Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Jesus Camp

Monday night I stayed up and watched a documentary on A&E. There is nothing more disturbing than watching ten year old children talking about being warriors and martyrs for Jesus. Having grownup with evangelical Christian grandparents and currently living in Colorado Springs (largest percentage of evangelical churches in the country) I have to say that this movie is an accurate portrayal of the evangelical movement. In my opinion Evangelical Christianity is identical to Radical Islam and the greatest threat to freedom and democracy in America.

Jesus Camp is a documentary about the "Kids On Fire School of Ministry," a pentecostal summer camp located just outside Devils Lake, North Dakota and run by Becky Fischer and her ministry, Kids in Ministry International. The film focuses on three children who attended the camp in the summer of 2005--Levi, Rachael, and Tory (Victoria). The film cuts between footage of the camp and a children's prayer conference held just prior to the camp at Christ Triumphant Church in Lee's Summit, Missouri; a suburb of Kansas City.

Here are some quotes from the movie:

Becky Fischer: It's no wonder, with that kind of intense training and discipling, that those young people are ready to kill themselves for the cause of Islam. I wanna see young people who are as committed to the cause of Jesus Christ as the young people are to the cause of Islam. I wanna see them as radically laying down their lives for the Gospel as they are over in Pakistan and Israel and Palestine and all those different places, you know, because we have... excuse me, but we have the truth!

Becky Fischer: I can go into a playground of kids that don't know anything about Christianity, lead them to the Lord in a matter of, just no time at all, and just moments later they can be seeing visions and hearing the voice of God, because they're so open. They are so usable in Christianity.
Children were also used by the Nazi's, remember the Hitler Youth. They believed that if you indoctrinate children when they are young they will keep that ideology for the rest of their life. Becky Fischer actually says this late in the movie during a radio interview.
Becky Fischer: I think that Democracy is the greatest political system on earth but that's the problem it's earth. It is ultimately designed to destroy itself because we have to give everyone equal freedom and ultimately that is going to destroy us.
This woman represents the evangelical movement in the United States. They want to replace democracy with a theocracy based on biblical law. This really terrifies me. Most evangelical leaders like Joel Osteen and Ted Haggard do not really believe in this drivel. They simply want to make huge amounts of money off their ignorant flocks by telling them whatever is necessary to open the checkbooks. Becky Fischer really believes this stuff. Keep this woman and her kind away from your children.
Ted Haggard: We've decided the Bible is the word of God. We don't have to have a General Assembly about what we believe. It's written in the Bible. Alright, so we don't have to debate what we think about homosexual activity. It's written in the Bible.

Ted Haggard: If the evangelicals vote, they determine the election.
I just like to quote Ted Haggard. This typical Christian hypocrite is responsible for the guilt ridden deaths of thousands of gay and lesbian youth who were made to feel broken by the evangelical preachings of this pastor and his church.
Rachel (child): When I grow up, I want to be a manicurist. I can talk about Christ as I do their nails and I could play Christian music in the background. It would be very relaxing.

Levi's Mom: Did you get to the part yet where they say that science hasn't proven anything?

Levi's Mom: If you look at creationism, you'll realize it's the only possible answer.
The last two quotes are by Levi's mom and were in reference to a movie supporting the false doctrine of creationism. These children were home schooled, I believe that if you are going to keep your children out of the public school systems, which is your choice, then at least teach them the basics they will need to move forward in life.

Remember the history of Christianity: the witch trials, slavery, war, the "conversion" of Native Americans and the senseless deaths and persecution of millions of homosexuals. These are not the people we want deciding our fates, these are not the people we want in charge of our freedom.

If you want to view the movie you can catch it here.


judyofthewoods said...

More evidence that the Handmaid's Tale is chillingly plausible, even probable.

BigBear said...

I agree completely, great book by the way. It's just so odd that people don't see organized religion as the control mechanism it is.

Anonymous said...

As much as I don't care for Marg Atwood's writing, she may have been a bit prophetic with her Handmaid's Tale. Hopefully the evangelicals crawl back into the rocks after the next election.

They've managed to put a madman in power.

BigBear said...

Let's just hope the madman give up power.