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Film Review: Jesus Camp

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If you’re a goat-raping, baby-eating, George W. Bush-hating heathen like me, Jesus Camp is the horror movie of the year, offering a snapshot of red-state America that's more terrifying than all the Japanese ghosts and blood-and-guts effects wizardry of Hollywood combined -- and it's all the scarier for being real.

Watch as children are transformed into Soldiers of the Lord!
Listen as they are taught unquestioning obedience!
Scream in terror as George W. Bush is idolized as Christ's emissary on earth!

Featuring excellent shooting and spare, compact editing, Jesus Camp is one of the best documentaries of the year. It focuses on youth pastor Becky Fischer, the founder of Kids on Fire, a summer camp in Devil's Lake, North Dakota (where apparently even Christians aren’t immune to irony). This evangelical boot camp "trains up" children in the ways of the Lord, churning out pint-sized soldiers who Fischer hopes will eventually "take back America for Christ."