I've just watched Channel 4's documentary "God's Next Army". Its backed with a website at channel4.com/believe.
I heard someone describe the previews as "biased and angering". This was a very carefully produced film that documented students preparing to attend and working at Patrick Henry College.
"Patrick Henry College, or PHC, is an unaccredited private Christian Protestant college that focuses on teaching classical liberal arts and government, located in Purcellville, Virginia. It is the first college in America founded specifically for Christian home-schooled students. It is well-known for its extreme conservatism and evangelical christian ethos, including creationism, pro-gun rights and anti-abortionism. It has also been criticised for a heavily pro-republican bias."
The film allowed the children to speak for themselves. What they said scared me. What they said made me pity them. These home-schooled children were actively kept away from the rest of society by their parents - for fear they might be contaminated. After all, what's worse than the crime on an idea?
One of the lecturers at the college even says "after spending so much time and care on my child should I just dump them on Princeton or Yale?".
I would argue that a person who truly believes in what is right can only benefit from meeting new ideas and people - to be allowed to think for ourselves is probably our greatest freedom - it must be protected. That these parents should take it away from their children is cruel. What else but cruelty could drive a child of eleven to begin crying and between wails protest the need to pray and change her sinful ways?
Very early on we heard an extremely telling phrase from an 18 year old boy while he worked at the local butcher's shop making sausages:
"God did work on the cross to save sinners like me"
This was from a boy who wakes up, does his school work, works at the butcher's, goes home to work, helps clean his father's church, and probably works some more. He really believes that he is a sinner, that he needs "saving".
I hate that idea. Hate it.
I strongly urge you to watch this documentary if you can and to be wary of these people. They are growing in number and in power, they believe in "one nation under God" - and, it would seem, they are willing to remove anything that doesn't quite fit in with their vision.