God in Government

God in GovernmentThis documentary explores the complex relationship between religion & politics in the contemporary world. With the United States as the focal point, and Iran, Israel and India as object lessons, the film asks fundamental questions like: What is the appropriate relationship between ‘church’ and state in a modern society?

To explore how the volatile mix of God in government has shaped policy and national identities abroad, the documentary crosses the world's continents and cultures.
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Explore the tension between religion & politics in the modern world.

GOD IN GOVERNMENT is a documentary that explores the complex relationship between religion & politics in the contemporary world. With the United States as the focal point, and Iran, Israel and India as object lessons, the film asks fundamental questions: What are the consequences when religion and politics become intertwined? What are the fault lines along which tensions and conflicts occur? And what is the appropriate relationship between ‘church’ and state in a modern society?

The film begins and ends in the UNITED STATES, the only nation founded specifically on the principle of a clear separation between religion and state. Here, the debate over the implications of the First Amendment has continued for more than two hundred years. With a vocal Christian right seeking to influence domestic and foreign policy, and an increasingly diverse religious landscape, the debate about the appropriate role of religion in America’s public square has become more urgent than ever.

To explore how the volatile mix of God in government has shaped policy and national identities abroad, the documentary crosses the world's continents and cultures.

In IRAN the story of the revolution that awoke the world to the revitalized power of a modern, political Islam. Here, secularization was rejected in favor of an Islamic constitution subjugating the rights of the citizens to the rule of God. After over two decades into their political experiment, we discover how conservative, progressive and secular Iranians are struggling to realize competing visions of religion’s role and influence in their ‘Islamic’ Republic.

The State of ISRAEL began with a ‘religious status quo’ agreement balancing the demands of secular Zionists with Orthodox religious requirements. Fifty years later, a changing demographic and widening gap between Orthodox and secular Israelis have led to a national identity crisis and public protests over attempts to redefine the character of the State. Is Israel a Zionist state, a Jewish state, an ethnic state, a liberal democracy based on citizenship – or a mix of all these elements?

INDIA has prided itself since independence on its democratic and secular values. The constitution defines India as a sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic republic. But growing tensions between the Hindu majority and a Muslim minority, together with deadly communal violence has raised questions as to whether India can remain secular – or whether it is gradually becoming a Hindu nation.

Insightful contributions from leading academics and activists clarify the issues and illuminate the debate. But at the heart of the film, memorable personal and political stories set against a backdrop of political campaigns and religious celebrations reveal how the interplay of religion and politics affects the decisions made by domestic and global leaders, and plays out in the lives of ordinary citizens here and around the world.

As Iran struggles with its theocracy, as Israelis remain divided over the role of the ultra-Orthodox in their daily life, and as India deals with decades of conflict fueled by religion, so too is America facing its own identify crisis over the relationship of church and state.

With:
Diana Eck, Harvard University
Jay Demerath, University of Massachusetts
Jim Backlin, Christian Coalition of America
Rep. Henry Brown, R-South Carolina
Rev. James Forbes, Riverside Church
Joseph Loconte, The Heritage Foundation
Madeleine Albright, Fmr US Secretary of State
Rev. Barry Lynn, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State
Samantha Smoot, Texas Freedom Network
Rep. Henry Waxman, D-California
Fareed Zakaria, Fmr. Editor, Newsweek International

A production of The Independent Production Fund in association with CTVC and Faith & Values Media
Executive Producer: Alvin H. Perlmutter
Senior Producer: Graham Judd
Supervising Producer/Writer: Elena Mannes
Producers: Sarah Lambert & Miles Roston
Editor: Girish Bhargava
Narrator: Larry Keith
Major funding provided by Faith & Values Media & The Open Society Institute
NTSC 4:3 - 56-minutes
© 2004 & 2011 The Independent Production Fund Inc.

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