The People's Legs Are Not Praying - Why Selma Is Not the Interfaith Movie I Was Hoping for

January 16, 2015 6:20 PM

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The movie Selma has been praised as the first major movie on the history of the civil rights movement. Most critics agree that Selma is powerful and impressive, nothing short of a cinematic masterpiece. But if there is one area where the movie disappoints, it is in drawing out the connection between the civil rights movement and religion. And if there's one thing we need to remember about Selma, it is precisely this dimly understood connection between liberal religion and social justice in America.

The storyline of the movie follows the civil rights campaign in Selma, Alabama, in February and March of 1965. It is an important history lesson worthy to be recalled, although as director Ava DuVernay maintains, Selma sometimes strays from the facts in service of a larger truth. The Southern Christ...

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