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Monday, April 14, 2008

The Birth of Freedom Trailer

I'm at a location with a broadband connection tonight, so I'm catching up a little.

This vide is a trailer from the Acton Institute, and features a moving coming out this summer on freedom.

It not only looks at the origins of the American ideas of freedom--ideals which were and still are revolutionary--but examines the lie that faith values should be kept out of the public square:

Abolitionists should have kept their faith out of the struggle against slavery?

Martin Luther King should have kept his faith out of the struggle for civil rights?

People who fought against the terrible crimes committed in the name of eugenics (does "Margaret Sanger" come to mind?) should have kept their faith out of politics?

I'll be watching for this film.



About the video:

The American founders said that all men are created equal and are endowed with certain unalienable rights. That among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. They called this a self evident truth. 87 years later, Abraham Lincoln reaffirmed this idea on the Civil War battlefield of Gettysburg. And in 1963 these same words echoed from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial as Martin Luther King, Jr. urged America to fulfill the promise of its founding.

But humans are separated by enormous differences in talent and circumstance. Why would anyone believe that all men are created equal? That all should be free? That all deserve a voice in choosing their leaders? Why would any nation consider this a self-evident truth?

For the millions around the world who have never tasted liberty the question cries for an answer.

How is freedom born?


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