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With God on our Side
Date Wednesday April 23
Time 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location Details
Humanist Hall
390 27th Street
midtown Oakland, between Telegraph and Broadway, below Pill Hill
Event Type Screening
EmailHumanistHall [at]

Tracing the Christian Right movement back to its postwar roots, this documentary chronicles the emergence of conservative Christians as a potent political force. At the same time, it explores evangelical leaders' surprisingly rocky relationships with American Presidents from Billy Graham and Richard Nixon, to Jerry Falwell and Ronald Reagan, to Pat Robertson and George H. W. Bush. The film then focuses in on the evangelical journey of George W. Bush, from "sinner, believer, to President." Tracing Bush from his Midland midlife crisis to the war in Iraq, the film opens a window onto how the President's beliefs inform his decisions as Commander-in Chief. Along the way, it reveals surprising new information about Bush's "born-again" experience, and about the pivotal but little-known role he played in his father's 1988 presidential campaign. Viewed through the lens of evangelical conservatism, Bush's story emerges as a parable of the complex ways religion and politics mingle in American life. The film captures the spirit of the ever-growing Christian Right and addresses the persistent questions the movement raises: How does a free society draw the line between church and state while preserving a place for religious conviction in public life? How do media images of the Christian Right differ from the reality? And finally, when politicians and religious activists join forces, who holds the reins?

Before and after the film, everyone's invited to indulge in our Humanist Tea House

$5 donations are accepted
Added to the calendar on Friday Apr 4th, 2008 12:14 AM

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