The synopsis on the website says this about the movie:
A growing number of Evangelical Christians believe there is a revival underway in America that requires Christian youth to assume leadership roles in advocating the causes of their religious movement.
JESUS CAMP, directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, directors of the critically acclaimed The Boys of Baraka, follows Levi, Rachael, and Tory to Pastor Becky Fischer's "Kids on Fire" summer camp in Devil's Lake, North Dakota, where kids as young as 6 years-old are taught to become dedicated Christian soldiers in "God's army." The film follows these children at camp as they hone their "prophetic gifts" and are schooled in how to "take back America for Christ." The film is a first-ever look into an intense training ground that recruits born-again Christian children to become an active part of America's political future.
And here's a trailer of the movie:
I grew up at a Christian camp, and in a Christian environment that did use language like "taking back America for Christ", but nothing I experienced was as extreme as this seems to be. There is a growing movement among the extreme Religious Right known as dominionism that basically advocates a theocratic society and spreading the kingdom of God through political domination. For instance, dominionist Christian George Grant has said:
"Christians have an obligation, a mandate, a commission, a holy responsibility to reclaim the land for Jesus Christ -- to have dominion in civil structures, just as in every other aspect of life and godliness.
But it is dominion we are after. Not just a voice.
It is dominion we are after. Not just influence.
It is dominion we are after. Not just equal time.
It is dominion we are after.
World conquest. That's what Christ has commissioned us to accomplish."
The lines between this extremism and the kind of conservative Christianity I grew up with are very blurry, and it's sometimes hard to distinguish between those who simply want conservative Christians to have more influence in public life (as if control of the White House, Supreme Court, and both branches of Congress aren't enough), and those who want to restrict non-Christian religious freedom and impose Christian morality (sometimes including the Old Testament Law) universally in America.
What's scary to me is the militaristic language and imagery that is often used to promote this agenda - and how it's sometimes difficult to tell whether they are using that language metaphorically or literally. And it's especially disturbing when they start indoctrinating kids with it; as with Acquire the Fire's Battlecry conferences
which focuses so much on the culture wars in America that it can almost convince kids that the liberal secularists are literally coming to abduct them in the night and ship them off to concentration camps for being Christians. How soon before some of these kids get the impression that they need to fight back literally and violently?
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