Jesus Camp

Last night, I watched the documentary Jesus Camp. I was told by multiple people that it was very difficult to watch–and it was.  I was surfing the web about the movie this morning and read the site by the people who ran the church.  They said they didn’t understand why it had a PG-13 rating or understand why it made people uncomfortable.  I’m sure many people have written long in-depth reviews and criticisms of the movie. That’s not my goal here, nor do I think I have enough words.  I haven’t even fully digested a lot of the movie–I need to think on it for a while.  But I do want to say a few of many reasons it made me uncomfortable.

Starting with a mother who said that she felt her children were on loan to her from god.  I don’t have children, but I can’t imagine telling them that they were anyone’s but mine. I can’t imagine telling them that someone loved them more than I did.

Then, these parents send their children to this camp, to worship a god who they claim will love them unconditionally no matter what, and give them this so called gift of grace.  But in order to get this love, these children have to “give up everything” and be willing to “lay down their life” for god.  Well these fluffy words are just a nice way of saying god loves you even though you are a piece of shit. And you better believe that you are a worthless piece of shit because you  were born a bad person, even though your god has a special plan for you.  But once you start believing in god you’re not a piece of shit anymore, so isn’t that a really nice gift??? These children are laying on the ground crying about what awful people they are, and this is the parents idea of character building. It is just disgusting to me.

When I was first becoming an atheist, I wasn’t sure how I felt about not telling my future kids things like, Jesus loves you. But now I am perfectly okay with it.  It starts as something cute and nice but turns into a toxic disease. I’d much rather my children learn to appreciate their family, the days they have, and love themselves for who they are.  If I send my kids to camp, it will be the kind where they work on team work and go canoeing and rock climbing and tell ghost stories.  Not where they grow a relationship with a passive aggressive god who demands them to leave everything behind.

Stay Adorable,

M.C.

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8 thoughts on “Jesus Camp

  1. I completely agree. I haven’t seen the movie, though one of my friends has suggested it to me, saying I “might find it interesting.” Glad I made the right choice not to. It made me feel uncomfortable just reading about it…

    When I used to believe in God and was studying in a Catholic school, I’d always wondered how that worked: a parent’s love for his/her child and its correlation to loving God. It’s all just disgusting when you think about how they’ll tell you they love you and how all that changes when you decide their beliefs just aren’t your thing.

    Oh, well. Glad I found your blog. 🙂

  2. Stumbleupon brought me to this post on your blog, and I must say it’s heartwarming and refreshing to find another who believes as I, and many others out there, I know, do. I’ll definitely be keeping tabs on this one. 🙂

  3. I hated that film for all the right reasons. It was tragic and upsetting. However it was educational which is a good thing I suppose. It shows people how epically messed up religion and kids can get when combined.

  4. “If religious instruction were not allowed until the child had attained the age of reason, we would be living in a quite different world.” – Christopher Hitchens

    Best to get those little kiddos into camp for a early brainwashing…

    Mistress M
    http://www.giveheadandheart.com

  5. I just had my first son and he is mine! Not this so called God. I would despise my mother if she was to tell me that I was on loan from God. So ridiculous.

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