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Controversial Documentary on Religion Unveiled

BY Tim Drake

| Posted 9/2/09 at 3:10 PM

 

If you were to meet 10 average Americans on the street, nine of them would say they believe in God. So, why is the gospel of love dividing America?

Dan Merchant (a.k.a. The Bumper-Sticker Man) put on a bumper sticker-clad jumpsuit and decided to find out.

After talking with scores of men and women on streets all across the nation, and also interviewing many well-known active participants in today’s “culture wars,” the result is Merchant’s documentary Lord Save Us From Your Followers.

The documentary takes a look at the often divisive and angry rhetoric that’s come to characterize religious media coverage. In the documentary, Merchant interviews people on all sides of the divide, including Sen. Rick Santorum, evangelical Tony Compolo, conservative radio host Michael Reagan, Sen. Al Franken and others. Bono, Rick Warren, Bill Maher, James Dobson, George Clooney, Stephen Colbert, Ann Coulter and Pat Robertson are featured, as well.

It’s a diverse group, but the film, which opens Sept. 25 in select theaters, has people talking about faith.