See, in countries where what I picture real oppression is going on, people probably would not make a flippant joke about getting death threats in regards to this. Mostly because they probably would be afraid of that really happening, and the likelihood was indeed high.
I don't doubt that there are some kids who could benefit from that program, but what creeps me out is just how easy it is to send a kid to one of these. I've heard of kids sent to places like this for having the wrong friends, or sneaking out once or twice, or apparently being an athiest.
The kidnapping part is insanely creepy too. But yeah, not an institution actually targeting atheists.