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      • Youth With a Mission
        I actually enjoyed my summer terms I completed during high school, but returning after high school was a really awful and horrifying experience.

        I don’t have cable, so I’m checking it out on your link…

  1. This sounds both interesting and, for me, difficult to watch. My sister and her family were missionaries in Guinea for years, and their rigid religious beliefs created some real rifts and difficulties for their kids. I imagine you know all about that, Melodye. I’d like to try to watch it though.

    • Thank you for sharing this with me, Lorraine. Wow, I can only imagine the struggles your sister’s kids faced — all members of the family, in fact. Yes, I know it’s hard, very hard, but I don’t imagine the difficulties present themselves in the same way for everyone.

      Did you watch the show? If not, it’s available online. I linked to it in my latest entry, where I gave my own reaction. I’d love to hear what you thought of the video.

  2. Jesus Camp was playing in the independent theatres this fall, and while I missed it, my friends were terrified by the emphasis on Christianity linked with the military, along with an extreme us vs. them right wing almost hatred view.

    I’m curious what you think of it based on your experiences, and on the side for another conversation private or via blog, how you came from such an extreme experience to have such a compassionate, open-minded perspective.

    Here’s a link to the trailer that I saw in the theatres:

    • Thanks for the Jesus Camp trailer, Laura. I watched it with a clenchy stomach, Kleenex clutched in both hands.

      I posted links to The Lord’s Boot Camp (in its entirety) on my latest entry, and I also gave my reactions to the program. Perhaps there’s a hint of an answer to your question…I’d like to explore that with you (and my memoir readers) sometime. It’s a worthwhile conversation, and I appreciate so much the kind thoughts behind your question.

  3. This sounds like another version of Jesus Camp. Honestly, it’s scary. It’s absolute indoctrination and in some cases, brainwashing.

    I’ll look forward to the discussion though. Can’t wait for it!

    • It’s not the same, but there are definitely similarities. Did you watch it? In my most recent entry, I gave my initial reactions, and I also posted links to The Lord’s Boot Camp, which is available online in its entirety. I’d love to hear what you think!

      • You’re right, there were definite differences to Jesus Camp. Though I did find some of it just as chilling.

        I didn’t see your post on it… I must go look for it and jump into the discussion. As you can imagine, I’ve got an opinion on it. lol…

  4. This is very scary – I know what I am about to say will certainly ruffle some feathers, but is the extreme right wing indoctrination of their children any different than what Bin Laden and others are doing? Hatred (the them vs us mentality) is hatred no matter what the guise.

    • Don’t we all “indoctrinate” our children when they are young? It doesn’t just happen to the extreme right or left wingers. Think about it. Don’t you teach your children everyday?

      • No, we don’t indoctrinate or brainwash our children with a ‘them vs us’ mentality… or at least those of us who are caring, thinking adults don’t. Check out these two videos. Turn the volume down and just look at the eyes of the children…they are NOT happy campers doing the Lord’s work but are puppets being pulled by extreme religious fanatics.

        Jesus Boot Camp Part1

        Jesus Boot Camp Part2

        Young children, themselves, do not know that there is a difference between people; between color, between race, between religion, etc … those mean nothing to them … those are a learned response; ones which are learned from their elders, whether it be their parents, teachers, or pastors.

        If you want to leave your children with a path to change the world, teach them The Seeds of Compassion -as is being taught in Seattle this week. The Three C’s of Humanity; Compassion, Connection, and Cooperation

        • I agree. These could be extreme religious muslens fanatics as well. I’m glad that we can agree to disagree and still remain friends. Be sure to check out my blog. It’s been a while since I posted anything but I will shortly. Would love to have you as a friend.

          • Yay — two of my fondest friends linked up on LJ…I love that!

            Fanatic extremism is harmful in any of its iterations. I think we’re all on a quest for spiritual meaning, but I don’t think we have a right to force anyone onto our chosen path. For what it’s worth, I said something similar in my latest post, where I reacted to the Lord’s Boot Camp video. I hope you’ll weigh in with your thoughts.

  5. My husband Tivo this. I watched it and couldn’t help but notice that even though the teens were passionate about their beliefs they weren’t taught tolerant or compassion for those of different faiths. That scares me. Maybe because my mother taught me to respect others beliefs. Even now it makes me cringe when I hear other tear down other faiths.

    I feel uncomfortable with the whole idea of sending youth to third world countries too. And the whole camp premise seemed a little too extreme.

    • Yes, I too noticed that tolerance and compassion were absent. That scares and saddens me, too.

      Agree here with all you’ve said here. Thank you for watching, then weighing in!!!

      (P.S. I think it’s so cool that all those kids were swarming around you, asking about your book at that book fair!!!)

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