Thanks for your thoughts on the matter. Respectfully, though, I must disagree.
First off, I think atheism and secularism is terrible, yes, as it separates people from God. However, I know many atheists and secularists that are wonderful, beautiful people who live with kindness, generosity, and love for others, moreso than most Christians I know. The fact is, they just have not found God yet. This does not make them bad people. In fact, to the contrary. I don't know a single atheist (and I know quite a few) who DOESN'T live with Christian moral values. They just don't define them as Christian. They define them as good morals. It is sad that they don't believe in God. But what is worse, is manipulating the word of God and teaching it incorrectly for political gains.
I have a serious problem, however, with people who take the message of Christ, and misrepresent it and use it as a political machine to get what they want "in the name of God." Ted Haggert himself said in the documentary that, essentially, the goal was to teach these children these things such that they can build up the religious right and take political control of the country! You said yourself that the problem is what we are indoctrinated with. I think that indoctrinating children to be militant Christians who use the Gospel for political gain (to the point of essentially venerating a cardboard standup of George Bush), who are intolerant of others, who purposely teach their children ignore science and mathematics to the point of being ignorant, and who teach them to violently "stand up" to Muslims and other "godless heathens" (such that they are no better than the fundamentalist Muslims they are fighting), is SERIOUSLY dangerous. It is, in fact, just as dangerous to teach children to fight in the name of Christ, as it is to teach them to fight in the name of "Allah." So yes, it does matter what we are indoctrinating our children with.
I also believe that there is a serious difference between brainwashing a child and teaching them faith. There is a line that these people have crossed where it has become brainwashing. I think brainwashing is when you tell a child that they cannot ask questions (the way these people have basically said that questioning is disbelieving and that they will go to hell), and when you teach them that there are no questions to be asked. When you don't allow them to make determinations for themselves and to judge for themselves what they believe to be valid (this is part of not allowing them to ask questions), then you are brainwashing them. When you teach them that they will be damned for not being Christian (which is not what the Church teaches), and make it almost a threat, to the point where they are in conflict within themselves and fearful of asking questions or of not believing, this is brainwashing.
In my opinion, teaching a child faith is not about indoctrination. It is about example. We teach our children by example. Yes, we take them to church, we read the Bible and the Fathers and the lives of the saints with them, but we also SHOW them the love and compassion of Christ. Not having love for our non-Orthodox brothers, among other things, is not teaching them by example. Living a life in Christ, letting your children SEE YOU read the Bible, letting them SEE YOU show love and compassion to others, letting them SEE YOU go to church and participate in the sacraments and pray and feed the hungry and minister to the sick... this is how we teach them, not by indoctrination.
And yes, I do have a problem with "Christian" rap and "Christian" rock, etc. For one thing, it doesn't proclaim our theology correctly. But even if someone took the words of "Agne Parthene," or the Akathist Hymn, or the Doxology, or the Evlogitaria, or the very words of the Bible, and set them to rap, I would still have a problem with it. The reason is because a) it glorifies a type of music whose history and development, whose primary message, etc. are rooted in violence. I object to this in principle because the point of our hymns is not to glorify the music, but to glorify God with our words. I LOVE the rhythms of rap. However, when we hand A CHILD (whose brain isn't even fully developed yet) Christian rap and regular Gangsta rap, how can we expect them to understand the difference and choose that which glorifies God? This is especially true considering that whether in Gangsta rap or Christian rap, it is often difficult to understand the words, in which case we are back to square one (glorifying the music rather than God).
Apologies for the mix-up in terminology. The documentary (if I remember correctly-- I finally erased it about two weeks ago after having recorded it when it aired) said they were Evangelicals. Guess I believed them. If this is the case (that they are not Evangelicals), then I am glad to hear it, as Billy Graham was one of my Grammy's favorite pastors (I was very close to my Grammy), and I admire his faith and good works very much (though I may not have agreed with his theology). He also suffers from Parkinson's, as my Grammy did, and like her, has shown much faith throughout what is a difficult and painfully debilitating illness.