Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Jesus Camp

I ran across Catspaw's blog entry about a documentary called Jesus Camp. I had not heard anything about this film. These kids are being brought up to be fanatics with an unrealistic black-and-white view of the world.

The trailer scared me.

In the second flim clip on the official website, the leader of this camp talks about Muslim camps which indoctrinate children to believe so fully in Islam that they are willing to sacrifice their own lives for the cause. She wants to have Christian children be the same way, eager to kill themselves "for the sake of the Gospel" because they "have the truth."

Excuse me, ma'am, but don't you think that forcing and persuading children to be martyrs is an atrocity? According to most Christian teachings, Jesus loves children, and he'd be happy to have so many children loving him, but don't you think he would be the first to stand up to prevent 5- and 10- and 15-year-olds from engaging in warfare? Children should not comprise the vanguard of any military conflict. War is created by adults and should be resolved by adults. Unfortunately, children are often the worst casualties in conflicts, but they should not be used as tools to violently propagate ideologies.

I think that this replication of Islamic extremists' inhumane methods of promoting violence and terror is a relinquishment of whatever righteousness your religious group may (incidently) have possessed, and an action that disgraces you to an evil equivalent to those over whom you are trying to triumph. You should take the moral high ground and not stoop to match the contemptible level of your enemies.

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