I came across this preview for a 2011 film that aired at the Sundance Film Festival: Red State. (Ed.'s Warning: Movie trailer contains strong language and graphic violence. Viewer discretion advised)
Adding to the list of films depicting the abuses of radical Christian sects (e.g Jesus Camp & Saved!), it looks like it will feature John Goodman leading FBI/SWAT/government forces team, pitted against the crazed belief-induced crusades against American adultery.
Maybe I am reading too much into a short trailer, but it seems indicative of a general sentiment in America--that stalwart machine-gunning-militant-government-protection is our salvation from the psychotic tendencies of those who allow faith to guide their lives. Obviously in extreme cases such as depicted in Red State, combative action is necessary; however, does this reflect a popular sentiment about what Americans want from their government and how they view the Christian faith?
While this may naturally lead to a church v. state political discussion, I am also interested in hearing thoughts on these types of films--what kinds of cultural sensitivities give rise to them, and how might they affect those sensitivities?