What? Why would Jesus care if kids played around? If it was a sin to play then we would all go to hell.
One of the biggest things that pissed me off was that Becky Fisher and her followers wanted Christian conservative values back into the United States. The United States is not a religious institution. There is a reason why our founders put in the phrase “separation of church and state”. America is not a Christian nation, and it never will be.
These people were worshiping and praying for a cardboard cutout of President Bush. The man who lied to the American people about the Iraq war, which ended up killing thousands of people. Sounds like a Christ like figure to me.
Today, we see similar ideals in our country. People still think that President Obama is a Muslim (but why does that matter anyway?). Abortion is still viewed as a terrible thing, even though women have the right to do whatever they want with their bodies. Homosexuals are criticized and looked down upon because of who they love. It’s really pathetic. It’s even more pathetic that these views still exist in 2016.
Would Jesus give a shit about any of this? I don’t think so. For such a loving and accepting man, his followers really hate a lot of people.
I am only 25 years old, but I am excited to see what the future holds. Hopefully my generation will be more accepting of people’s beliefs.
If you are interested in Jesus Camp, or are someone who questions religion or enjoys topics like this, definitely check this one out.
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