'Religious Liberty' Movie to Focus on Hobby Lobby Ruling

Tuesday, 01 Jul 2014 12:07 PM

By Drew MacKenzie

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Now that the Supreme Court has ruled on the Hobby Lobby case, get set for the movie.

Former presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s film production company is planning to release a documentary film Sept. 1 that will explore the controversial ruling, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Called "One Generation: The Erosion of Religious Liberty," the "docudrama" produced by EchoLight Studios will be shown in churches throughout the country before opening in theaters.

Although the documentary has been in the pipeline for some time, it will now also include the top court’s decision that allows certain employers to refuse to cover birth control for women under the Obamacare mandate.

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The case involved Hobby Lobby, a chain of arts-and-crafts stores employing 15,000 people, and Conestoga Wood Specialties, a cabinetmaker with 950 workers, both of which are owned by Christian families.

According to EchoLight, the movie claims that religious freedom has recently been impeded by free speech, political correctness, and government expansion, the Reporter said.

The film focuses on several current state and federal court cases, and features archived video of President Ronald Reagan speaking on religious freedom, as well as interviews with experts on the issue, including Fox News Channel host and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

EchoLight Studios President Jeff Sheets said the film "clearly presents the complex perspective on important issues, like the recent Hobby Lobby case, that your average Christian American doesn't think about every day."

The film company produces movies for "families of faith," and Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator, joined as chairman and CEO a year ago, the Reporter said.

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday that President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act violates federal laws protecting religious freedom by forcing companies to pay for insurance that covers certain kinds of contraception.

Hobby Lobby sued Secretary of Department of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius over the mandate, and the case was renamed Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores when Sylvia Burwell replaced Sebelius in April.

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