Depressing, down right depressing. Raising children to deny science, believe in the unfounded, and worship antiquated ideals and traditions holds back humanity and progress. The efforts to deny children access to models of the world and universe that are supported by evidence and create free-thinkers is a travesty. Children should be given the tools to assess the world around them and challenge any and all ideas freely and with support from their elders.
One of the most heart-wrenching moments in this documentary involved a young kid, maybe 9 or 10, who legitimately questioned the bible and the the existence of god. His inability to be like everyone else made him cry and pray with great pain. He felt like there was something fundamentally wrong within his-self. If only religious instruction waited to proselytize and convert people who were adults. Instead of the ingenious plan of consistent brainwashing beginning at birth. As a commentary against the Evangelical plot is a radio announcer, and Christian Religious moderate, that is baffled by the rise of militant Christianity that denies science and demands a theocratic government.
I grew up Catholic, went to Catholic school, attended prayer meetings, and went to church every week and on holy days. In short, it was mostly a waste of time. If I would have been given extra science/math classes or any class for that matter that wasn’t religion I’d have been better off. We can raise ethical and happy children without a boogeyman or promises of heaven. Rather, raising them to respect humanity, the world, knowledge, and each-other for its own sake. Studies support that the most happy and prosperous countries are the least religious. Religious teaching should be confined to history courses, english literature, and sections of philosophy. Its place as a moral guide is sickening when you see the effect on children. Parents deny their kids access to real medicine because it comes from the devil or isn’t in god’s plan. When religion becomes relegated to the sidelines it often enters a militaristic survival mode. Jesus Camp displays this to the umpteenth degree. And it’s not some small-sect of Americana at work here, this is millions of people who vote in large numbers and who were proud of George Bush Jr’s Presidency. Separation of church and State is a beautiful thing. Unfortunately it doesn’t extend to protect children from mental abuse at the hands of their pastors/parents.