The Guardian, 2016-07-06: The Kids of Jesus Camp, 10 years later: ‘Was it childabuse? Yes and no’

THE GUARDIAN, 6 JULY 2016: The Kids of Jesus Camp, 10 years later: ‘Was it childabuse? Yes and no’

Ten-year-old Andrew Sommerkamp, with his shy demeanor and floppy blond hair, mounts the stage of the Kids On Fire church camp, and nervously tells the crowd that he’s struggling with his belief in God. He’d spent days watching his fellow Christian campers weep uncontrollably, repenting and begging God’s forgiveness, and he has a confession to share.

“I just want to talk about belief in God … I’ve been having a hard time with it,” he says, staring at the ground, scared and confused as the other kids look around at each other with anxiety in their eyes. “To believe in God is hard because you don’t see him, you don’t know him much. Sometimes I don’t even believe what the Bible says. It makes me a faker, it makes me feel guilty and bad.”

It’s one of several emotionally exhausting scenes in the 2006 documentary, Jesus Camp.(—)

(Läs också: The Guardian, 29 September 2006: They cry, pray to Bush and wash out the devil – welcome to Jesus Camp. A documentary on evangelical Christian children’s camps has caused uproar in the US.)

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