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'Jesus Campers' worship pic of Dear Leader

Can The Rapture happen already? I’m tired of these people and ready for them to get the hell out of here and leave us all the flip alone.

The documentary Jesus Camp is in theaters now, and it’s a good look at the evangelical camps for kids that are creating the AmTaliban of tomorrow.

How unhinged are they? Well, I would put bowing before a photo of George W. Bush as a deity as a sign that someone needs to fast-forward the Rapture to n-o-w.

Speaking in tongues, weeping for salvation, praying for an end to abortion and worshipping a picture of President Bush — these are some of the activities at Pastor Becky Fischer’s Bible camp in North Dakota, “Kids on Fire,” subject of the provocative new documentary, “Jesus Camp.”

“I want to see them as radically laying down their lives for the gospel as they are in Palestine, Pakistan and all those different places,” Fisher said. “Because, excuse me, we have the truth.”

“A lot of people die for God,” one camper said, “and they’re not afraid.”

“We’re kinda being trained to be warriors,” said another, “only in a funner way.”

Back in April, Blender Joel, a Texas native who now lives in Brooklyn, got to see a screening of Jesus Camp at the Tribeca Film Fest. Here’s his review.

As an adult, I squirmed in horrid recollection more than once. It is a good movie, more telling especially to those who are completely unaware of the indoctrination (yes, that IS the word, even one of the lead characters admits as much at the end) in which these adults engage. Fear, hatred, and guilt dripped from the screen. The scary part was the fact that these were real people, real children, who participated.

All through it, the lead nutcase running this camp, Pastor Becky, prayed over everything from the PowerPoint software to the electrical panels to the church pews. I found myself wondering, ‘How did the producers of this film ever get access and free reign to film this inside gaggle of god freaks?’ Well, near the end of it, Pastor Becky explains that she just knows this film will scare the liberals out there, once they see how strong and smart the evangelicals are. Huh? No, pastor, what we liberals saw was a freak show and a group of crazies preying on the most innocent and good citizens we have. What we saw was abusive and denial of scientific education. What we saw was the same, tired fearful adults hell bent on instilling their same rabid fear, same denial of youth, and a preaching of superiority over their neighbors.

These folks are such zealots that I’m quite concerned about how far they’ll take their activism. Who will be able to rein these folks in?

“This is an enormous youth movement,” said Lauren Sandler, a secular, liberal feminist from New York City who spent months among the believers researching her new book, “Righteous.”

Sandler says the evangelical youth movement will have a negative impact on the country’s future, because even the most moderate young evangelicals are inflexible on issues such as abortion and gay marriage.

“It’s an absolute, straight-up us-against-them,” Sandler said. “It’s, you’re either with us or you’re against us. … Not only are you a sinner, but you are working for the enemy — the enemy being Satan.”

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