Friday, September 22, 2006

Friday Musings..

I am normally very alert and awake when I drive. But this morning I felt like I was in a thick fog like being in the arms of a passionate lover and as if affirmation of our relationship could only be gained by never letting go. I had to down a huge cup of coffee to dispel it. And it’s Friday and I needed my Zzzzs but every one was more chirpier than normal and wants to talk. Yikes!

Been asked by both John our train conductor and Mr. X on the train as to where my jacket was. It’s around 49 deg F (9 deg C), so it’s rather cool in the morning but I love cool/cold weather and don’t yet need one. They can only shake their heads when I say that. Yep I am weird that way.

How do you take a photograph of the fresh peach ice cream that I made? The yellow peaches were ripe, sweet and juicy and the red pulp near the seed makes this look slightly like strawberry ice cream. Not really relevant is it, except that it looks like a strawberry ice cream until you taste it? The light dusting of nutmeg on it has also made a world of difference.

We are having a friend visit this weekend, very much looking forward to it. How does Amritsari Fish Fry sound?

Will I have time to catch Diane Lane in “Must Love Dogs” ? I know it’s not that great a movie but (sigh!) it has Diane Lane in it.

I also need to catch up on the webisodes of Battlestar Galactica. *A* does not like Sci FI so I usually watch this on my own including on the train when I don’t snooze or blog.

The tiny state of Delaware with the tinnier town of Newark (Home to the University of Delaware) was also home to the second annual Newark Film Festival. We managed to catch a couple of movies. But the one I regret missing is the documentary “Jesus Camp”. We also had a brief conversation with one of the organizers Lisa Lucas. She saw the film and mentioned how chilling it was and she is the daughter of a preacher and all together very familiar with religion. I saw a few more references to it here and here and a link to the trailer. It’s is a must see.
I know we are very concerned about the Madarassas or the religious schools that teach young boys a literal and twisted version of Islam. These are supposedly the future foot soldiers of a more militant Islam. But we have our own madarassas here but they just happen to be Christian. They are equally insidious for while they may not want a militant takeover of the government, they want to run the US like a Christian nation. Chilling?
Here is more from the raw story article.

Film Shows Youths Training to Fight for Jesus New Documentary Features Controversial Bible Camp, Evangelical Movement By DAN HARRIS Sept. 17, 2006 — - An in-your-face documentary out this weekend is raising eyebrows, raising hackles and raising questions about evangelizing to young people.

Speaking in tongues, weeping for salvation, praying for an end to abortion and worshipping a picture of President Bush -- these are some of the activities at Pastor Becky Fischer's Bible camp in North Dakota, "Kids on Fire," subject of the provocative new documentary, "Jesus Camp."
"I want to see them as radically laying down their lives for the gospel as they are in Palestine, Pakistan and all those different places," Fisher said. "Because, excuse me, we have the truth."

"A lot of people die for God," one camper said, "and they're not afraid." "We're kinda being trained to be warriors," said another, "only in a funner way." The film has caused a split among evangelicals. Some say it's designed to demonize. Others have embraced it, including Fischer, who's helping promote the film. "I never felt at any point that I was exploited," Fischer said. "I think there is a push right now in a lot of evangelical churches to definitely keep the teenagers and keep the children in the faith," said Heidi Ewing, co-director of "Jesus Camp." "And this is one version of that attempt."

A Growing Movement
This camp is, by many accounts, a small -- and perhaps extreme -- slice of what some say is a growing, intensifying evangelical youth movement. Over the past decade and a half, enrollment at Christian colleges is up 70 percent. Sales of Christian music are up 300 percent. Tens of thousands of youth pastors have been trained. Young people are targeted through Christian music festivals, skateboard competitions and rodeos. "This is an enormous youth movement," said Lauren Sandler, a secular, liberal feminist from New York City who spent months among the believers researching her new book, "Righteous."

Sandler says the evangelical youth movement will have a negative impact on the country's future, because even the most moderate young evangelicals are inflexible on issues such as abortion and gay marriage. "It's an absolute, straight-up us-against-them," Sandler said. "It's, you're either with us or you're against us. … Not only are you a sinner, but you are working for the enemy -- the enemy being Satan."

Chap Clark, an associate professor at the Fuller Theological Seminary who's trained youth pastors for decades, said people who see "Jesus Camp" should not come away with the idea that evangelizing to youth consists mainly of political indoctrination.
Clark said youth pastors focus much more on providing meaning to kids who can't find it in a materialistic culture or in their family lives -- "which is going to translate into much healthier adults who are more able to be into respectful dialogue and come alongside people who disagree with them. "I think this is a very hopeful time because of the youth ministry movement," he added.

There's disagreement about whether this movement is good for the country and whether the movie is an accurate portrayal of the movement.
But there's growing agreement that these children will have a real impact. One child in "Jesus Camp" goes so far as to say, "We're a key generation to bringing Jesus back."


Enjoy that weekend.


Aditi said...

Extreme religious preaching is dangerous and scary no matter what the religion.
How did they get up there? tornado?

Strictly for my friends said...

The peach ice-cream sounds delicious!!


Have a great weekend!

Sanjay said...

@Aditi..Maybe in search of leaves to eat? The land around looks pretty arid.

@Strictly..thanks you too.

Maggie said...

I always find it so interesting that extremism is only ok if you do it in my religion. Comments like we have the truth, with such surety on the part of the commentor, are what fuel mindless battles and wars. Its a frightening thing to think that we could be seeing our own country riddled with fundamentalist soldier training camps. Ugh.

Sanjay said...

@Maggie.. I always find it so interesting that extremism is only ok if you do it in my religion

Well I have had defenders tell me "weell we don't use violence". Violence is only one tool in their arsenal. As you so rightly pointed out it's the absolutism that worries me, their belief that thier way is the tru and only way.

Teri said...

Are those goats in that tree?

THat bible camp sounds god-awful. Warriors? WTF?

starry nights said...

Interesting post. I really dont get these extreme religious camps.Its not a nice thing. Love to have some peach ice cream.

Sanjay said...

@Teri ..yup goats in the tree.

@Starry.. peach ice cream coming up

Ash said...

"thick fog like being in the arms of a passionate lover"

what a lovely comparison :-)