Jesus Camp

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Tagline: America is being born again

Plot Outline A documentary on kids who attend a summer camp hoping to become the next Billy Graham.

Plot Synopsis: Jesus Camp follows several young children as they prepare to attend a summer camp where the kids will get their daily dose of evangelical Christianity. Becky Fischer works at the camp, which is named Kids on Fire. Through interviews with Fischer, the children, and others, Jesus Camp illustrates the unswerving belief of the faithful. A housewife and homeschooling mother tells her son that creationism has all the answers. Footage from inside the camp shows young children weeping and wailing as they promise to stop their sinning. Child after child is driven to tears. Juxtapose these scenes with clips from a more moderate Christian radio host (who is appalled by such tactics), and Jesus Camp seems to pose a clear question: are these children being brainwashed?

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6 thoughts on “Jesus Camp

  1. This is frieghtening. I know I have said it before, or in more elaborate words…but this is something I have lived through in the past 8 years with my father who is a born again christian. I am sorry if I have so much to say about this film, but within the content, I feel a connection and also I have viewed this film numerous times, but it never ceases to scare me.

    If this is something that pulls on you, read the book, Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory. It is very enlightening and I think everyone should be aware as a little than half of the U.S. population claims faith to evangelical, pentacostal, or fundamentalism. Why do you think Bush was re-elected? My father and his family watched the “shock and awe” on the news like it was American Idol. This is my PSA. I have that book if anyone wishes to borrow it, just ask me.

  2. i had nightmares after watching this movie.
    manipulating children is an unfortunate thing that “adults” do.
    what does it say when you have one book to answer all your questions? perhaps that you never think or ask questions. if you want to live a make-belief life built upon a fiction of mythologies, that’s fine. but do not form power houses of political groups and call it a “mega-church.” that’s twisted.

  3. My favorite part is when the little girl goes up to a complete stranger in a bowling alley and tells this women that Jesus “want to love on her.” Priceless. Also the creepy rat-tail kid.

  4. i saw this and i haven’t been the same since. honestly, its amazing to me how people can believe so strongly in something that to most others is clearly crazy. i remember that one little boy who cries because he can’t talk to jesus while every one else is convulsing on the ground and talking nonsense. in all reality he is the most honest thing about this camp.

  5. this movie was crazy! it’s scary to see how much influence adults can have over children, especially knowing these kids will eventually keep this cycle going and spreading.

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