natesmountain (natesmountain) wrote,

Jesus Camp strikes again

I had such a busy day at school, I can't even imagine where to start. Suffice to say, we did a lot of talking about Jesus Camp. One girl got really upset but we couldn't quite get to the bottom of what was hurting her, and she cried for a moment, trying to tell us how important her bible is to her, but it wasn't anything to do with the documentary. I suspect it has something to do with her parents splitting up a long time ago and a lot of baggage she brought to the lessons these past couple of weeks.

On a better note we have come to a good place with the one Muslim in the class, because the teacher on Jesus Camp is really anti-Muslim, and was chanting, 'This means war!' and so on. The girl in my class understands that none of us feel like that and was able to talk about the woman's views to my guest for the day. We talked about what was good about the camp and what was, in our opinion, so very wrong. It was fascinating to hear what the girls had to say. We talked about how the evangelicals seem to focus so much on the devil, on 'Satan's work', how you can't rest while Satan is on the prowl! And how if the power goes out or the microphone doesn't work, that's Satan too! I think our faith for children is more focused on working towards Jesus, on avoiding doing things Jesus wouldn't like, rather than saying 'you're doing the devil's work', which is so negative and scary.

The camp has now been closed in North Dakota. There was a whack of vandalism, maybe after this documentary aired. The pastor claimed her camp wasn't political, but I'd say, 'why did you have a life size cutout of George Bush at the meeting?'

And we had a good example of irony - the Jesus Camp (it's real name is something like Kids on Fire) was located in North Dakota at... wait for it... Devil's Lake *g*
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