"According to the FBI, there have been 129 confirmed white Christian terrorists in the last 20 years. That includes Timothy McVae, the uni-bomber, the Atlanta Olympics bomber and dozens of family planning centers and abortion clinics. Muslims? 19. Which would make white people the most likely demographic to commit a terrorist attack. So watch your mouth before you call me a terrorist or I’ll knock your fucking teeth out.”
I finally got around to watching Jesus Camp. After everything I’ve heard, I was expecting child abuse. I was expecting violence, or something. I don’t really know what I was expecting.
Jesus Camp could just as easily have been filmed at my house, at my church, at my summer camps. That was very literally what my childhood was like. Watching it didn’t make me angry, it made me nostalgic.
The camp those kids went to could just as easily have been Camp Good News in Huntsville, Texas, or Discovery Camp before that, or VBS before that. That lady, the children’s pastor, reminded me of a cross between Miss Debbie, who taught children’s church, and Miss Lorena, who ran the youth program. It was even filmed when I was the same age as the children filmed.
My point being, those kids could have been me, so I don’t see why everybody quotes that movie as this horrible example of religious brainwashing.
…Oh right, now I remember.
I was brainwashed.
I love this post. I was getting more and more frustrated until that last line. Awesome.
I’ve seen this movie twice, once as a brand new not-quite-atheist and I got the nostalgic feeling mixed with a bit of confusion and distrust. The second viewing was through clear eyes and filled me with revulsion and… horror… that I hadn’t seen it for what it was the first time I watched, even as an adult.
I’m almost certain I’ve mentioned this before, but one of the “activities” I experienced at a Jesus Camp was standing with a group of other children, holding our hands out over a fire pit, and praying aloud for the souls that were headed for hell unless WE SAVED THEM. Soldiers for God. That’s what we were supposed to be.
Scary stuff. ~JJ