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|Soldiers in the Army of God|
Actors: Paul Hill, Neal Horsley, Bob Lokey, Jonathan O'Toole
Directors: Daphne Pinkerson, Marc Levin
Many of the most extreme members of the anti-abortion movement reveal themselves to HBO cameras for the first time in this disturbing verite documentary. The film focuses primarily on "soldiers" in the Army of God, a pro-l... more »
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Damian M. (ratchet)
Reviewed on 3/11/2009...
An amazing inside-view of these fervently anti-abortion Christians. The most vocal of this group are a diverse bunch. There is the tattooed biker ex-con, there's the former hippie (still extolling the virtues of marijuana) who operates the "Nuremberg Files" website [which, oddly, sometimes doesn't constitute 'free speech']), the 19 year old (kicked out of the Marines because of this documentary) bible-thumper and Islam supporter who married in a synagogue, among a host of others. From experience I don't let people know what my views on the subject (I tend to anger both sides of the spectrum equally), but I do have to say the Army of God members came across as much more likable than the pro-abortionists. I just wish more focus was placed on Eric Rudolf (but I guess the timing just wasn't right).
Rocio M. (Rlizz) from HESPERIA, CA
Reviewed on 2/18/2009...
(Back of the DVD Case) HBO DOCUMENTARIES
A rare, inside look at some of the leaders and Soldiers in training of the most extreme anti-abortion group in the United States, The Army of God. This film candidly explores the reasons why these people advocate terrorist tactics, such as bombing clinics and killing doctors, and looks at the chilling effects this violence has had on abortion providers.
Karlis Streips | Riga, Latvia | 05/04/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was slack-jawed during most of this excellently produced documentary, in which men (almost entirely men) discuss breaking the law in pursuit of their crazed "Christian" agenda. There were a couple of things which struck me particularly hard. First of all, again I say that almost all of these aborto-terrorists are men. It seems that none of them has ever been pregnant or had to deal with the emotions of keeping or getting rid of a pregnancy. What the hell are they doing in the debate? Second, the men all appeared to be completely sans women -- the lead loony said that God told him to stay away from women altogether. That's a convenient way of saying "I don't think any woman would be crazed enough to come anywhere near me". He also announced that on God's orders, he circumcized himself, "and I'm probably the only one who's done that and isn't insane." Now there's a wee bit of self-delusion. He is insane, and he is such an excellent representative of how crazed semi-fascists have taken over the Christian church in America. What a sad thing that is in a democracy. What a sad, sad thing, but thanks to the people who produced this documentary, which should open up many, many eyes."
j. sistin | Los Angeles, CA | 04/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Thou shalt not kill" is not a conditional statement, yet the Army of God, in their arrogance, decided they have the right to choose who deserves to live and die in this fascinating documentary. This film is an excellent exploration into how people, driven by the urge to "do good", commit horrible acts of violence(in other words: evil). The utter hypocrisy of their actions is breathtaking, if not ironic, as they condemn individuals they deem "murderers" while martyring people who murderer for their cause. A human, if disturbing, portrait, of faith and morality gone horribly awry. Judge not, lest ye be judged."
Excellent but dated and missing something important
John Thornton | Midwest | 10/29/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I saw this film recently and it was an eye open but was missing something vital to the story in my opinion.
One reviewer, and Army of God member J Graff, admonishes people to remember that this was all in the past and these "colorful figures" (his words, not mine, I'd call them criminal sociopaths) were also in the past. The AoG is in his words "different today". One visit to their website to view a picture of Scott Roeder, the murderer of Dr. Tiller on May 31st of 2009, as an "American Hero" might lead others to the realization that this terrorist group is as dangerously fanatical today as ever. They are a terrorist group by any meaningful definition of the word so let's not mince words when discussing organizations such as this. They use terror and murder in an attempt to force society to change to fit their desires They are also organized in cells, much like other terrorist groups, to keep any one person from knowing too much about their members and activities.
The serious flaw in this documentary is what is missing. These fanatics draw their source of inspiration from a 4th century collection of ancient writings. It is past time to put away such childish things. Bronze age myths may or may not have been good for bronze age society but they are absolutely horrible as a source of any guidance in today's modern world. Put these fanatic's book of "inspiration" on the shelf with all other ancient mythological works of fiction and let us move on as a society shall we? Pretending that there is anything of value in this ancient collection is exacting a terrible toll on us today. It is dangerous to continue to be accommodating to those who claim they have access to some sort of absolute revealed truth. Their text either is or isn't what these fanatics claim it to be be. We need to stop pretending there is a middle moderate ground because that is what makes terrorist fanatics like the AoG possible. Psychiatrists call it enabling and that is exactly what so many of us are doing every day. The documentary would have made much more sense had this FACT been included."