Silhouette City.

If you haven’t seen it, get your hands 0n a copy. If you were a fan of the documentary Jesus Camp, hop on the trolley and check this out. A quick synopsis from the site itself:

Silhouette City is a harrowing free-fall through the near space of American religious extremism. Using archival video, movement propaganda, original investigational material and custom video-game footage, it tracks the movement of apocalyptic Christian nationalism from the margins to the mainstream.

The film begins with the story of an obscure Christian survivalist group active in the 1970s and 80s, as recounted by one of its former members, and then moves forward to the current post 9-11 era where startling ideological echoes are revealed and examined.

In a period largely defined by religious violence, Silhouette City examines the motivations for adopting apocalyptic worldviews by providing a unique window into the foundational ideas, organizational structure and psychological dynamics of one of the most powerful movements taking root in America today. The film bears witness to the long, dark shadows of fear and intolerance being cast in the familiar landscapes of the homeland.

I like this movie because it has a great depth of interviews compared to other similar films. Interspersed archival footage with interviews from current scholars gives a powerful look at how this problem of conservative-paramilitary-crackpot-christians has grown without truly being addressed until something major happens. Like FBI standoff major. I can’t really give a solid discussion until you’ve seen it because I’d like people to see it and form their own opinion.

Actually no, I think belief in any god is a little silly actually. It’s just too easy to see a normal person become a fundamentalist once inoculated with any sort of religious virus (as in something that cannot grow outside of a host, and I generally regard as yucky/lame).


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