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28th Oct '12 6:04:17 AM SeptimusHeap
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[[caption-width-right:300:In the Lord we trust.]]

''Jesus Camp'' is a {{documentary}} about Kids on Fire School of Ministry, a fundamentalist Christian summer camp in North Dakota, and about three children from Christian families in Missouri who go there. It examines how the evangelical movement seeks to attain political power in the United States, and how they are seeking to convert young children in order to further their agenda.

It is also one of the single greatest sources of horror on the face of the Earth, regardless of what you believe. Even some more moderate fundamentalists, who are afraid that people will think all fundamentalists are like those in the movie, consider this film terrifying.

Shortly after the film was released, the camp closed indefinitely. [[note]]It's since been reorganized under the name "Kids in Ministry International".[[/note]]
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!!This film contains examples of the following tropes:

* ArmouredClosetGay: A scandal that transpired [[HarsherInHindsight after the film's release]] revealed that pastor Ted Haggard's condemnation of homosexuality apparently had quite a bit of this in the subtext.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: A speaker tells Levi that God chose him (Levi) to become a faithful Christian and preacher before he was born.
* BlatantLies: "I am not going after my kids politically..."
** This is ''after'' footage of a camp meeting where Becky instructed the kids to pray for GeorgeWBush, complete with a cardboard cutout of the same.
** And after recordings of Becky telling the children that we need more "godly" people in government and after footage of the kids protesting abortion in front of the White House.
* BoomerangBigot: Becky tells the children that there are too many "fat and lazy" Christians who don't want to "give up their evening meals" and "fast for three days." She was quite heavy when this footage was taken, and she doesn't make any exceptions for people who are heavy due to a condition.
* {{Brainwashed}}: More or less admitted by the people featured in the film; when accused of doing so during an interview, the ministry's head pastor responded by saying:
--> ''"I'd like to see more churches indoctrinate."''
* TheChosenMany: What speakers at Jesus Camp tells the kids they are.
* ChristianRock: Various Christian forms of contemporary music styles are mentioned and shown.
* CulturePolice: One of the guys running the camp chides the boys for telling ghost stories because ghost stories don't further their religious goals.
* TheCutie: A lot of the kids are absolutely ''adorable'' when they're allowed to just be themselves.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything / FridgeHorror: The head pastor at the camp talks about turning the children into an "army of God," and tells the kids that they should be ready to lay down their lives in the name of God. Explicit comparisons to Muslim extremists are brought up... by the ''pastor'', who openly acknowledges that she was ''inspired'' by the way that they indoctrinate their youth.
* DropTheHammer: Kids use a hammer to smash ceramic cups symbolizing the things they want to break down, to symbolize "breaking the power of the Devil."
* HomeschooledKids: Several of the children are homeschooled. We see some of their lessons, including a video about Creationism teaching that ScienceIsWrong.
* ManipulativeBastard: There are elements of this at times. The camp seems to have a method of making the kids cry and then using their emotional tumult to really cement their message.
** Relevant or otherwise, this and similar are popular tactics for indoctrinating child soldiers; break them psychologically, then give them an out in the form of enlisting. Here, you make the kids cry, then persuade them to work for Jesus in His armies.
* MeaningfulName: The camp was held near [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Devil's Lake]]. Make of it what you will.
* MilitaryBrat: Tory's dad is in the army.
* MusicForCourage
* NoodleImplements: As Becky shows the camera crew some of her "activities" for the kids to do, such brain-shaped Jell-O molds, some weird things pop up. A scythe and fake heart come to mind, as does a small stoplight.
* NegatedMomentOfAwesome: Becky uses a plush lion cub to represent sin early in life, when it (supposedly) looks "cute and cuddly." Then she picks up a plush lion. Now, anyone familiar with the Bible might reasonably expect her to quote or paraphrase 1 Peter 5:8 (which likens Satan to a prowling lion), but instead she swings the lion plush around by the tail says that if you give in you'll eventually realize "you've got a tiger by the tail." Basically, Becky had the ''perfect chance'' to use actual scripture, but instead used a ''badly'' shoehorned figure of speech.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Really, who thought it was a good idea to call the camp ''Kids on Fire''?! (And for bonus points, it was held in [[FireAndBrimstoneHell Devils Lake]], ND.)
* OnlySaneMan: Mike Papantonio, a radio host and devout Methodist who criticizes the evangelical movement, claiming that their fire-and-brimstone preaching runs counter to what Jesus preached in the Sermon on the Mount, and that they are trying to subvert American democracy. Clips from his show are interspersed throughout the film.
* PrinciplesZealot: Becky declares that HarryPotter would have been put to death for sorcery in the old testament, regardless of what kind of hero he was.
* ReligiousHorror: According to Fischer's doctrine, the possibility of {{Satan}} and his demons literally destroying you is a very real one.
* ScienceIsBad: Levi says "personally, I think Galileo made the right choice giving up science for Christ."
* ScienceIsWrong: The children are taught that science is wrong about the big bang, evolution, and global warming.
* TakeThat: They seem pretty fond of taking pointless potshots at pop culture. For example:
** Tory says how much she likes Christian metal and rock (fair enough), then says that she could care less about Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan because their music is "mainly based on guys and girls."
** Becky says "Unlike [=McDonald's=], this is not about how fast you can go through the drive-through!"
* TheTheocracy: What the kids are being trained to instate in the US, essentially. Becky even criticizes democracy because democracy means giving everyone equal freedom.
* ThereAreNoCoincidences: Becky apparently thinks that power outages and equipment failures are the work of Satan.
* TotallyRadical: The Christian rap piece heard in the film. "JC is in the house today!" "We kickin' it for Christ!"
* WarIsGlorious: "Take these prophecies and do what the apostle Paul said and make war with them! THIS MEANS WAR! THIS MEANS WAR!" One hopes Becky means ''spiritual'' warfare...
* TheWarOnStraw: The anti-evolution film the kids watch brings up the old "the Big Bang was an explosion" and "came from goo" canards.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: As the documentary goes along, it focuses much more on Levi and Racheal and much less on Tory. We're never really given any reason why either.
* WideEyedIdealist: Many of the kids, but quite noticeably 9-year-old Rachael, who wants to open a manicure salon when she grows up so she can try to convert customers while they're getting their nails done.

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[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/jesus_camp.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:300:In the Lord we trust.]]

''Jesus Camp'' is a {{documentary}} about Kids on Fire School of Ministry, a fundamentalist Christian summer camp in North Dakota, and about three children from Christian families in Missouri who go there. It examines how the evangelical movement seeks to attain political power in the United States, and how they are seeking to convert young children in order to further their agenda.

It is also one of the single greatest sources of horror on the face of the Earth, regardless of what you believe. Even some more moderate fundamentalists, who are afraid that people will think all fundamentalists are like those in the movie, consider this film terrifying.

Shortly after the film was released, the camp closed indefinitely. [[note]]It's since been reorganized under the name "Kids in Ministry International".[[/note]]
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!!This film contains examples of the following tropes:

* ArmouredClosetGay: A scandal that transpired [[HarsherInHindsight after the film's release]] revealed that pastor Ted Haggard's condemnation of homosexuality apparently had quite a bit of this in the subtext.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: A speaker tells Levi that God chose him (Levi) to become a faithful Christian and preacher before he was born.
* BlatantLies: "I am not going after my kids politically..."
** This is ''after'' footage of a camp meeting where Becky instructed the kids to pray for GeorgeWBush, complete with a cardboard cutout of the same.
** And after recordings of Becky telling the children that we need more "godly" people in government and after footage of the kids protesting abortion in front of the White House.
* BoomerangBigot: Becky tells the children that there are too many "fat and lazy" Christians who don't want to "give up their evening meals" and "fast for three days." She was quite heavy when this footage was taken, and she doesn't make any exceptions for people who are heavy due to a condition.
* {{Brainwashed}}: More or less admitted by the people featured in the film; when accused of doing so during an interview, the ministry's head pastor responded by saying:
--> ''"I'd like to see more churches indoctrinate."''
* TheChosenMany: What speakers at Jesus Camp tells the kids they are.
* ChristianRock: Various Christian forms of contemporary music styles are mentioned and shown.
* CulturePolice: One of the guys running the camp chides the boys for telling ghost stories because ghost stories don't further their religious goals.
* TheCutie: A lot of the kids are absolutely ''adorable'' when they're allowed to just be themselves.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything / FridgeHorror: The head pastor at the camp talks about turning the children into an "army of God," and tells the kids that they should be ready to lay down their lives in the name of God. Explicit comparisons to Muslim extremists are brought up... by the ''pastor'', who openly acknowledges that she was ''inspired'' by the way that they indoctrinate their youth.
* DropTheHammer: Kids use a hammer to smash ceramic cups symbolizing the things they want to break down, to symbolize "breaking the power of the Devil."
* HomeschooledKids: Several of the children are homeschooled. We see some of their lessons, including a video about Creationism teaching that ScienceIsWrong.
* ManipulativeBastard: There are elements of this at times. The camp seems to have a method of making the kids cry and then using their emotional tumult to really cement their message.
** Relevant or otherwise, this and similar are popular tactics for indoctrinating child soldiers; break them psychologically, then give them an out in the form of enlisting. Here, you make the kids cry, then persuade them to work for Jesus in His armies.
* MeaningfulName: The camp was held near [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Devil's Lake]]. Make of it what you will.
* MilitaryBrat: Tory's dad is in the army.
* MusicForCourage
* NoodleImplements: As Becky shows the camera crew some of her "activities" for the kids to do, such brain-shaped Jell-O molds, some weird things pop up. A scythe and fake heart come to mind, as does a small stoplight.
* NegatedMomentOfAwesome: Becky uses a plush lion cub to represent sin early in life, when it (supposedly) looks "cute and cuddly." Then she picks up a plush lion. Now, anyone familiar with the Bible might reasonably expect her to quote or paraphrase 1 Peter 5:8 (which likens Satan to a prowling lion), but instead she swings the lion plush around by the tail says that if you give in you'll eventually realize "you've got a tiger by the tail." Basically, Becky had the ''perfect chance'' to use actual scripture, but instead used a ''badly'' shoehorned figure of speech.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Really, who thought it was a good idea to call the camp ''Kids on Fire''?! (And for bonus points, it was held in [[FireAndBrimstoneHell Devils Lake]], ND.)
* OnlySaneMan: Mike Papantonio, a radio host and devout Methodist who criticizes the evangelical movement, claiming that their fire-and-brimstone preaching runs counter to what Jesus preached in the Sermon on the Mount, and that they are trying to subvert American democracy. Clips from his show are interspersed throughout the film.
* PrinciplesZealot: Becky declares that HarryPotter would have been put to death for sorcery in the old testament, regardless of what kind of hero he was.
* ReligiousHorror: According to Fischer's doctrine, the possibility of {{Satan}} and his demons literally destroying you is a very real one.
* ScienceIsBad: Levi says "personally, I think Galileo made the right choice giving up science for Christ."
* ScienceIsWrong: The children are taught that science is wrong about the big bang, evolution, and global warming.
* TakeThat: They seem pretty fond of taking pointless potshots at pop culture. For example:
** Tory says how much she likes Christian metal and rock (fair enough), then says that she could care less about Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan because their music is "mainly based on guys and girls."
** Becky says "Unlike [=McDonald's=], this is not about how fast you can go through the drive-through!"
* TheTheocracy: What the kids are being trained to instate in the US, essentially. Becky even criticizes democracy because democracy means giving everyone equal freedom.
* ThereAreNoCoincidences: Becky apparently thinks that power outages and equipment failures are the work of Satan.
* TotallyRadical: The Christian rap piece heard in the film. "JC is in the house today!" "We kickin' it for Christ!"
* WarIsGlorious: "Take these prophecies and do what the apostle Paul said and make war with them! THIS MEANS WAR! THIS MEANS WAR!" One hopes Becky means ''spiritual'' warfare...
* TheWarOnStraw: The anti-evolution film the kids watch brings up the old "the Big Bang was an explosion" and "came from goo" canards.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: As the documentary goes along, it focuses much more on Levi and Racheal and much less on Tory. We're never really given any reason why either.
* WideEyedIdealist: Many of the kids, but quite noticeably 9-year-old Rachael, who wants to open a manicure salon when she grows up so she can try to convert customers while they're getting their nails done.

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21st Oct '12 9:49:33 PM Jeduthun
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Shortly after the film was released, the camp closed indefinitely.

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Shortly after the film was released, the camp closed indefinitely. [[note]]It's since been reorganized under the name "Kids in Ministry International".[[/note]]


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* HomeschooledKids: Several of the children are homeschooled. We see some of their lessons, including a video about Creationism teaching that ScienceIsWrong.
8th Oct '12 3:10:55 AM EmmaWoodhouse18
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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything / FridgeHorror: The head pastor at the camp talks about turning the children into an "army of God," and tells the kids that they should be ready to lay down their lives in the name of God. Explicit comparisons to Muslim extremists are brought up... by the ''pastor'', who openly acknowledges that she was ''inspired'' by the way that they indoctrinate their youth

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything / FridgeHorror: The head pastor at the camp talks about turning the children into an "army of God," and tells the kids that they should be ready to lay down their lives in the name of God. Explicit comparisons to Muslim extremists are brought up... by the ''pastor'', who openly acknowledges that she was ''inspired'' by the way that they indoctrinate their youthyouth.
8th Oct '12 3:10:19 AM EmmaWoodhouse18
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* {{Brainwashed}}: A case can be made that this is being done to the kids in this film. When accused of doing so during an interview, the ministry's head pastor responded by saying:

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* {{Brainwashed}}: A case can be made that this is being done to More or less admitted by the kids people featured in this film. When the film; when accused of doing so during an interview, the ministry's head pastor responded by saying:
1st Jul '12 1:50:53 AM LordGro
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1st Jul '12 1:50:17 AM LordGro
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* ChickTracts: One of the kids is seen passing out Jack Chick's comic tracts at a bowling alley.
31st May '12 9:13:01 AM Angeldeb82
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** This is ''after'' footage of a camp meeting where Becky instructed the kids to pray for [[GeorgeWBush George W. Bush]], complete with a cardboard cutout of the same.

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** This is ''after'' footage of a camp meeting where Becky instructed the kids to pray for [[GeorgeWBush George W. Bush]], GeorgeWBush, complete with a cardboard cutout of the same.



* FranchiseKiller: Sort of, anyway. The outcry after this movie was released caused the camp to be closed down.
17th May '12 2:08:21 AM SeptimusHeap
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It is also one of the single greatest sources of HighOctaneNightmareFuel on the face of the Earth, regardless of what you believe. Even some more moderate fundamentalists, who are afraid that people will think all fundamentalists are like those in the movie, consider this film terrifying.

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It is also one of the single greatest sources of HighOctaneNightmareFuel horror on the face of the Earth, regardless of what you believe. Even some more moderate fundamentalists, who are afraid that people will think all fundamentalists are like those in the movie, consider this film terrifying.
16th May '12 5:54:56 PM MagBas
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* AffablyEvil: Despite preaching a genuinely terrifying philosophy, and preaching it to children while using quite a few scare tactics in the process, head pastor Becky Fischer seems to have a genuinely polite and motherly disposition. The contrast makes her sermons all the scarier, really.

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* AffablyEvil: Despite preaching a genuinely terrifying philosophy, and preaching it to children while using quite a few scare tactics in the process, head pastor Becky Fischer seems to have a genuinely polite and motherly disposition. The contrast makes her sermons all the scarier, really.



* CrapsackWorld: Becky's view of everything outside her camp and its preachings.



* {{Cult}}: According to [[{{YMMV}} some reviewers]], the camp is an example ([[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment and we should probably leave it there]]).



* DidNotDoTheResearch: "Our nation was founded on Judeo-Christian values."



* TheFundamentalist: Just about everyone.
* KnightTemplar: Becky.



* ReligiousHorror: According to Fischer's doctrine, the possibility of {{Satan}} and his demons literally destroying you is a very real one. [[{{YMMV}} Those who believe differently]] will probably still find the film horrifying, though for [[CorruptChurch rather different reasons.]]

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* ReligiousHorror: According to Fischer's doctrine, the possibility of {{Satan}} and his demons literally destroying you is a very real one. [[{{YMMV}} Those who believe differently]] will probably still find the film horrifying, though for [[CorruptChurch rather different reasons.]]
7th Apr '12 9:08:20 PM Jobbeybob
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* YouFailBiologyForever: The parents and the camp head preach that evolution is a godless lie that is leading people down the path to Hell, and that "science doesn't prove anything."
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