If you are a fan of horror movies, then you need to watch Jesus Camp. The film is actually a documentry directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady. The film follows several children, all of which are Evangelical Christians as they attend Jesus Camp, a week long camp designed to promote the Christian faith, and Evangelical political goals.
The most disturbing scenes in the film, to me, are when the children are instructed to give praise to a cardboard cutout of President Bush. They fall to their knees in abject worship of the image of Bush, and almost regard him as the (not “a,” but THE) Messaiah.
The other scene was when the children were chanting religiously themed sayings. For a split second, I thought I was watching news footage of Middle Eastern protesters, you know the ones: where they burn an American flag and chant “Death to America” over and over again?
It was a very Orwellian moment where the end of Animal Farm suddenly rang true.
Evangelical Christians apparently sing a Pledge of Allegience to the Christian flag, and not the American flag! This, to me, is profoundly disturbing.
I don’t think the producers were wanting to create a horror film, but this is where I would classify it. Yes, it was a documentry. It is the subject matter which creates and sustains the horror throughout the film. This is not to say the production values are low. Quite the contrairy. They are quite high. The film is excellently edited and directed. Both directors did a fine job presenting the subject matter in a way which produced an emotional response.
Boy, did it ever.
I think every Pagan should see the film. In fact, I think every American should see the film. I think it presents a clear picture of Evangelical Christianity, and the dangers of brainwashing America’s youth.
At one point, the children were talking about dieing for Jesus and “the cause.” Language not unlike the 9/11 hijackers and radical Islamic terrorists.
Think about that.
Information about the movie can be found here: Jesus Camp