I just watched the movie "Jesus Camp" and will need to sleep with the lights on as a result. Those poor kids.
My first response was that this was truly scary stuff, that I now understood how the Brown Shirts won over a generation, and that I was watching a terrorist training film. By the end, I was left infuriated with the adults, deeply saddened for the kids.
For all their holy rollin', what I saw was idol worship, materialism, brainwashing, violence, hubris, intolerance, indoctrination, radicalism, and hypocrisy on parade. It goes a long way towards explaining our current 'culture of fear'.
These people believe we can rape the Earth because we won't be here much longer, that George Bush is a true man of God (they even have a cardboard cutout that that they pray to. Or was that for, I was confused), that their beliefs are absolute truths not to be questioned, sex is evil, the devil goes after the young, Harry Potter's warlocks are enemies of God that should be put to death, that this is a terrible terrible world, and that violence in the name of God is justifiable.
Whose God? How does this differ from what they are calling "the enemy"?? I do have to say, I was filled with a wee bit o' scheudenfraude as I listened to Ted Haggert bash gays...
This movie stands as the strongest evidence I've seen yet for why we can't let Sarah Palin win in November. I'm all the more committed -- with a fundamentalist fervor, ya might say.
BTW Lesley and Jaime -- you were the ones who told me to watch this thing. I owe you. Oh yes. Yes I do.
Amman September 1-October 13
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