Shadows in the campfire

Ted Haggard wants you to watch Jesus Camp THIS MUCH!!

Seeing ol’ Pastor Ted was only one of many disturbing experiences we had watching the documentary Jesus Camp, which gives us a look into the bizarre practices of the Christian Charistmatic movement, and how it is wielded to forge new generations of believers. The documentary unfolds like a slow-motion train wreck, as we watch the emotionally manipulative church leaders indoctrinating young children with belief systems that are openly hostile towards good reason.

I felt angry through most of the documentary, and pitied the poor children subjected to these manipulations. I also remain hopeful that the Charismatic movement of Christianity is not a typical sampling of Christian faith. If Jesus saw it, I hope he’d be seriously pissed.

Another disturbing scene in the documentary was a group of kids being made to pledge their allegiance to the Christianized American flag: I pledge allegiance to the Christian Flag, and to the Savior for whose Kingdom it stands. One Savior, crucified, risen, and coming again with life and liberty to all who believe. Maybe our poor laws are no match for the untold number of people who desire to restore the long-divorced church and state.

Jesus Camp is one of the best documentaries I have seen in a long time. Go rent it! And post comments on what you think of it.

Figure 2: Pastor Ted demonstrates the preacher power move that has come to be known as the Meth Magnet.

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