Monday, April 16, 2007

Notes on BattleCry, an evangelical youth organization

The Revealer, NYU's religion-and-media blog, recently posted a long essay by Jeff Sharlet on BattleCry, an evangelical youth group that's heavy on militant rhetoric and anti-popular culture "rebellion." Here's a key excerpt:

His Christian code requires a "wartime mentality": a "survival orientation" and a readiness to face "real enemies." The queers and communists, feminists and Muslims, to be sure, but also the entire American cultural apparatus of marketing and merchandising, the "techno-terrorists" of mass media, doing to the morality of a generation what Osama bin Laden did to the Twin Towers.
"I want an attacking church!" he shouts, his normally smooth tones raw and desperate and alarming.

Here's a clip from one of their shows.

And here is an article from Rolling Stone with a few other related videos.

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