Jesus Camp. Only in America.
Well, also in Pakistan. But they’re called “madrassas” there. And it isn’t Jesus the children are being trained to die for.
However, in fairness to the camp director, Pastor Becky Fischer, I heard an interview with her on the Ed Schultz show.
She said, convincingly, that the Jesus Camp documentary didn’t include all of her “radically laying down their lives for the Gospel” comment. (Which you can see here, if you have broadband).
Fischer said that what she means by “lay down your life” is dedicating yourself to Jesus 100%. Makes sense. I really don’t believe that Jesus Camp is out to produce little Christian suicide bombers.
It’s still scary though.
It would be unnecessary to teach 8-year-olds the handling of weapons, when that is the easy part. What needs to be taught is deference to some higher authority, which can always, via a a play of substitution, later be understood to have temporal ministers who channel its will. What needs to be taught is the bliss of unreasoning surrender. I've not seen the film, so this is not directed toward it, but goes to why I agree with you that it is "still scary."
Posted by: Dr. Trotsky | September 23, 2006 at 04:59 PM
Then they move on to Jesus College; Patrick Henry College.
I don't think our media have the nerve to give them much scrutiny. I first became aware of this travesty while on a business trip overseas.
Posted by: Michael | September 24, 2006 at 07:41 PM
We do have the "Battle Hymn of the Republic," too. I have lived my entire life dreading that the trigger word would be whispered and I would fall in behind his truth, marching on. Scary is not the word.
Posted by: Edward | September 25, 2006 at 04:46 PM
RE: More on the Jesus Camp video including Parody
Posted by: beepbeepitsme | September 25, 2006 at 07:49 PM