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Jesus and Mao

By on 9.22.06 | 12:45PM

The new documentary "Jesus Camp" is the second by filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady "to explore the molding of young minds," reports Stephen Holden in The New York Times' review of the film. Having watched the trailer (see below), it appears to be a skillfully shot and edited piece of propaganda designed to paint the entirety of evangelical Christianity as raving lunatics thirsting for power at all costs. In fact, the film was so effective it led Holden to this conclusion:

It wasn't so long ago that another puritanical youth army, Mao Zedong's Red Guards, turned the world's most populous country inside out. Nowadays the possibility of a right-wing Christian American version of what happened in China no longer seems entirely far-fetched.

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