If you have seen this film, and if you are honest with yourself, you have to undoubtedly wonder if this kind of fanaticism is borderline dangerous, not to mention crazy. This film basically reinforces my belief that propaganda is extremely dangerous, especially when it is dogmatic in nature and force fed to five year olds who cannot even decide what flavor of breakfast cereal they want on a given day, much less about abortion and the nature of God.
These children, mostly between the ages of five and twelve years old, are the targets for this complete brainwashing. Children at that age are so impressionable, so easily manipulated, and so prone to mimicry, that they cannot possibly have any definitive, and evaluative stance on life, the world, and the nature of God. So what happens? The Youth Pastor forces their dogma onto innocent children – after that kind of bombardment, they have little hope of ever contemplating or adopting an alternative worldview. These “youth pastors” think they are saving their souls when in fact, they are doing them a grave injustice. Growing crops of children without the ability to think critically or evaluate the world is a very dangerous thing. They are breeding soldiers who take orders without question. What separates this group of people from David Koresh and the Branch Dividions? Not much. And even more disturbing: a fact quoted by Pastor Ted Haggard (who meets with President Bush every Monday) that “if the evangelist vote, they determine the election.”
So do we really want these hysterical people we saw in this film running the country? People who chant gibberish and try to pass it off as spiritual tongues inspired by God? People who cry and fall to the floor, abuse children with their spiritual fiction, and fear Harry Potter? The truth is they are not running the country. They are merely the simple minded, uninformed, easily manipulated majority that keep the wizard behind the curtain.
I don’t like to get too political, but the truth (which everyone in the country is starting to understand) is that President Bush may be inarticulate, less than eloquent, and possibly partially retarded, but he does know one thing: Which group of people can be manipulated to serve the administration’s agenda. I credit him with that. Bush is a corporation disguised as a person. Nonetheless, the administration knows how to gain popular support for their ironically anti-Christian campaign. Using words like axis of evil, and evildoers to liken the war in Iraq to that of a spiritual war waged in the name of God, President Bush can easily appeal to the simple minds of those who appear in this documentary, and gain a political toehold on elections and policy. Something that the Evangelists don’t realize is that they are being used by an administration that does believe in things like evolution, in order to stay in power and to run the country as they please.
The point being, this movement in American is dangerous and volatile. Children should be outside playing and discovering; given the choice of what to think about the world, not praying to a cardboard cutout of Bush. They should not be poisoned with the illogical rantings of their evangelistic parents about issues that are clearly more complicated than if whether they adhere to the bible’s ethics or not. Most importantly, they should be taught how to think, not what to think. Less propaganda, and more propagation of thought in our young minds. A child who is ten years old should not be so disillusioned and warped that when asked, “why did you become a Christian?” Answers, ” i just wanted more out of life.” This is a problem. These children are becoming indoctrinated. The Evangelists assert that these children are being groomed to become more balanced and better equipped to engage in dialogue about the state of the nation and issues, but we all know what happens if you try and talk to a Christian don’t we? We are wrong, and they are right – that’s not dialogue, that is close-mindedness. If the country wants change, then we have to start with children, and telling them that untruths such as evolution isn’t true and the earth is only 6000 years old, and that President Bush is a God fearing man, is starting out on the wrong foot.