“We the People”, Part 4 of the “God is Not Dead” saga, which began in 2014, now addresses the issue of freedom. Homeschooling, feared in the United States, is a pretext for defending the true idea of individual freedom, dear America. Movie available on VOD and DVD.
What to sacrifice freedom, if not its integrity and its happiness? After the first movie god is not deadin which the professor of philosophy calls on one of his students to prove the existence of God, this fourth opus is more political than his name suggests. God did not die: we humans. In each film we find Reverend Dave Hill, responsible for the parish of Saint-Jud. After an inspection by the local government, the reverend is called to Washington DC to defend a group of Christian families who have been learning at home.
Reverend Dave, convinced that the right to educate his own children is a freedom worth fighting for, is committed to this case, which will determine the future of religious freedom for the entire country. As the founder of the association, which provides these families with home education, he is facing the front lines. Critics of home education find it unnecessary and arbitrary, even dangerous for social integration.
On the other hand, parents, supported by Reverend Hill, argue solely by advocating the importance of providing religious education – withdrawn from public education – to their children. An inaudible argument for elected officials summoned to court. And really insufficient for the audience. This will require several discussions between venerable and passionate Christians in order for a more central point to emerge. One of them states: “If you discredit the founding fathers, you will also discredit what they have bequeathed to us. Instead of people thinking that their rights come directly from God, we are doing everything we can to convince young people that the government is the only arbiter. And this will replace freedom with control. »
Here we are right in the current American struggle, in which both founding fathers and traditional teachers fall out of grace on the pretext of intolerance, past immorality (slavery, etc.) or even disrespect for differences and new individuals. In short, learning capable of giving “fingers of thought” wants to be replaced by right thinking and brainwashing.
Homeschooling, the fight for freedom
Later, other parents, unbelievers, join their cause, arguing that they use home education for pragmatic reasons, such as the education of a handicapped child. Several figures, including the future pastor of Asian descent, remind us of the Christian foundations of the American Constitution, especially the stubborn defense of the true principle of freedom.
In the course of several intrigues and pitfalls, the defense of home education becomes the very defense of democracy.
During this time, they are guided by several stories, more or less useful. How this convert emigrated to the United States, with which her father refused to speak until her accident. Or the son of the parents expected, under threat of a fine, in court to meet the daughter of the judge who is involved in the trial. In the course of several intrigues and pitfalls, the defense of home education becomes the very defense of democracy. Reverend Hill reminded elected officials that they had been elected “by the people, for the people and on behalf of the people.” Although faith in God and the pursuit of good take precedence here in their struggle.
It is this American film, both in the use of grandiose music – sometimes exaggerated – in superficial emotional scenes, as well as in the characterization of the characters, that has the merit of pointing to the problem of new standards in a society that tends to become less and less liberated. . less than government expectations. It thus offers a relevant reflection on the question of the freedom and behavior of the people who were created voluntarily under God’s protection.