The other day I watched a horror movie. It wasn’t a nail-biting Hitchcock film or a blood-and-guts thriller, but Jesus Camp is without a doubt the scariest movie I’ve seen in a long time.
This documentary “follows a group of young children to Pastor Becky Fisher’s ‘Kids on Fire Summer Camp.'” There, instead of spending their time learning how to swim, how to use a bow and arrow, or engaging in other typical summer-camp activities, these children are instructed in the fundamentals of evangelical “christianity” and are taught how to be good foot soldiers in the army of American evangelicalism, purportedly for the purpose of ‘reclaiming America for Christ.’ In addition to their camp experience, the film provides an insight into the highly controlled and even somewhat isolated family life these fundamentalists maintain.
The Hitlerian style of indoctrination, with its cult-like methodologies and group-think tactics, verges on child abuse.
Throughout the movie, Pastor Becky, her fellow zealots and their pre-pubescent adherents repeatedly mouth what they claim are “Christian” values, teachings, or perspectives (including unhesitating praise for George W. Bush and his various wars). Despite their claims to follow biblical teachings, we hear very little about true Christianity. There’s nary a mention of Jesus himself, the scriptures of the New Testament, or such Gospel values as justice, concern for the poor and the outcast, forgiveness, and the ultimate commandment to love — including love of one’s enemy.
Pastor Becky and her fellow nazis make repeated claims about the evils of this world and what’s wrong with America. To support the claim that evil is alive and well, dare I suggest that the views she and others like her espouse are exhibit number one.