Jesus Camp (2006)

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.

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  1. I understand your disaproval of kids being “brainwashed”, as you call it, however your indignation of christianity is so blatent that it scews any ballanced reasoning you try to show.

    An example is in your first paragraph: where to begin? 1st: You alienate 80% of the audience by associating a belief in God with illogical thinking. 2nd: Science is the study of the physical universe. If you believe god created the universe (as I do) then belief in God and the Science are NOT mutually exclusive. Parents who deny their kids education is one thing, parents who protect their kids from a secular interpreation of science is something entirely different.

    With that being said, I believe there is a difference between teaching religious doctrine and forcing an idea on people; and that is an important distinction when raising children.

    You put religion in “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.” And therein lies the problem. If I killed 20 people and claimed I was following YOUR wishes, does that make YOU evil??

    God’s message is that of Love. People doing wrong in the name of God/religion does not make it so.

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    I understand your disaproval of kids being “brainwashed”, as you call it, however your indignation of christianity is so blatent that it scews any ballanced reasoning you try to show.

    An example is in your first paragraph: where to begin? 1st: You alienate 80% of the audience by associating a belief in God with illogical thinking. 2nd: Science is the study of the physical universe. If you believe god created the universe (as I do) then belief in God and the Science are NOT mutually exclusive. Parents who deny their kids education is one thing, parents who protect their kids from a secular interpreation of science is something entirely different.

    With that being said, I believe there is a difference between teaching religious doctrine and forcing an idea on people; and that is an important distinction when raising children.

    You put religion in “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.” And therein lies the problem. If I killed 20 people and claimed I was following YOUR wishes, does that make YOU evil??

    God’s message is that of Love. People doing wrong in the name of God/religion does not make it so.

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      I didn’t realize I HAD to respect christianity. To what god(s) are you referring? There are millions of recorded gods in an array of cultures and throughout human history. I refuse arguments from ignorance, one needs to prove god’s existence first. Making the leap to a specific god(s) is another inane task.

      Children have little choice growing up. They are eager to please and believe. Christian faiths throughout history and contemporarily deny functioning medicine and science.

      To answer, “If I killed 20 people and claimed I was following YOUR wishes, does that make YOU evil??”, it makes you crazy.

      God(s) have so many messages, thrilled to see you are picking one that is now widely acceptable and thrilled that we aren’t in the time of Exodus.

      • I’m sorry friend. It was not my intention to insinuate that you MUST do anything. My comment was in reference of the God of Christianity, seeing how that is the theseus of the posting. Also, I spelled God with a capital (as in the God) not god as in “a god.” If you had been writing about ancient egyptians then specifics would have been an issue.

        Perhaps you misunderstood the metaphor. When people do wrong, many times they use religion as a scapegoat. It is illogical to blame God or ideas meant for good on the actions of bad people.

        Moreover, I respect your ideas and right to voice your oppinion. I would urge you to explore your feelings and why you feel that way. You may find that it’s not God you are upset with.

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