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10/30/2006

On A More Serious Note

If you want to get into the Halloween spirit and see a really scary...I mean terrifying...movie, go check out Jesus Camp. People who know me know that I am not religious, but they also understand that I have no problem with others' beliefs. I do feel like it is mostly a personal matter. I would never impose my atheism on anyone and I expect the same courtesy.

I have to admit that I am not so comfortable and open-minded when it comes to Evangelicals. In Jesus Camp, you learn how they "use" children to become "soldiers for God's Army." It scared the crap out of me and made me really angry. The kids at the camp that is profiled in the film looked pretty frightened too. I didn't see a lot of smiling, laughing, playful youngsters, but instead several crying, sobbing, terror-stricken children.

It's one thing if you are an adult and choose to adopt a certain set of beliefs and practices, but I find it disgusting to see innocent kids, with so much potential, being brain-washed and scared into that lifestyle. I'd love to see a follow up documentary in twenty years. Just out of curiousity.

That's all I have to say about that. I try to avoid serious, controversial issues on this silly little blog of mine, but this one has been gnawing away at my brain, which I thought was perfect timing for tomorrow's holiday.

2 comments:

Stan said...

Yup. They'll eat your brain.

And on a related note, have you seen this?

http://www.getbehindjesus.net

madretz said...

I saw the woman on tv somewhere and she scared the crap out of me, too. I was so uncomfortable with how she handles her faith that I had to change the channel. Certainly not the proactive way to respond to my disagreement to her methods but she was so violent in her methods, it was more than conviction, it was brain washing through terror and fear. Not cool at all.
Thanks for bringing this up. Every now and then we just need to put this stuff out there.

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