"One Generation Away" Documentary Shows Consequences on Conservative Business Owners of what could Happen in the Future
FRANKLIN, Tenn., April 27, 2015 /Christian Newswire
/ -- Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments to determine if same-sex marriage should be nationally recognized in the United States starting April 28. The outcome of these hearings, set for late June, could cause a potentially damaging ripple effect for conservative business owners who, based on their personal religious beliefs, do not want to participate in same-sex wedding ceremonies as was explored in the award-winning EchoLight Studios documentary, "One Generation Away
"One of the biggest changes in this country in the last four or five years is the level of hostility rising toward people of faith taking public viewpoints in their business or in the public square, even in schools and the military," said Former Senator and EchoLight CEO Rick Santorum. "Those who want to live their life consistent with biblical teachings are not being given space to do that. "
The backdrop to the Supreme Court holding this hearing is a number of high-profile cases of Christian business owners being forced by the government to provide services for same-sex weddings. As highlighted in "One Generation Away," which was released last September, there is a growing understanding that the redefinition of marriage cannot be separated from a loss of freedom.
"It is an increasing view that if you are not with this new orthodoxy, the secularism that is now coming from the government, that these are the values that the government values. If you don't live up to those values, well then you can be persecuted and maybe even prosecuted for doing so," concluded Santorum.
"One Generation Away" focuses on seven cases of religious freedom disputes throughout the United States: the wedding service providers in Oregon and Washington, Mt. Soledad Veteran's Memorial in San Diego, Hobby Lobby, chaplaincy in the military, as well as two education cases with a collegiate counseling program, and high school cheerleaders in Kountze, Texas. Each case clearly presents both sides of the issue, and reflects on how the First Amendment, Equal Protection Clause, Free Exercise Clause and Religious Freedom Restoration Act are interpreted and applied.
Veteran Producer and Director Ken Carpenter solicited commentary from more than 70 interviewees, including 44th Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee; New York Times bestselling author and speaker Eric Metaxas; Executive Director of the Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Barry Lynn; American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Attorney James McElroy; Senior Pastor of Hope Christian Church Bishop Harry R. Jackson Jr.; Freedom From religion Foundation Co-President Dan Barker; Fox News Host Todd Starnes; President of the Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention Russell Moore; and dozens more of America's respected business and community leaders.
For more information about "One Generation Away," now available on DVD and showing in select EchoLight Cinemas nationwide, visit onegenerationawaymovie.com
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