Evangelism Gone Horribly, Horribly Wrong: Jesus Camp
Of available clips from the new, highly controversial documentary Jesus Camp, I had a hard time choosing which one was more disturbing to me: images of young children screaming “one nation under God” before a cardboard cutout of George W. Bush, or this:
So I put up the less disturbing clip.
The bad news about this flick is that people without personal experience in and among American Christian life may be led to believe that this brand of sickenengly extreme and inappropriately nationalist evangelism is anything approaching the norm. It’s not. What you are seeing here is, in my view, tantamount to child abuse.
The good news is that—if I may be so optimistic—perhaps this look at one slice of what Bush has referred to as another coming “great awakening” will give pause to all Americans as to the dangers of further encroachment by the Church upon the State. Especially when nine year-olds are being preyed upon.
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