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.