Thursday, November 09, 2006


Light a Candle

It seems that shinning a light into the dark places of human behavior can have salutary effects. The documentary Jesus Camp looked into a particularly unlit corner of the human soul, where it is considered a good thing to frighten and brainwash children into becoming fanatical warriors for Christ, every bit as willing to kill for religion as any Al-Qaeda jihadist.

The camp's director, Becky Fischer, originally welcomed the documentary's depiction of the program, apparently under the delusion that it would be a good advertisement. Reality intrudes:

The summer camp "Kids on Fire" where children would tearfully beg God to end abortion and bless President Bush, will shut down for at least several years after a documentary about the camp. ...

Titled "Jesus Camp," the documentary sparked a negative reaction, said the camp's director.

"Right now we're just not a safe ministry," Becky Fischer, the fiery pentecostal pastor featured in "Jesus Camp," said Tuesday.

As an American, all I can say is "Thank God!"

Via Pharyngula.

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