One Generation Away
“Religious Liberty – America’s “”first freedom”” – is changing like never before. One Generation Away, a new feature documentary, goes to the front lines of the changing face of America’s religious freedoms, discovering a series of dramatic shifts in how the First Amendment (and it’s religious freedom clauses) is being applied across a broad spectrum of modern America.
From Hobby Lobby in Oklahoma City to wedding service providers in the Pacific Northwest; from the military chaplaincy to America’s school classrooms; from cases in Southern California, Texas, and across the country; One Generation Away tells the stories that are shaping where the country is today, and looking at where America is headed in a world of rapidly changing religious freedoms.
The film also travels to Germany, France, and England to look at the global landscape of religious freedom, exploring what might be in store for America if it continues on a trajectory of diminishing religious liberties.
One Generation Away speaks to the leading voices on this timely and pivotal subject, discovering that shifting cultural trends are coming at a great cost to the religious liberty that was at the heart of America’s birth. In the face of unprecedented challenges, however, the film resonates a heartbeat of hope – for a generation that is willing to engage on the issue of America’s changing religious freedoms.
Religious Liberty – America’s “”first freedom”” – is changing like never before. One Generation Away, a new feature documentary, goes to the front lines of the changing face of America’s religious freedoms, discovering a series of dramatic shifts in how the First Amendment (and it’s religious freedom clauses) is being applied across a broad spectrum of modern America.”
Every family in America needs to see this DVD! It is fantastic with its message, its cinematography, and its fairness in giving views from both sides with various examples, but it stands strongly in favor of every American’s right to worship and practice religious freedoms and choices.
Ronald Reagan is quoted from a speech he gave on March 30, 1961, which is the basis for this documentary’s title. Reagan said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from disappearing.” The DVD features the family that runs Hobby Lobby and treats their employees very well, but refused, due to religious conscience, to offer Abortion pills to them in health care coverage. There are those that argued they were wrong, but there are those that state they are to be admired for putting their moral conscience above the dollar sign. Other examples include a woman named Melissa Klein that ran a bakery shop and sold many wedding cakes. When her conscience did not allow her to bake a cake for a lesbian couple, she received so much persecution and loss of referrals from business acquaintances that she wound up closing her shop. A woman named Arlene, which has sold people of all backgrounds flowers, could not in good conscience make a flower display for a gay man and his partner who wanted it for their “wedding”, and so she was persecuted. She had always sold him flowers for every other reason but her beliefs would not allow her to sell flowers for a wedding.
Various professional people share their views including Tony Perkins, the President of Family Research Council, that said, “Government is not supposed to interfere.” A cross that adorns a Veteran’s Memorial is scrutinized and the freedom to display it is challenged. One veteran says he recently visited the grave of a friend, a soldier that died in 1967, and he knows that he and the other Veterans want the cross to remain. The question is then posed: What will be next, removing all the crosses at Arlington Memorial Cemetery? It’s alarming to learn that a kindergartner was prevented from praying over lunch and that some Christians have been told not to use the name of Jesus.
This fantastic documentary must be seen to be appreciated. It encourages religious people everywhere to link arms and to stand united in the quest to express religious beliefs. “One Generation Away” is awarded our Dove Seal for ages twelve plus, not to mention our highest rating, five Doves. This is a dramatic and powerful documentary.