Directed by Abigail Disney & Kathleen Hughes • Documentary • 2015 • 87 minutes
What is the price of conscience? Directed by Abigail E. Disney, The Armor of Light follows the journey of an Evangelical minister trying to find the courage to preach about the growing toll of gun violence in America. The film tracks Reverend Rob Schenck, anti abortion activist and fixture on the political far right, who breaks with orthodoxy by questioning whether being progun is consistent with being prolife. Reverend Schenck is shocked and perplexed by the reactions of his longtime friends and colleagues who warn him away from this complex, politically explosive issue.
Along the way, Rev. Schenck meets Lucy McBath, the mother of Jordan Davis, an unarmed teenager who was murdered in Florida and whose story has cast a spotlight on "Stand Your Ground" laws. Also an Evangelical Christian, McBath's personal testimony compels Rev. Schenck to reach out to pastors around the country to initiate a biblical conversation on the Christian response to gun violence. Lucy is on a difficult journey of her own, trying to make sense of her devastating loss while using her grief to effect some kind of viable and effective political action-where so many before her have failed.
The documentary follows these allies through their trials of conscience, heartbreak and rejection, as they bravely attempt to make others consider America's gun culture through a moral lens. The film is also a courageous look at our fractured political culture and an assertion that it is, indeed, possible for people to come together across deep party lines to find common ground.