The camp featured in the controversial documentary Jesus Camp will shut down due to negative response from the film, according to camp director Becky Fischer.
The documentary spotlights Kids on Fire, a charismatic summer camp where evangelical children are recruited to "God's army." The children who attend the camp are shown shaking and sobbing over abortion and praying over a cardboard cutout of President Bush.
The camp takes place at a rented facility in Devil's Lake, N.D., but Fischer said the owners of the campground asked her not to return after vandals caused $1,500 in damage in October.
Fischer told CT she would have made the decision to shut the camp regardless, because she is worried about people who would attend simply to disrupt the camp. Since the film's release, she has been bombarded with e-mails and phone calls.
"Christians go after me because of doctrinal issues, whereas the world is going after me because they think I'm another Adolf Hitler," she said. "They're accusing me of raising a Christian jihad."
Fischer has been accused of brainwashing and indoctrination because of the emotional way in which the children respond in the film.
"We have the idea that indoctrination is like the Chinese shoving bamboo up your fingernails or dropping a drop of water on your head until you say, 'Okay, Buddha is god,'" Fischer said. "Indoctrination is nothing more than teaching someone else a set of ideas."
Instead of holding another camp, Fischer said she plans to hold more conferences on the East and West Coasts. However, she won't be changing her message or how she presents it.
"If I change, no one would come," Fischer said. "If you want average, ordinary, Sunday school stuff, that's not who we are. I want kids who are passionate." ...1
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