The ink has yet to dry on the idiotic Supreme Court decision on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, and a movie is already set to be released from Rick Santorum’s film studio. The timing of this release – the day of the ruling – is patently obvious that they were looking to capitalize in on the result of the case. And the subject of the documentary, that religious “liberties” are being taken away by godless atheist communist Islamic liberal homosexual Obama voters, actually gets a bit weakened by the ruling in their favor. But a quick voiceover edit about how the war is still going on should cover that up nicely!
One Generation Away: The Erosion of Religious Liberty is the culmination of the current rebranding of religious bigotry as freedom, which has accelerated in earnest as state after state has struck down anti-gay marriage laws.
In a way, the awful ruling is sort of hilarious at taking the wind out of this documentary. Now suddenly the Religious Right has very special privileges that override what a woman wants to do about her own body. In fact, the argument specifically tries to say it doesn’t count for all sorts of other religious exceptions like blood transfusions. The logic behind the reasoning is strained at best, and nonsense at worst. What has happened is SCOTUS put omen as second class citizens beneath corporations, which suddenly have a lot more rights than they should.
Conservatives have gone extremely nutso over birth control access in the past few years. Who can forget Rush Limbaugh calling Sandra Fluke a slut because she wanted birth control for her fellow law school students, including one affected by polycystic ovary syndrome which is helped by birth control hormones? Or how about this lovely tweet from noted goat sex expert Erick Erickson:
My religion trumps your “right” to employer subsidized consequence free sex. —@EWErickson
Exactly why they go so crazy over this, I will never understand. I’ve heard plenty of theories, but when it comes down to it, these guys just don’t like women having sex at all, except if it is with them. And even then, they shouldn’t enjoy it. I can say with certainty that every one of these guys must be terrible in bed.
But enough about how awful old Republican white guys are, let’s get to the film. Echolight Studios has decided that making money by producing awful films isn’t enough, they need to get in on the distribution methods as well! So One Generation Away is the inaugural release of EchoLight Cinemas, which will have special screenings in churches before the nationwide rollout. Heck, maybe they’ll even give away sweater vests!
One Generation Away: The Erosion of Religious Liberty is written and directed by Ken Carpenter, who has made a career of producing Christian documentaries with subjects you might find familiar. Also stuff on John Tesh and hunting, but sadly nothing on hunting down John Tesh. Expect lots of prominent rightwing media personalities yakking and yakking, and then obligatory Reagan quote.
One Generation Away: The Erosion of Religious Liberty releases September 1st.
Remember when Rick Santorum ran for president to try to change the Google search results for his name? Well, after that, he took a job as CEO at EchoLight Studios, a Christian film studio known for producing Christian film (duh-doy!), including the beloved A Wobots Christmas.
Well, Echolight Studios is hitting the news again, first for their upcoming theatrical release The Christmas Candle, based on best-selling Christian author Max Lucado’s book and featuring singing sensation Susan Boyle.
Nothing out of the ordinary ever happens in the small village of Gladbury — except at Christmas. Legend has it that every twenty-five years an angel visits the village candlemaker and touches a single candle. Whoever lights the Christmas Candle will see their request granted on Christmas Eve. But in 1890, at the dawn of the modern age, all that is about to change. With the arrival of David Richmond (Hans Matheson), a skeptical, young minister, Gladbury’s humble candlemaker, Edward Haddington (Sylvester McCoy) must fight to preserve his family’s legacy. When the Christmas Candle goes missing, the miraculous and the human collide in the most astonishing Christmas the town of Gladbury has ever seen.
The Christmas Candle releases November 22.
But now Echolight Studios is making headlines for another reason – infighting! Yes, amazingly enough, Rick Santorum can’t play well with others, and that has caused tension with the upper management of Echolight Studios, including the firing of two higher ups – Echolight chief global strategist Christopher Morrow, and Echolight president Bobby Downes. Morrow refused to give Santorum financial information about a film called Hoovey that lead to a bunch of hooting and hollering and firing, while Downes was bad talking Santorum to anyone who would listen – including backers of the studio – and got the axe for that. Then mysteriously the Echolight Facebook Page suddenly went on an anti-Santorum rant, and Rick Santorum responded by filing lawsuits against the two men.
Now, I will say that as CEO, Santorum should have been given the financial information about Hoovey, and the fact that he wasn’t is very suspicious. Bobby Downes has been identified as a founder of Echolight Studios before, but now Santorum is claiming no such thing, despite the press release announcing Santorum’s hire saying Downes was. A glorious mess this lawsuit will be, I pity the judge that has to read all the case files. This has the potential to seriously impact more entries in the Wobots series, which is where I draw my line in the sand! Give me more Wobots!