Rachel is willing to die and sacrifice herself for religion.
Levi is educated at home and taught that religion plays a role in everything from math to science through special textbooks that angle toward the creationism theories.
Make no mistake about it, the children in “Jesus Camp” are one stone’s throw away from being suicide bombers.
The reasoning for this, Ms. Tucker explains, is that if Muslims can have camps to train children to fight for their religion and sacrifice their lives, why can’t they?
This is from a woman who lives in America, the supposedly evolved country.
To which she eggs on her audience that they’re going to war, while the children, in the most disturbing sequence, clutch their fists screaming “War! War! War!” Meanwhile, the children feel they need to be saved. What harm could a five year old do that doesn’t stem from innocence and ignorance? I’m still wondering.
But Tucker isn’t solely to blame. She’s only a part in a wider range of bad parenting, to which she merely influences in her utter ignorance. She prays that the devil doesn’t ruin her Power Point presentation for the camp.
The children in “Jesus Camp” are the religious equivalent of stage families. They think they want to be there, they think they believe what they’re doing is right, only because at a young age they’ve been taught it was, and seek to satisfy their wholly flawed parents reflecting their views onto them whether they like it or not.
After watching “Jesus Camp” I wasn’t all that surprised. I mean, religion in the wrong hands is a wicked and potentially damaging tool in the hands of the wrong groups of people.
The kids look healthy, and basically seem well off, but you can sense something just isn’t right in their minds. They want to satisfy their parents, they’ve convinced themselves they believe what they’re saying, and their only ambition revolves around their religion.
Then they’re told they’re guilty, they’re told they must atone for sins when the adults never ask what they think a sin is, and never actually sit down to talk to a child to ask them what they’ve done and why they think it was wrong. Because they don’t need to. The children are clay, and they’re being formed.
This film shows how adults tailor their children to cater to their desires regardless of how inevitably damaging they may be to their children. Particularly from Rachel, a very young girl who while well intentioned, is also noticeably disturbed in many ways.
She approaches a woman in a bowling alley giving her a pamphlet about god, and only beams with pride when her father congratulates her and murmurs “You’re finally being obedient.”
What is witnessed in “Jesus Camp” is the potential creation of adults with disorders, both mental and physical. They drill these children with almost immense guilt and dissatisfaction that the children will never be able to fulfill into early adulthood, and it will inflict potential harm to themselves and to their loved ones. And they’re also told that thanks to abortion many of their best friends couldn’t be there with them, which leads to passing around of plastic embryos.
As is shown in common cult studies, one of the principles of cultists is instilling an impossible sense of guilt in their followers that they can never fulfill; this keeps them loyal die-hard followers. The children here are attacked at very young ages, and they’ll always feel this sense that they can’t fulfill a standard set before them, nor can they ever reach a life of true happiness for fear of sin.
Five year olds screaming and crying, Tucker preaching that she wants the children free of sin yet when she calls for the murder of a fictional character the children cheer.
“Jesus Camp” is an utterly disturbing account of bad parenting, and children falling to the prey of dangerous religious fanatics. You can’t help feel sorry for them.
American and Muslim extremists are not as different as you’ve been told. And they’re both very dangerous to the well being of humanity.
Posted on November 17, 2006 in Blogs by Felix Vasquez Jr.
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