Hail Satan?

This is from the director Penny Lane, who might be best known for making another documentary about Richard Nixon called Our Nixon (which was also fabulous).  This is a film about love and the struggle to be free.  It is about those that are considered to be different than “normal”.  The film is also about the struggle to shape our own morality and compassion.

While the film does not try to put down others I think where it really shines is showing how the religious are threatened by people who think and love in a different way.  For them their way is the right way and people that think otherwise are dangerous.  As an atheist I can tell you that I can’t tell if someone is “good” or “bad” based on their religious belief but I can sure as s*** tell you that people that do believe in magical books almost never walk the walk.  The belief in the belief is more important than the belief.

I was deeply inspired by the people that risked their personal professional lives for a greater cause.  I firmly believe that humans have the compassion and the moral compass to forge a better world.  One of the interesting themes in the movie that did not get a lot of air time was the disagreements that some of the leaders had when trying to grow their organization.

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Movie title: Hail Satan?

Movie description: A look at the intersection of religion and activism, tracing the rise of The Satanic Temple: only six years old and already one of the most controversial religious movements in American history. The Temple is calling for a Satanic revolution to save the nation's soul. But are they for real?

Date published: 2019-07-24

Director(s): Penny Lane

Actor(s): Lucien Greaves, Jex Blackmore, Nicholas Crowe, Malcolm Jarry, Mike Pence

Genre: Documentary

My Review

This is from the director Penny Lane, who might be best known for making another documentary about Richard Nixon called Our Nixon (which was also fabulous).  This is a film about love and the struggle to be free.  It is about those that are considered to be different than “normal”.  The film is also about the struggle to shape our own morality and compassion.

While the film does not try to put down others I think where it really shines is showing how the religious are threatened by people who think and love in a different way.  For them their way is the right way and people that think otherwise are dangerous.  As an atheist I can tell you that I can’t tell if someone is “good” or “bad” based on their religious belief but I can sure as s*** tell you that people that do believe in magical books almost never walk the walk.  The belief in the belief is more important than the belief.

I was deeply inspired by the people that risked their personal professional lives for a greater cause.  I firmly believe that humans have the compassion and the moral compass to forge a better world.  One of the interesting themes in the movie that did not get a lot of air time was the disagreements that some of the leaders had when trying to grow their organization.

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