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  1. "Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths, and miracles as poetic fantasies. To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing.The child mind accepts and believes them, and only through great pain and perhaps tragedy can he be in after years relieved of them."

    "Reserve your right to think, for even to think wrongly is better than not to think at all."
    Hypatia of Alexanderia

  2. I went to Jesus Camp in Ligoneer PA. The camp wasn’t nearly as radical as this one. I do not remember any teachings I only remember the horrible aspects of the weeks I spent there.

    They had a huge outdoor rock wall and we had to climb it. Well, being 10/11 I was petrified to climb to the top. Before I went to do the rock wall a rather large councilor attempted it before me. She couldn’t get 2 feet off of the ground so they let her down. I get about 5/6 feet up and panic and want down. Thinking they wouldn’t have a problem with it I asked them if I could come down. That wasn’t ok with these Christian councilors. They kept saying “Jesus will help you to the top,” “Jesus wouldn’t want you to give up on him,” and many other pushy bullshit excuses and they refused to let me down so I let go of the wall and just hung there. Putting all of my weight on the ropes. Again, this wasn’t enough so another councilor came up with me and kept saying that Jesus would be disappointed in me if I didn’t complete the wall. Long story short, I was forced to go to the top. The councilors asked me if I felt good that I completed it, I flat out said no and that I wouldn’t ever do it again.

    This is only one of the many horrible things that happened to me at Jesus camp. I’m still petrified of rock walls and refuse to go on them. A lot of Christians are fake and are seriously mean to kids and manipulate them. It’s a rather toxic environment.

  3. Fun fact to anyone watching:

    Shortly after this documentary was released, the anti-gay Pastor Ted Haggard (around the 1:05:00 mark) was outed for having a three-year relationship with a male prostitute, whom he also bought meth from.

    Delicious hypocrisy lol

  4. There is a fine line between teaching children your religious traditions and brainwashing them into "warriors". Not believing in evolution is one thing, but teaching your children that it's stupid to subscribe to science is not loving or tolerant. Calling out children for being "phony and sinful" to the point where they are crying is abusive and definitely NOT how Jesus would have approached children. And why the hell are they waving abortion rhetoric in these kids' faces?! THEY'RE CHILDREN! No matter what you believe on abortion, that topic should not have ANY place in a children's camp! How many of those kids were psychologically disturbed by that guy's anti-abortion presentation?

    (And on a side note, Harry Potter is a wizard, NOT a warlock! If you're going to denounce fantasy books that encourage free thinking and imagination, at least get your facts straight!)

  5. Fun fact: Catholic leadership in America is pushing the adoption of a lot of the Pentecostal practices seen in this film. Do look up the Youth Conferences at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. I attended two years in a row when I was still living with my Catholic father. The whole environment there is intoxicating. People who go there are encouraged to bring their secular and non-Catholic friends to the conference so they can be brainwashed by the culty atmosphere there.

  6. I don't have anything against christianity. BUT people like these parents really are messed up. My mom raised me and my sisters this way for a good portion of our childhood. We went through a lot of unhappiness and it feels like It was all for nothing, My mom doesn't even go to church anymore or practice everything she raised us to believe. it just felt like some sick way of controlling us. This is not the right way to practice christianity.

  7. Sad thing is it has gotten worse since this has been filmed. Their numbers are dwindling so they have to amp up the crazy indoctrination. I'm so glad I never brainwashed my kids, it may be the only thing I did right in my entire life.

  8. This is a religious cult. The kids are being brainwashed and radicalized. I never knew this is how these Christian wackos did their indoctrination. The tragedy in all of this nonsense is these fundamentalists are replicating themselves with young kids. Oh the horror.

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