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    Filed at 1:10 pm under by dcobranchi

    OK, it works. The secret is in the URL. Some Youtube URL’s include a parameter /watch?v= You need to replace that with /v/

    5 Responses to “UPDATE IV”

    Comment by
    August 31st, 2006
    at 1:42 pm

    Wow. That was disturbing. There is no problem ever with someone showing, practicing or sharing their faith, but teaching children that the faith is a war against non believers is aking to what religious radicals around the world are doing, and that only leads to violence. How long before this turns into a Christian version of a jihad?

    Comment by
    August 31st, 2006
    at 2:53 pm

    Those clips were obviously selected to be controversial when taken out of context. I don’t know the context involved with those clips for sure, but Christian leaders have been preaching about spiritual warfare for decades. It involves prayer and sticking to the commandments, not guns and suicide bombings.

    I like how they had clips of what were obviously plays put on by the kids but cut in such a way as to make it look like they were being trained as savage warriors or something.

    Those of you who jumped to the conclusions they wanted you to should consider cutting up your credit cards before other advertisers find you.

    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    August 31st, 2006
    at 3:12 pm

    OTOH, I read a quote by a minister (I think this one is included in the film) in which he says he admires the jihaddis for training up their kids in spiritual warfare.

    Comment by
    August 31st, 2006
    at 10:54 pm

    That doesn’t surprise me, Daryl, but do keep in mind that “spiritual warfare” for evangelical Christians has nothing to do with violence any more than RAM in a computer context has anything to do with headbutting sheep. I grew up in that culture, and while there are some things about it which I find disturbing, that’s not one of them.

    (Yes, there are extremists, like those who bombed abortion clinics, but those are the exception, not the rule.)

    Comment by
    September 1st, 2006
    at 9:08 pm

    Just like the Muslims that suicide bomb are the extreme, not the norm. The faith in itself is peaceful (like Christianity is supposed to be) and yet more people have been killed throughout history by Christians than any other faith, even including the current violence.

    It is not all Christians that should scare us, neither should all Muslims, but those that take the “spiritual warfare” literally are to be feared. They are all the same (extremists) because they use their faith to justify their actions. Remember the bible has been around for a millennium and interpretations have run the gambit. I grew up in the strong Christian culture too (although I am not now) and I know the love that exists, but when it comes to kids and involving them in a radical view I’m against it, just like I abhor the same by Muslims.

    I think kids should be taught about their faith but not involved in the more extreme stuff. I have no doubt that the video was clipped to seem worse than it was but some of the images are still a bit disturbing. I have some other examples on my blog.

    (see link above)

    And remember the Christian Jihad was called “the Crusades.” Many more people died from that than in the last 100 years from Muslims.