Jesus Camp Anti-Religion?

by Michael Lerman
March 14, 2007 2:18 AM
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I was disturbed to hear from a non-industry friend recently that he had not gone to see Jesus Camp because he was under the impression that it was anti-religion. I tried to explain to him that, first and foremost, Jesus Camp isn’t anti-anything. The films greatest strength is in its non-judgmental style, providing us with “facts” and letting us draw our own conclusions. Also, it does not portray ALL religions or not every piece of one religion, just a certain disturbing (in my opinion) interpretation of Christianity. It is a film for Christian’s and non-Christian’s alike. Its subjects praise it as a document and others, including myself, praise it as a warning.

I think what bothered me the most about hearing this out of my friend is that I consider him to be a fairly progressive person and one that I think would greatly appreciate the film for many of its merits. Do others have this perception? Would the film have done better at the box-office if this perception was not circulating, assuming it is? I’m going to set out to find out, but I wanted to post here to see if anyone has thoughts.

I know this is a rather naïve set of questions. Every time a film is released that is potential criticism of Christian, rumors and controversy circulate around it. But for reason I thought Jesus Camp had broken that mold. I guess I was wrong.

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1 Comment

  • Rob | June 14, 2007 2:03 AMReply

    The film "Jesus Camp" was, in my opinion, slanted more towards the American political left. The radio host in the movie was clearly biased more towards the left. I also heard it was anti-religious, but it was fair, no narrator telling the viewer that these people were crazy. In my opinion they were not crazy, becuase they really believed they had the truth. I am an avid atheist who thinks that basically religion is the source of many of the major problems in the world today, but "Jesus Camp" did not try to tell you anything. I thought it was pretty well balanced in demonstrating what this facet of christians believe, and what the non-fundamentalists (the radio host) believe. A good movie, as terrifying as it is. Terrifying by allowing these people to spread their message of fundamentalist views (indoctrination of faith, abolition of other faiths, "one nation under god", rejecting scientific facts, etc).