Jesus Camp

Jesus Camp

DVD - 2006
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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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Bang_On
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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LaurieLR
Apr 11, 2015

I guess I expected something scholarly or an intelligent debate/discussion but this is neither.

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naturalist
Aug 25, 2014

“Give me the child until he is seven and I’ll give you the man.” attributed to St. Francis Xavier.
recommended:
“Building God’s Kingdom: Inside the World of Christian Reconstructionism.”
by Julie Ingersoll ...
“Secrets of the extreme religious right: Inside the frightening world of Christian Reconstructionism – The zealots pushing a horrifying vision of "religious freedom" really have in mind a new biblical slavery”
by Paul Rosenberg, posted July 31, 2015, at Salon
http://www.salon.com/2015/07/31/secrets_of_the_extreme_religious_right_inside_the_frightening_world_of_christian_reconstructionism/

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pigweed
Apr 03, 2014

Well made. Sad and frightening.

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ameliepeace
Jul 03, 2013

don't mess with next generation... please!!

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

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