Religious fundamentalism in pop culture & politics
During the performance, we also get our first glimpse of Levi, the only boy followed for the film.  He bears a striking resemblance in looks to Trace Bates, and in personality to Josh Duggar.

During the performance, we also get our first glimpse of Levi, the only boy followed for the film.  He bears a striking resemblance in looks to Trace Bates, and in personality to Josh Duggar.

Our first glimpse of the kids is at a “children’s prayer conference,” held at the Christ Triumphant Church in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, run by camp leader Becky Fischer.

I’m not sure what to call this, some kind of performance art.  Not really dance.  They’re painted with and dressed in camo, acting out the concept of being a  “Warrior for Christ.”  It’s a really striking image, I’ll give it that much; I can see it really being haunting and beautiful if you’re a “believer.”  When Mama WTF and I saw it back when it came out, she remarked that it seemed more in keeping with pagan rituals than anything Christian she was familiar with, and she’s not wrong there. 

I don’t know what the sticks are for.

I tried to get down as much of the song/chant as I could make out, but I think I missed some stuff.  You get the gist though:

Boy, spoken: There has never been a generation like this one.

Girl, spoken: The earth is filled with the dead and the dying, in spirit and in body.  But now is the time for the glory of the Lord to cover the earth as the water covers the seas. 

Group, spoken: Now is the time. 

Boy, spoken: We prophesize these dry bones.  Arise!

Group, spoken: Now is the time.

Speak the word of the Lord! 

Spoken: He is coming!

The word

Arise

Spoken: He will save the nation!

The Lord in me

Arise

The word of the Lord

The word of the Lord in Zion
The word of the Lord

The word of the Lord

The word of the Lord in Zion

Prophecy

Spoken: In the word of the Lord! 

Bless the name, the generation, bless the name, the generation, bless the name and the generation

Prophecy

I believe the dancer that’s the focus of many of the shots is Victoria, one of the children this movie focuses on, but there’s a girl in this group who looks so much like her I continually have trouble telling them apart. 

I always liked the segue into the title card.

To balance out the majority opinions, most scenes are bridged with commentary from Mike Papantonio’s radio show, Ring of Fire.  Again, most of these will be cut down a bit for this because they’re just not necessary for the review, though he’s an interesting guy.

We open on shots of Missouri over various talk radio clips.  The filming of this documentary coincided with the resignation of Sandra Day O’Connor, so much of it discusses that.  The radio shows are the parts I’m doing the most editing of - while interesting, there’s no need in capturing them verbatim. 

This has probably been my most-requested review of all time.  After some pondering about the easiest way to do it, I’m going to kick it Duggar-style, but because it’s so long - literally every scene in this movie is noteworthy - it’s going to be over the course of several days.  It’s going to end up being nearly the entire movie in still form.  There is very little in here that’s repetitive or boring.  Everything in it is so foreign to me that it all brings up a question or comment.  So it’s a long haul and I hope I don’t lose too many followers over it.  I apologize in advance for clogging the crap out of your dashes.  And if you haven’t yet seen the film and think you may be interested in it, see it before you read this.
Ladies, gentleman, etc, I give you: Jesus Camp.

This has probably been my most-requested review of all time.  After some pondering about the easiest way to do it, I’m going to kick it Duggar-style, but because it’s so long - literally every scene in this movie is noteworthy - it’s going to be over the course of several days.  It’s going to end up being nearly the entire movie in still form.  There is very little in here that’s repetitive or boring.  Everything in it is so foreign to me that it all brings up a question or comment.  So it’s a long haul and I hope I don’t lose too many followers over it.  I apologize in advance for clogging the crap out of your dashes.  And if you haven’t yet seen the film and think you may be interested in it, see it before you read this.

Ladies, gentleman, etc, I give you: Jesus Camp.

Also, who was Whit's maid of honor? Her dress seems a little short by Bates standards...

I don’t know - her sister maybe?  I think her dress is about knee-length, just looks a little shorter from angles?  Either way I agree, it’s way shorter than what I would expect - but Whitney’s dress is way tighter than I expected, too!

duggarsandbatesconfessions:

Confession: “Any person with half a brain can see that the Duggars are anything but humble. Humble people don’t flaunt their good deeds for the world to see on Primetime TV. Humble people don’t make themselves the center of attention at other peoples’ weddings. Humble people don’t make a family trip to Japan and appear on a talk show to show off.”

duggarsandbatesconfessions:

Confession: “Any person with half a brain can see that the Duggars are anything but humble. Humble people don’t flaunt their good deeds for the world to see on Primetime TV. Humble people don’t make themselves the center of attention at other peoples’ weddings. Humble people don’t make a family trip to Japan and appear on a talk show to show off.”

I do think it's callie. Sort of odd, though, that Jill wasn't in any of the wedding pictures. AGAIN. Wonder if her midwifery duties are keeping her away. If so, good for her! But Jichelle and Jim Boob must be wondering when she'll get married...

Yeah, I didn’t see any Duggars in the groups shots, so it’s hard to tell, but Jill has been AWOL from a lot of family events lately.  I think she and JimBob might still be in Nepal as well, though I really have no idea.