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With God on Our Side: George W. Bush and the Rise of the Religious Right in America

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For many years, religious faith had little to do with American politics, but in the late '60s, as the youth-oriented counterculture became increasingly visible, a small number of right-wing Christians on the other end of the political spectrum began sketching out plans to claim a larger share of the electoral playing field. In 1976, Jimmy Carter was the first self-described born-again Christian to win the presidency, and while many fundamentalist Christians quickly became dissatisfied with his leftist views, his ...
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Overview

For many years, religious faith had little to do with American politics, but in the late '60s, as the youth-oriented counterculture became increasingly visible, a small number of right-wing Christians on the other end of the political spectrum began sketching out plans to claim a larger share of the electoral playing field. In 1976, Jimmy Carter was the first self-described born-again Christian to win the presidency, and while many fundamentalist Christians quickly became dissatisfied with his leftist views, his victory set a valuable precedent. Additionally, as noted Christian commentators such as Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson took a far more active role in politics, a growing number of political candidates most of them Republicans became aware of the importance of courting what became known as "the Religious Right," with George W. Bush enjoying particular success as he stressed moral and cultural issues in his two campaigns for president and, to a certain degree, successfully camouflaging his reckless past and openly courted the Christian vote. With God on Our Side: George W. Bush and the Rise of the Christian Right is a documentary which looks at the politics and spiritual issues behind the new Christian right, and how the movement came to become a major force in post-millennial America.
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Special Features

Politics: A Christian Viewpoint; Early Evangelical History; How Evangelicals Vote; NPR interview with filmmakers; Biographies
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/2005
  • UPC: 720229911726
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: First Run Features
  • Presentation: B&W / Colorized
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 77,327

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jerry Falwell Interviewee
Ralph Reed Interviewee
Technical Credits
David Van Taylor Director
Deb Lewis Cinematographer
Ali Pomeroy Producer
Charles Schuerhoff Producer
Calvin Skaggs Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- With God on Our Side: George W. Bush and the Rise of the Religious Right
1. Sinner, Believer, President [3:07]
2. A Tremendous Resentment [7:49]
3. "That Born-Again Business" [8:57]
4. Virgin Timber [9:30]
5. Prophets and Advisors [10:09]
6. "We Love Pat!" [7:20]
7. As Long as It Takes [6:16]
8. Prodigal Son [7:18]
9. The Real Deal [6:50]
10. Faith and Ambition [9:37]
11. First Evangelical [7:22]
12. A Monumental Struggle [9:25]
13. To Extend the Kingdom [6:27]
14. End Credits [:30]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- With God on Our Side: George W. Bush and the Rise of the Religious Right
   Play Film
   Chapters
   Special Features
      Politics: A Christian Viewpoint
      Early Evangelical History
      NPR's Fresh Air Audio Interview With Filmmakers
         Intro/Political Frustrations
         The Abortion Issue
         The Homosexuality Issue
         The Future
      About the Filmmakers
         Calvin Skaggs
         David Van Taylor
         Ali Pomeroy
         Lewanne Jones
         Selected Lumiere Films
      More on the Religious Right
      How Evangelicals Vote
      Companion Book
      Trailer Gallery
         Bonhoeffer
         The Trials of Henry Kissinger
         Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train
         For More Information Please Contact Us
   First Run Features
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