The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today

Directed by Jay Rosenstein, 2010, 57 min, not rated
The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today is a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning documentary that tells the compelling personal story of the late Vashti McCollum, and how her efforts to protect her ten year-old son led to one of the most important and landmark First Amendment cases in U.S. Supreme Court history – the case that established the separation of church and state in public schools.  The case is little-known by the contemporary American public, yet the McCollum decision continues to have important ramifications for current conflicts over the role of religion in public institutions – from displays of the Ten Commandments in government buildings to student-led prayers at public school graduation ceremonies.
The film recounts what Vashti McCollum later described as “three years of headlines, headaches, and hatred,” and the dramatic legal maneuverings that led to a decision that shocked the nation and made the McCollums a household name.  ”Beautifully researched” according to the Peabody Awards, perhaps one reviewer described it best: “The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today (tells) a little-known story of a woman, a court case, and a movement that changed American society forever.”
Director Jay Rosenstein will be in attendance for Q&A following the screening.

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One Response to The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today

  1. Quine says:

    This documentary was very moving, for me. It is a shame that this case and the story behind it is not well known by the public at large. The audience sat transfixed with barely a sound through this showing, until the notice went up of the death of Vashti McCollum at the end, which was met with a universal gasp of sadness. The story of this great woman needs to be told until it is universally familiar to all in the movement to assert and keep our freedom from religion.

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