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Lord, Save Us from Your Followers

Lord, Save Us from Your Followers is a documentary by Dan Merchant whose question "Why is the gospel of love dividing America?" set him on a cross-country journey to chart the combat between the religious right and secular humanists.

Lord, Save Us from Your  FollowersHe wanted to find out why public expressions of faith usually stir up more controversy than inspiration.

The filmmaker, an evangelical Christian, finds that plenty of people respect Jesus but have nothing but disdain for conservative churches that they see as close-minded, hypocritical and judgmental.

Merchant lets conservatives such as James Dobson, Pat Robertson, Bill O'Reilly and Ann Coulter talk for themselves.

On the other side, he interviews Al Franken, drug activist Sister Mary Timothy, Bill Mahler, Bono, Jon Stewart and others.

The documentary makes it clear how polarized the country is, the lack of civil discourse, the rigidity of thinking, and the paucity of people who have learned the art of listening.

What is missing are the perspectives of Christian progressives on such common topics in the culture wars as poverty, racism and war.

The film ends with a demonstration of confession and forgiveness that exemplifies the spirit of Jesus Christ (Virgil Films & Entertainment, not rated).


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