Jesus Camp

Jesus Camp

DVD - 2006 | Full screen
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A first-ever look into an intense training ground that recruits born-again Christian children to become an active part of America's political future. Follow these children at summer camp in Devil's Lake, North Dakota as they hone their 'prophetic gifts'.
Publisher: [Los Angeles, CA] : Magnolia Home Entertainment, c2006
Edition: Full screen
Branch Call Number: DVDN 230.046 J499J
DVDN 230.046 J499J
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 84 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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bitsysmom
Oct 19, 2018

I totally agree with Derringer. I do have one thing to add. Derringer said that he wasn't religious. I am a Catholic. The people on this video are fundamentalists. They are the extreme radicals of Christianity. You might liken them to an ISIS type of the Christian world. Most of us are not like that.

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Derringer
Oct 19, 2018

Not being religious-minded, myself, I purposely watched Jesus Camp in order to see what these Christians had to say for themselves and whether it was at all worthwhile for me to pay attention and listen.

Unfortunately, this was a very self-conscious presentation where Christian propaganda was obviously the name of the game.

This religious production's biggest deficit was the unwelcome introduction of Pastor, Ted Haggard who was so despicable in his self-righteous arrogance that I knew this film's message was definitely not for me.

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bobbles1
Sep 17, 2018

All I can say is, who is indoctrinated? There is no firm evidence for either evolution or man-made climate change....on evolution, there are countless unanswered questions given the theory's uncertainty and reliance on chance (random selection), and so the statistical probability that human beings would come about by chance is pretty much zero....the same chance that a monkey given a word processor would eventually write a novel given enough time....and evolution cannot explain the development of many other even simpler organisms, for that matter....as for climate change, it has always been part of the environment, and much of the development of human culture can be understood with reference to climate change happening over thousands of years, but here we are stupidly spending (wasting) vast amounts of capital to fix a problem that is most likely due to natural causes and is not "fixable"....the "hockey stick" graph developed by Michael Mann which started it all has been shown to be a hoax....it amazes me how empirical science has been transformed into doctrinaire ideology and a religion unto itself.....so, if the evolution of an organism like humans is randomly impossible, and if the Bible is a better explanation (study it, don't dismiss it out of hand), and if you believe there is a God who wants His church to help establish His kingdom on earth, based on the values of love, kindness, and the non-judgmental attitude embedded in the Bible.....and which values are violated by other forms of religion, who believe in the conquering of the world by force and violence, then this movie makes perfect sense.....accepting one's own annihilation is not kindness and love, it is stupidity and complacency.....

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 16, 2018

Jesus Camp is a haunting exposé that sheds light on a very grim reality that is brewing within the United States. The film follows a group of students from across the Midwest as they congregate at an evangelical Christian camp in North Dakota and the misinformation being fed to them. This fodder includes the nonexistence of climate change, the need to train child soldiers against radical Islam, and the belief that evangelical values have to be imposed among every aspect of Western democracy. While the directors claim for the film’s intention to be pure and honest, it has received repercussions from the Christian community for misrepresenting the Christian faith. Jesus Camp is a must-see documentary and will lead you wondering “Why?” or “How?” at several moments while also giving the viewer the proper facts to form a stance on this controversial topic.
@Lordofthebooks of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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Me_Tarzan
Aug 17, 2018

(*Familiar Christian quote*) - "In Jesus' name. Amen."

IMO - "Jesus Camp" was pure Christian propaganda that presented (to the general public) carefully staged situations as a means of reinforcing their unshakable religious beliefs.

To say that I was absolutely shocked to hear obese pastor, Becky Fischer say that she (*quote*) "wants children the lay down their lives for the gospel" would truly be an understatement like no other.

IMO - Jesus Camp's most cringe-worthy moments of all were those given over to that slimy, pretentious, forked-tongued hypocrite, pastor, Ted Haggard.

Like - Didn't Jesus, himself, say - "Judge not lest ye be judged" (??) - Well - Let me tell ya - Haggard was so full of sneering, self-satisfied judgement against non-Christians that it was downright sickening.

I can't believe that Haggard, a two-faced, double-talking creep, actually represents 30 million Christians all across the USA.

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Punnoval
Aug 04, 2018

If the directors (Ewing & Grady) had decided to stand off and let the evangelicals do their thing without piping up with their tut-tuts about how awful it is to brainwash children, this one would have been a lot better. If you want much better treatment of this culture, you could watch Werner Herzog's 1981 TV items "God's Angry Man" and "Huie's Sermon", both easily available on You Tube.

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Janice21383
Dec 31, 2016

Whatever you think about fundamentalist Christianity, you have to hand it to this group, who gave permission for film makers to come into their world. They are honest, and they are unashamed, although in retrospect, the Ted Haggard and the let's indoctrinate Christian kids the way Muslim kids are indoctrinated scenes were not good ideas. Events unfold mostly without directoral comment, although thoughts from a liberal Christian radio host bracket the film. The time may be right for a "where are they now?" follow up with this group of little god warriors, like the documentary 14-Up.

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princeofdarkness
Nov 06, 2016

Whatever the metaphor - tip of the iceberg, thin edge of the wedge, slippery slope - that you may choose to characterize the Fundamental Christian movement, this film is a relatively soft look at a hard subject. Showing value systems to your children is important; choosing one set of values for them at the expense of all other alternatives is dangerous and, dare I say, irresponsible. The consequences of making children into political instruments are even more frightening than what little is shown here, and the deleted scenes included are even more compelling than the finished product. I spent 20 years teaching children from infancy to age 12 and beyond, and the methodology used here is efficient and effective - these people know how to do what they're doing. I have never been more frightened by the words "One nation, under God" than after watching this film. All I have left to say, if these are people of God, is God help us.

kongjunior Sep 24, 2016

It's a well done, and actually fair and balanced look at the work of Becky Fischer and her associates at the now-defunct "Kid's on Fire" summer camp. The Evangelical's are not presented as monsters, although they're passionate about teaching children their interpretation of the Gospel of Jesus. The most frightening thing about them, though, is how they encourage their children to ignore legitimate scientific inquiry; Global Warming and Evolution are discredited out of hand. It would be comical if it wasn't so very real!The dissenting views comes from a call-in radio show host, who's on the more Liberal side of Christianity (if there truly IS such a thing.)

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naturalist
Jul 20, 2015

“The Rise of Christian Fascism and Its Threat to American Democracy – We must attend to growing social and economic inequities in order to stop the most dangerous mass movement in American history -- or face a future of fascism under the guise of Christian values.” 07-02-2007 by Chris Hedges from
http://www.alternet.org/story/47679/the_rise_of_christian_fascism_and_its_threat_to_american_democracy . . .
and . . .
“The Christian Fascists Are Growing Stronger” by Chris Hedges 07-06-2010 from
http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_christian_fascists_are_growing_stronger_20100607
and, also see:
Jesus Camp – America is Being Born Again
DVD 2006
and . . .
“What If I'm an Atheist? A Teen's Guide to Exploring a Life Without Religion”
by David Seidman
and . . .
“Christian Youth Ministry uses Hitler quote to promote child indoctrination”
See more at: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2014/06/christian-youth-ministry-uses-hitler-quote-to-promote-child-indoctrination/#sthash.NMRy4JPA.dpuf . .
and . . .
“Evangelical Christians and the Indoctrination of Children”
Published June 4, 2011, by godumentary
http://godumentary.com/2011/06/04/evangelical-christians-and-the-indoctrination-of-children/#sthash.wjedG43U.dpuf . . .
and . . .
“Study: Religious children are less able to distinguish fantasy from reality”
from: Echo Chambers, Blogging global opinion, BBC News, Washington DC, July 29, 2014
http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-echochambers-28537149 . . .
and . .
“Childhood Indoctrination: Religion’s Greatest Weapon”
by Hemant Mehta, posted May 15, 2015 Friendly Atheist blog at
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2015/05/15/childhood-indoctrination-religions-greatest-weapon/

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Kids go to camp to learn, preach and worship Jesus and all things Christian

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