Sociology Jesus Camp

Topics: Sociology, English-language films, Mind Pages: 2 (524 words) Published: September 16, 2013
Living in America where there is an infinite amount of religions, can allow one to experience culture shock in many different ways. When a person is being exploited to culture shock they either criticize it in a negative or positive way allowing themselves to understand and appreciate the experience they’ve just encountered or think it’s abnormal and intolerable. Living in New York you can experience culture shock on any corner of a neighborhood, culture shock is so common that I’ve just learned to embrace it; but when I saw “Jesus Camp” I was so flabbergasted I couldn’t believe my what I was hearing or seeing at that. Sociology, which is the study of society, teaches you to have a non-judgmental perspective on humans in society; therefore if a sociologist goes through the experience of culture shock (the anxiety and feelings felt when people operate within a different or unknown culture) they perceive the experience with more proficiency than an average human being will. In my occurrence of culture shock I just plain and simply thought they were out of their right minds. It was intolerable. My professor last semester decided to show the class a documentary of a type of Christianity and the way it is practiced. The documentary, which is called “Jesus Camp”; is about kids who join a Pentecostal Christian summer camp located just outside of Devils Lake, North Dakota. These Pentecostals are known as Evangelical’s. The preacher Becky Fischer believed that the children needed to be purified to be part of the “army of God” and that they needed to be trained since the “enemy;” the Islam’s, had their children trained. To me that meant that Becky Fischer wanted to be just as horrible as the “enemy.” The entire thing just looked insane. It was like they were brainwashing these kids, telling them that Harry Potter is the devil, these poor kids started crying the minute they were told that. These kids were all home schooled, they believed that if you are not celebrating...
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