Monday, October 23, 2006
There is a controversial movie currently out in theaters, called Jesus Camp. This movie depicts the indoctrination of born again Christians at a summer camp, in this case run by Becky Fischer and her ministry, Kids in Minstry International. I have not seen this movie, but I have read about what it depicts. Namely, the film depicts the total indoctrination and brainwashing of Christian children. In this film, you see children chanting "Righteous judges!" (re: overturning Roe v. Wade) You see children praying for George W. Bush. You see home schooled kids talk about science revisionism. You see the normal gay bashing, sexuality bashing, etc. My take on this movement is the following... My minimum threshold for religious movements I do not fear is that the religious movement should not advocate head chopping. If said religious movement does not advocate head chopping, then I will not be in as active fear that I am about head chopping faiths. However sick and twisted the children are in the Jesus Camp movie, they do not advocate head chopping. As such, they do not earn the sort of scorn that I hold for the Islamofascists. That said, they are also working against what it takes to fight the Islamofascists. If we hope to win the battle against Islamofascism, we have to outsmart them, and use every weapon in our arsenal. As such, the biggest threat that the Christonutjob movement is to America today is the way in which it is anti-thought and anti-science. If we hope to defeat Islamofascism, the only way we will accomplish this is by cutting the dependence we have on Arab oil. That is the only way. We are literally funding our own destruction when we pay for oil as we do. Now, yes, there is of course the environmental concern about how oil causes global warming. But the oft-ignored problem is that we are funding our own destruction when we buy the black gold. We need to rally the best and brightest from our generation to figure out an alternative fuel source, and the anti-science and anti-thought teachings of evangelicals directly works against this. I have other thoughts about the Jesus Camp kids. I actually am so disgusted with the way Americans are taught lies in the classroom (about Israel, the US), that a part of me trusts Evangelicals to have the gumption to fight the Islamofascists more than I trust fellow atheists/secularists. This is a sad state of affairs. While the Jesus Campers are being brainwashed, the secularists in this country (and the world) are being brainwashed as well, but it is a different sort of brainwashing - it is the sort of brainwashing against this country and Israel that led to the Rachel Corrie phenomenom. I view Rachel Corrie as emblematic of all that is wrong with the secular education that is taught in this country. In short, secularists as well as Jesusists are being taught a web of lies in school! Finally, even if I trust the Jesusists to have the gumption to fight the Islamofascists more than I trust most secularists, I also rue the notion of having to become the United States of Saudi Arabia in order to fight Islamofascism. It would be bitter irony if this is the only way we can fight them. I also do not believe this to be so. I believe that a complete revamping of the American education system is necessary, from top to bottom. Examples of how secularists are themselves indoctrinated to believe lies is found in the website Students for Academic Freedom. I do not view the Jesusists are presenting a great alternative to Islamofascism. They present an alternative which contains no gay rights, Christianity merged with the State, a lack of belief in science, censorship of 'licentious' material, and of course no abortion rights and lack of access to contraceptives. This is not a state I want to live in! Secularists, we have to get our act together and present a united front against Islamofascism, which, if it were to win, would allow the Jesusists to be dhimmis, and would annhiliate us all! We are truly the #1 threat to Islamofascism, because we THINK! The Jesusists may have the gumption to fight Islamofascists, but they in fact share the common goal of creating a religious state! The fact that there are groups such as Queers for Palestine is an abomination! Let's get our act together so that the world is not faced with the choice of Jesusism or Islamofascism. There must be a third choice! Secularism and freedom of thought is necessary to win the war against Islamofascism, but it is also necessary to create a real alternative to the United States of Saudi Arabia. EDIT: I want to summarize my opinion. I view the Jesusists as frightening in what they are advocating and their non-thought. I do not believe this is the way to win the war against Islamofascism, and even if it is, it would be a sad world to live in if we have to appease the Jesusists to win. However, I simply do not trust the secuarlists to fight Islamofascism, and I believe that while secularism is a pro-thought and pro-rationality line perspective, it has been taken over by those who are themselves anti-thought and anti-rationality. They are not true secularists and in fact have sullied secularism by their association with it. These people have a religion of sorts of their own, a twisted and illogical attachment to the religion of anti-Americanism, anti-Israelism, and anti-thought in general. In order to win the war against Islamofascism, we must take back secularism from the grip of these non-thinkers! We must go back to the secularism of the Enlightenment! These secularists claim to believe in freedom of speech, but will squash real thought in the classroom. They pretend to be enlightened while they are doing everything they can to promote Islamofascism. They are Rachel Corrie-izing the youths of the world! And thus, those who value thought and freedom face a battle on three fronts: a) Fighting against Islamofascism; b) Fighting against the Jesusization of this country; c) Fighting the anti-thought and pro-terrorism secularists within our own ranks! We cannot forget how important (C) is. If we hope to live in a world that values truth, justice, and the American way, we have to continually be aware of how important it is to fight those who claim to be spreading truth and justice while in truth they are spreading lies and hatred. This is the mission that all true secularists face today.