The Jesus Camp documentary prompted wildly different reactions, from glowing praise to threats of personal injury. Some of the film’s most vocal detractors accused Fischer of brainwashing children, and others swore they would burn down her church.
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The American evangelical organisation Kids in Ministry trains children as young as five in the gifts of healing, prophecy and speaking in tongues. Mick Brown attended its Extreme Prophetic Conference in Missouri.
The camp is discontinued because of negative reaction sparked by the film and recent vandalism at the camp site.
The Jesus Camp documentary has exposed Becky Fisher to attacks.
Becky Fischer is still dealing with the aftereffects of the massive publicity wave that followed the release of the documentary Jesus Camp which focused on her Kids on Fire prayer camps.
Perhaps a post on the Pentecostal Rumination and Review website sums up the conflicting emotions most succinctly: I love this film. I hate this film. It was the escalating debate over religion’s place in politics that shaped Jesus Camp, which follows a group of youngsters at the Kids on Fire camp in Devil’s Lake, N.D. Led by Fischer, the kids preach, pray and speak in tongues. They’re encouraged to repent their sins, to cradle plastic fetuses and to ask God to guide President Bush in nominating anti-abortion judges. Footage of them praying in front of a cardboard cutout of the president ranks among the more incendiary moments.
When Becky Fischer of Bismarck gave permission for a pair of documentary filmmakers to film at her Kids on Fire prayer camps, she felt good about the idea. She had met the filmmakers; she liked them. But even before the release of the film, Jesus Camp, bloggers were spreading the word about it: We lost control of the message before the movie was even released, Fischer said.
Pastor Becky Fischer, director of an evangelical Christian summer camp featured in the controversial documentary “Jesus Camp,” told “Good Morning America” that she did not manipulate children’s emotions.
Jesus Camp, a documentary feature film that follows evangelical Christian children at a religious summer camp, won prizes and critical praise on the summer festival circuit, but it wasn’t until its quiet opening in the Midwest two weeks ago that a news clip about the film hit YouTube.com, inciting a whirlwind of controversy.
Holy war is coming. Thank you, Jesus. That’s the tone of a disturbing new documentary called Jesus Camp. The film, by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, takes us to a Bible camp called Kids On Fire, where the children of evangelical Christians are indoctrinated in a militant faith that sees nonbelievers as opponents and secular government as an enemy to overthrow.