Jesus Camp [2006] [PG-13] - 1.2.0

 
 

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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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Documentary that focuses on an evangelical Christian summer camp, "Kids in Ministry International" (KIMI), where activities include speaking in tongues, and children are taught that "science doesn't prove anything," and that they are members of an Army of God that will fight to end abortion. With Becky Fischer and Mike Papantonio. Directed by Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady. [1:25]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A girl talks about dancing for Jesus vs. dancing "for the flesh." Several boys are bare-chested while getting ready for bed. We see Ken and Barbie dolls dressed like Adam and Eve, with leaves covering their private parts.

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - People talk about children "laying down their lives" for their religion, and to, "Give up your life for Jesus."
 We see children speaking in tongues and thrashing around on the floor during several prayer group scenes. Children wear red tape over their mouths with the word "Life" written on it during a protest. Children break coffee mugs with the word "government" on them.
 A woman talks about making "war with prophecies." People talk about evangelical programs for children, and we see children walking along streets, approaching strangers and asking them, "If you were to die right now what do you think would happen to you?" People talk about mean-spirited messages. A woman says that children are "so useable in Christianity."

PROFANITY 0 - Name-calling (stupid). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - None.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Christianity, Evangelical Christianity, Radical Evangelical Christianity, terrorism, culture wars, the political process, evolution vs. creationism, science vs. mysticism, global warming, home-schooling, Judeo-Christian values, obedience, complacency, separation of church and state, abortion, purity, repentance, fear of dying, martyrdom, The Supreme Court, Justice Samuel Alito, extreme Liberals, brain washing, promises, hypocrisy, guilt, rejection, temptation, sin, righteousness, authoritarianism.

MESSAGE - There are branches of evangelical Christianity that are led by extremists who will use children as political props, and may be confusing spiritual warfare with actual violence and thus be turning some children into future terrorists.

(Note: Children sob and cry while they pray, children pledge allegiance to the Christian flag and the Bible, and people pray over electrical equipment and other devices asking that they do not break down during a camp session.)

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