Movie Night: “Hail Satan?”

Political Theater Bonus, Episode 70

Penny Lane, director of the documentary film "Hail Satan?" is interviewed for an episode of the Political Theater podcast in the CQ Roll Call podcast studio in Washington, D.C., on April 17, 2019 (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call).

Penny Lane’s documentary “Hail Satan?” is among the most entertaining civics lessons to come around in a long time. Chronicling in jaunty manner the origins and growth of the Satanic Temple, which the IRS just recently recognized as a bona fide church, Lane’s movie shows how the Temple has enforced the First Amendment’s separation of church and state across the country. Lane, the director of “Our Nixon,” and “Nuts,” discussed her new movie, the underlying issues and just how much resonance it has in our religiously charged times. (Anyone catch that National Prayer Day at the White House?) 

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