Ted and Lynn Murphy lead a simple suburban life. They have three wonderful children, their own small business, and good relationships with friends and neighbors. But that life is turned upside down when Ted signs a petition advocating traditional marriage. It is a small act of civic duty in his mind, but to others in their community it seems like an act of heartless bigotry. Ted and his wife become the focus of local project that threatens not only to destroy their business but to suffocate their religious freedom as well. Is it enough for a Christian man to mind his own business and build his happy life, even when controversy is thrust upon him? The Murphy’s wrestle with that question as a firestorm threatens everything they’ve worked so hard to build.
“The Accidental Activist” is a terrific story about standing up for your rights. It is a story based on actual events. A man named Ted is asked to sign a petition which supports traditional marriage and its values. His name, along with the others, winds up in the local newspaper, and he undergoes great persecution for his belief. One result is that he loses his T-shirt business.
He undergoes “hate” treatment from others even though he is told he was the one that hated others. Ted winds up standing with his church and they hold a rally to reinforce the concept of holding onto one’s convictions.
We are pleased to award “Accidental Activist” our Dove Seal for ages twelve plus. This movie has earned five Doves from us, our best rating.