American Madrassas

David Byrne reviews a new documentary from Loki films called Jesus Camp. In which a preacher indoctrinates young children in a summer camp in North Dakota to become an “army” for Jesus.

There were some perfect sound bites — at one point Pastor Fischer instructs the little ones that they should be willing to die for Christ, and the little ones obediently agree. She may even use the word martyr, which has a shocking echo in the Middle East. I can see future suicide bombers for Jesus — the next step will be learning to fly planes into buildings. Of course, the grownups would say, “Oh no, we’re not like them” — but they admit that the principal difference is simply that “We’re right.”

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