With God on Our Side - George W. Bush and the Rise of the Religious Right in America
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This provocative but balanced documentary begins by providing the historical context necessary to understand President Bush's evangelical agenda - exploring the five-decade political education of conservative Christians. Then it zeroes in on Bush himself with a religious biography - from his mid-life crisis involving excessive drinking and a failing business, to his pivotal meeting with a cross-carrying evangelist, and finally to the skillful embrace of 'born-again' imagery that helped elect him president.
Incorporating comprehensive historical detail and interviews with religious conservatives such as Jerry Falwell and Ralph Reed, as well as Bush confidants including former speechwriter David Frum, this "eye-opening" film "should be mandatory viewing for those interested in the dominant intersection between religion and politics." (Hollywood Reporter)
Serious, in-depth and even-handed...If you want to know how [evangelicalism] affected the course of politics in the 20th century, this documentary is an outstanding place
to start. --The Chicago Tribune
Scrupulously balanced, packed with historical, sociological, and cultural context. --Christian Science Monitor
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Explores various religious aspects across more than a quarter of a century.
The documentary discusses the importance of religion in modern politics and its place as a modern campaigning tool - using rare footage from Carter onward.
The other focus of the program is on the president and his personal embrace of religion. Though some are cynical, the program enables a better understanding for those unfamiliar with some of the personal history of Dubya.
The second part of the movie focused on the rise of George W. Bush as the latest hope of religious right to push their agenda. The movie makes a strong case for Bush's sincerity as a believing Christian. After seeing Bush praying and preaching and talking about God, it's hard to believe him to be completely cynical on the subject. The film buttresses the case for Bush the believer, but fails to note behaviors or positions at odds with that image.Read more ›
Well, would this be a bad thing for America? The astonishing thing is that many people would say "No, it wouldn't be a bad thing for America." The more amazing thing is, it could happen.
Democracy and the rule of law, the idea of equal rights for all citizens and a government of checks and balances is actually something new in the world if one takes a long view. Throughout most of human history most rulers were tyrannical and told the people that they derived their power and authority from God. Whether they were European kings, Japanese emperors, Islamic ayatollahs or Easter Island chieftains, they all spoke for and were to spoken to in a privileged way by God. It is only in the last two centuries or so that democratic leaders have risen to rule their countries without the claim that they rule by the authority of God. Thanks to the Enlightenment and the rise of education for the masses it has become increasing difficult to persuade the majority of people that any individual should rule because that individual (and his supporters) say he is God's choice. After all, who decides who is God's choice, and how can we know? Who speaks for God?
That is the real question. In Iran the ayatollahs speak for God. In America it is often the TV evangelist. But they speak in different tongues and they say diametrically opposed things. Both have the Truth and the Light.Read more ›
Watch it if it's on TV, but I wouldn't recommend spending money on the DVD.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The authors of this film try to make a hero of W, but they seem to have forgotten the disaster that was Iraq, the murder of 3000 innocent people at the World Trade Center, his... Read morePublished on December 25, 2013 by Zarathustra
Just the America people are rejecting GOD and " believing the local news media. I really enjoyed hearing and seeing the footage of our history. Read morePublished on April 26, 2013 by Ann
How anyone can call this film evenhanded is beyond comprehension. It's a creepy Valentine from the malignant far right, appealing to evangelicals to set aside the constitution and... Read morePublished on May 27, 2012 by Paulette Kenyon
A published review refers to this documentary as "evenhanded," but I don't agree. It seems distinctly dominated by the Christian point of view. Read morePublished on May 13, 2012 by Barbara Frederick
The day I watched this movie I also started The Audacity of Hope, by President Obama. Both are old news. Read morePublished on July 27, 2009 by JOHN GODFREY
Actually this is completely free of editorial opinion, nothing beyond a few basic facts are given by the producers. Read morePublished on November 24, 2007 by Bob from the Midwest
Before viewing "With God on Our Side," I suspected the title might be ironic or downright sarcastic. The film, I suspected, would seek to skewer George W. Read morePublished on June 8, 2007 by P. Mann
...whatever the names/aliases used by those who pretend to believe in such a thing, He would never have allowed the existence of Bushs nor any fanatic zealots who have been... Read morePublished on March 29, 2007 by philrob
Ignore those who claim this is an even-handed doc. It's a promotional film for the christian right thinly disguised as investigative journalism. Read morePublished on September 29, 2006 by Stephen Ashley Holt