Article VI Review

First of all, thanks to everyone who came out to the Article VI screeing last night at The Heritage Foundation from First Friday, the place was packed.

Second, here is a review of the movie from one of those people who was nice enough to write one up for us.  Thank you very much to her.

See you tonight.

Article VI-

Let me start by being 100 percent frank: I loved it at some points, and absolutely hated it at others.

In the opening minutes, this movie pushes the envelope on religious fracture in politics (especially the center-right world), and it feels like nails on a chalkboard. Why? Because it forces you to watch what most of us would consider absurd, irrational religious nuts screaming at the top of their lungs about why they are right and the rest of us are burning in hell. Cheerful.

As the movie progresses, however, the creators cleverly ease us away from the tension and divide of Southern Baptists versus Muslims versus Catholics versus Mormons. The real question emerges: Whose religious test is right in determining a candidate for president? With images of JFK peppering the film, the message starts to appear (not crystal clear, more like in a fuzzy, etch-a-sketch kind of way): no one religion is right. We’re all trying to find heaven, one way or the other- and a politician’s belief system should not be the focus of a campaign. We should pick him on his merits.

Now, while I tend to agree with the overall theme of the movie, I do take one slight issue. Why wasn’t the question, should there be a religious test at all? The movie does little to address agnostics or atheists, rather assuming that we all practice religion and thus tie it to our political beliefs.

Again, in my first viewing of the film, I have a love-hate relationship with it. But honestly, I think that’s why it’s worth the watch. It wasn’t propaganda- it forced me to think about the embedded relationship between the American political system and religion. Bottom line: you need to see it.

Too much deep thinking for a Friday morning- mimosas, anyone?


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