I want to say I am shocked that the NEWS is covering this. But really, it's par for the course.
So happy to see an interview about a (albeit cute) and charismatic mimic presented without bias. The tyke obviously needed a larger, professional platform to convince the world that he is touched with the ONE GOD's anointing spirit. Give's me the chills, to be honest.
You should watch the documentary Marjo - it's brilliant and is exactly this situation. More info here.
Thanks Anart! I'm gonna check that one out. Another useful film in this area is Jesus Camp. I squirmed watching that one because I had seen milder versions of it growing up. The kids in Jesus Camp are older than the little one in this video, but there is a fair amount of footage of kids firing this nonsense away and being cheered for it. Wouldn't the logical, nurturing thing to do with a gifted ACTOR like this one be to sit him down and try to talk intelligently about his thoughts? And get him involved in drama club IMMEDIATELY! He's obviously a smart kid. Unfortunately, his daddy is all too happy instead to feed the brainwashing by parading him in front of a hundred people who cheer whatever nonsense comes out of his head AS LONG as it's about God and Jesus and he slams his little bible, and wipes the "sweat" from his brow like daddy does.
I think we would be wise to remember that this has been escalating in the U.S. at least 30 years with regards to dominionist brainwashing of very young kids. That means that this level of brainwashing isn't just creeping up through middle america, it is erupting. I very nearly got wrapped up in a "christian group" which toured huge stadiums to pump teens up for Jesus, had a network of "missions trips" throughout the world, and also an isolated jesus camp in texas. One of the "trust building" exercises involved being buried in a casket. I remember being in high school with my mouth hanging open as a friend who had been there rationalized the exercise as being a profound experience about being born again, or something like that. That was it for me. I had always been a bit wary of the stadium gigs. They were glossy and gave me a bit of the creeps. However, I can attest to the power of being in such a space when "the spirit is working" and everyone is moved to confess their sins, sobbing and hugging. It is terrifying, really, how effective. I honestly attribute drama club, and a growing love for acting as one of the major tools I was lucky enough to grasp onto to begin seeing the production
as it swirled around me. It's ALL theater! Insidious guilt theater.
Anyway, didn't really mean to go down that path. But, man, the video brought those images back immediately.
Thanks for sharing it. I think it is important to see.