Filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady follow Pastor Becky Fischer, who helps run the evangelical Christian program in--of all places--Devil's Lake, North Dakota. There, impressionable children between the ages of 7 and 12 are trained to be soldiers in "God's army" and to engage in a culture war against what their church leaders view as rampant immorality and Satanism. (Damn you to hell, Harry Potter!)
No, this isn't Christianity-bashing propaganda. The doc maintains its balance by including commentary from Christian talk-show host Mike Papantonio, who expresses concern (to Fischer) that her work with happy Jesus campers has a political agenda. The pastor denies it, but we've seen the kids don army fatigues and war paint and chant for "righteous judges" in the courts, pledge their intent to "take back America for Christ" and pray over a cardboard cutout of George W. Bush.
Some might dismiss these extremists as blindly as the evangelicals dismiss Darwinism and global warming. However, this isn't a fringe group--just a powerful voting block spreading like, well, hellfire across Bush country.
Ewing and Grady have created a terrific catalyst for religious and political discourse. Get thee to Jesus Camp. And discuss.