Imagine a place where focused, precocious kids pledge allegiance to a holy text and train as ideological warriors — even, yes, martyrs. You’re imagining America — specifically, Kids on Fire, an evangelical madrassa devoted to fomenting a religiopolitical Children’s Crusade. ”This world, all it feeds you is trash,” says 12-year-old Levi. ”I want the meat.”
As a documentary, Jesus Camp could lose its haunted-house score and contrapuntal Air America refrains and still deliver its message: that, here and elsewhere, fundamentalism is no longer content with a separate peace. It wants the meat.