Westboro Baptist Church and Charismatic Christian Summer Essay

Submitted By millieelvin
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How could the two pieces of media effect someones belief in God?

The first piece of media, Jesus Camp, is an American documentary filmed in 2006 and follows the experience on a charismatic Christian Summer Camp. The camp is for children during their summer too practice their prophetic gifts and being taught that they can "take back America for Christ. The distributor claims it “doesn't come with any prepackaged point of view" and tries to be "an honest and impartial depiction of one faction of the evangelical Christian community" . However you could argue it effects someones belief in good by the way it is produced and filmed. There is one scene during the film showing a boy lying on the floor vigularsly shaking during a practice at the camp. I think this may push away from believing in God. Another example that may push people away from being in God is the violence the camp encourage in the children. In one scene they are given hammers to smash white coffee mugs to represent that they're at war with the government. They chant “Righteous Judges!” at the same time.

The second piece of media, Americas Most Hated Family, was filmed a year later in 2007. Again made in America is was aired on BBC Two. It focuses on the Westboro Baptist Church and and shows a family who works and believes strongly that “God hates fags”. The family in one way could be seen as disrespectful for example they attended the funeral of a solider names Kevin Ziegler who died in Iraq trying to