We hear a lot about the radical islamo-fascists, but rarely do we hear the Christian side of the same story. There is an article on the movement in the US that speaks of the Christo-fascist youth movement in the US. What's interesting about this article is that I saw it on the same day that I was reading Dawkins "God Delusion". In the part of the book I was reading, Dawkins was talking about the parental influence on the beliefs of children. While I don't necessarily think that parental influence is bad nor do I believe that children should be shielded from religion until they are older, this article describes some positively scary indoctrination. For example:
Recently, I viewed a chilling documentary "Jesus Camp", which examines "the evangelical belief that a revival is underway in America that requires Christian youth to assume leadership roles in advocating the causes of their religious movement." The film follows a group of evangelical kids who attend a summer camp where they are taught to become dedicated Christian soldiers in God's army. Under the leadership of control-freak youth pastor, Becky Fischer, who makes Nurse Ratchet in "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" look likeSnow White , the children are told that theirs is a unique generation - perhaps the last on earth before the return of Christ to rapture his church, and that just as Musilm children learn at an early age to carry and use automatic weapons so that they can die for Islam, Christian kids must learn to fight in the Jesus army in order to save souls and take back America for God - and be willing to die for Jesus.
This smacks of Mao's youth movement and the marxist-leninist approach to communism. Hitler knew all to well that getting the youth of Germany behind him assured him of a blind following. Compare the following statements made by Chairman Mao:
How should we judge whether a youth is a revolutionary? How can we tell? There can only be one criterion, namely, whether or not he is willing to integrate himself with the broad masses of workers and peasants and does so in practice. If he is willing to do so and actually does so, he is a revolutionary; otherwise he is a nonrevolutionary or a counter-revolutionary. If today he integrates himself with the masses of workers and peasants, then today he is a revolutionary; if tomorrow he ceases to do so or turns round to oppress the common people, then he becomes a nonrevolutionary or a counter revolutionary.
The Hitler Jugend were an important part of Nazi politics and this is Hitler's philosophy on youth in Nazi Germany:
Physical fitness, according to Hitler, was much more important for his young people than memorizing "dead facts" in the classroom. In his book Mein Kampf, he stated that "...a less well-educated, but physically healthy individual with a sound, firm character, full of determination and willpower, is more valuable to the Volkish community than an intellectual weakling."
School schedules were adjusted to allow for at least one hour of of physical training in the morning and one hour each evening. Prior to this, only two hours per week had been set aside. Hitler also encouraged young boys to take up boxing to heighten their agressiveness.
Hitler believed tough physical training would instill confidence and that "...this self-confidence must be instilled from childhood into every German. His entire education and training must be designed to convince him of his absolute superiority over others." He viewed education as a means of raising nationalist enthusiasm in German boys while teaching them to be ready to sacrifice themselves for the Fatherland. Special assemblies were often held in school halls featuring themes of heroism and readiness to die for "the cause."
Sound familiar? In fact, the radical islamic movement focuses on youth because they are more easily trained in the movement and follow orders blindly. Christo-fascism is as real and as dangerous as any other radical religious movement and it is important to keep tabs on young earth creationist and intelligent design movements as they are becoming populated with Christo-Jugend.
and an interesting video