Every family in America needs to see this DVD! It is fantastic with its message, its cinematography, and its fairness in giving views from both sides with various examples, but it stands strongly in favor of every American’s right to worship and practice religious freedoms and choices.
Ronald Reagan is quoted from a speech he gave on March 30, 1961, which is the basis for this documentary’s title. Reagan said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from disappearing.” The DVD features the family that runs Hobby Lobby and treats their employees very well, but refused, due to religious conscience, to offer Abortion pills to them in health care coverage. There are those that argued they were wrong, but there are those that state they are to be admired for putting their moral conscience above the dollar sign. Other examples include a woman named Melissa Klein that ran a bakery shop and sold many wedding cakes. When her conscience did not allow her to bake a cake for a lesbian couple, she received so much persecution and loss of referrals from business acquaintances that she wound up closing her shop. A woman named Arlene, which has sold people of all backgrounds flowers, could not in good conscience make a flower display for a gay man and his partner who wanted it for their “wedding”, and so she was persecuted. She had always sold him flowers for every other reason but her beliefs would not allow her to sell flowers for a wedding.
Various professional people share their views including Tony Perkins, the President of Family Research Council, that said, “Government is not supposed to interfere.” A cross that adorns a Veteran’s Memorial is scrutinized and the freedom to display it is challenged. One veteran says he recently visited the grave of a friend, a soldier that died in 1967, and he knows that he and the other Veterans want the cross to remain. The question is then posed: What will be next, removing all the crosses at Arlington Memorial Cemetery? It’s alarming to learn that a kindergartner was prevented from praying over lunch and that some Christians have been told not to use the name of Jesus.
This fantastic documentary must be seen to be appreciated. It encourages religious people everywhere to link arms and to stand united in the quest to express religious beliefs. “One Generation Away” is awarded our Dove Seal for ages twelve plus, not to mention our highest rating, five Doves. This is a dramatic and powerful documentary.