Jesus Camp Now Free to Watch Online

If you’ve never seen Jesus Camp, prepare to be horrified.

The documentary is now available to watch via SnagFilms LLC:

(Thanks to Jamie for the link!)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • Mikko

    Not available in my area ..

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=553145445 Gordon Duffy

       for once the annoying restrictions work to preserve your sanity!

      • Mikko

        We have insane christians here in Sweden but they are a minority

    • Tim

      Not available in the Uk either. 

    • Jett Perrobone

       Here’s a link to the full movie on YouTube for those not in the correct area.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=649813048 Nicoline Smits

    We saw the movie in the theater when it first came out. It is horrifying indeed!

  • Benjamin Kay

    I think it’s been available on Hulu for a while, too.

  • Anonymous

    One of the more disturbing documentaries I’ve ever seen. However it also gave me one of the funniest moments I’ve ever seen on the screen, when they are blessing the room. 

  • Aljaž Kozina

    This is like The Saw without violence… Disturbing!

  • Skjaere

    Wow, I am glad that the Episcopal church camps I went to in middle school and high school bear very little resemblance to this. They were mostly filled with a lot of hugging and crying, like some kind of group therapy. (And, I seem to recall, sneaking off to the woods to make out.)

  • Anonymous

    I’ve watched this about half a dozen times. What I like about it is that the producers kept the tone neutral; evangelicals who watch this probably see it as uplifting, while we see it as horrifying. A balanced documentary is a better documentary.

    • Anonymous

       There’s a funny story about that. When the documentary initially came out, there was some outrage from the secular/liberal religious world because it was “obvious” that these people had been portrayed in the worst possible light. How cruel of the obviously liberal and secular producers to take advantage of the trust of these people, only to turn and ridicule them in the film.

      To the astonishment of these good hearted liberal folks, the actual protagonists of the movie came out and said that they thought that the portrayal was fair and respectful, and that they didn’t feel taken advantage of at all. Of course even this was a sign of how sheltered and unaware of the outside world they were. They initially didn’t realize how they looked to others. Once the sincere horror towards what was being done to the kids became obvious, the subjects backtracked (especially the rhymes-with-witch Fischer) and tried to retroactively claim that they were missrepresented after all.

  • Anonymous

    Nope, can’t view this in India. Area restrictions…

  • Kevin_Of_Bangor
  • http://twitter.com/silo_mowbray Silo Mowbray

    I have to ask: do I really need to watch this? I love kids and have my own whom I adore with every fibre of my being. If Jesus Camp is an exercise in watching children get hurt I thinking I can do without it. I’m already outraged at theism. Do I need to see this? Will there be a net gain for me if I do?

    • Anonymous

      You don’t *need* to watch it, but I think it’s useful for understanding some of the political realities in the US. Are children being hurt? Yes, undoubtedly, but it’s not about children being beaten. You will be disturbed by the level of indoctrination that is taking place, by how their very young minds are being molded and manipulated into a form of radical fundamentalism. I won’t lie, it’s mostly not fun to watch, and their are portions that it´s best to see without any nearby blunt and throwable objects. However it does help illuminate how certain sectors of the population come to be the way they are.

  • Fernando Cezar Bernardelli

    The Youtube link works fine on Brazil. Thank you.

    I’m shocked. I thought children here are brainwashed to believe something, but in a second thought, they actually get it light.

    And I also thought I was beyond the stage where I get mad about stupid attitudes of religious people, I thought I was on the stage where I just find them funny. This video sent me back to stage one.

  • chicago dyke, venomous lesbian

    i never really understood why this movie upset so many people. i grew up with kids and churches like this, everywhere. kids do all sorts of stuff that doesn’t take, and i remember how many of my neighbors and schoolmates there were who dropped fundie belief as soon as they were old enough to get away with it. that’s the problem with hard core indoctrination of children. unless you can beat and control them into their young adulthood, indoctrination like this becomes the perfect target for youthful rebellion. in equal measure to the amount of indoctrination. sure, some people will come back to it, but i saw this happen over and over again where i grew up. we were the seed country for today’s fundamentalist movement. we were churchy before it was ‘cool.’ i had a lot of friends who were totally into jeebus… until the day they weren’t. 

    it may have been here, i don’t recall, but i once read an astute comment by a person in england. “the best way to kill a church is to make it official.” i almost wish we’d do that here. people lose interest in something when it becomes so mainstream as to be banal.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7DTI2BTJIZ5SA72K2R5T7QX3A4 Lori

    I had to stop watching halfway through.  I feel so bad for those kids, they’re missing so much that they can never get back.  They may leave and abandon that nonsense when they’re of age but it’ll be too late by then.  The little girl that was talking about how bad it was to just dance for the joy of dancing made me cry.


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