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What's the Matter with Kansas? (2009)

Unrated  |   |  Documentary  |  30 July 2010 (USA)
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In 'What's the Matter with Kansas?' a politically active Kansas megachurch splinters, moves to an amusement park, and when that fails, a Best Western motel. Meanwhile, an idealistic farmer ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Alyssa Barden ...
Brittany Barden ...
Herself - Volunteer, Phill Kline Campaign
Dawn Barden ...
Matthew Barden ...
Nicholas Barden ...
Rob Barden ...
Himself - Volunteer, Phill Kline Campaign
Tiffany Barden ...
Brad Bennett ...
Himself - Pro-Life Activist
Cindie Bennett ...
Herself - Pro-Life Activist
Julie Burkhart ...
Herself - ProKanDo, Kansas Pro-Choice Advocacy Group
Angel Dillard ...
Herself - Pro-Life Activist
Katy Dillard ...
Herself - Angel & Rob's Daughter
Reagan Dillard ...
Herself - Angel & Rob's Daughter
Rob Dillard ...
Himself - Emergency Room Physician
Thomas Etheredge ...
Himself - Owner, WIld West World


In 'What's the Matter with Kansas?' a politically active Kansas megachurch splinters, moves to an amusement park, and when that fails, a Best Western motel. Meanwhile, an idealistic farmer revives Kansas' progressive tradition, taking his message all the way to Washington, D.C. Written by Laura Cohen

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How conservatives won the heart of America.






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Nationalism and Fundamentalism
15 April 2014 | by (Minneapolis, USA) – See all my reviews

This imperfect documentary most of the time seems like a mockumentary. Ultra religious folks, home-schooled teenagers, loopy pastors, eccentric farmers and so on... Some viewers seem upset that the filmmakers didn't provide some answers to whatever happened to Kansas. I think they did. The lethal and usually explosive mixture of nationalism and fundamentalism. Some of these unfortunate evangelical Christians are so petrified of everything even remotely unfamiliar, that deceiving them becomes a piece of cake. For me, an idea that you should hold your church services in a theme park is as idiotic as it is blasphemous, but apparently not to these fine people. But then if your religion is about happy-clappy nonsense without any intelligent thought, you can actually be swindled by a fake Christian even if you happen to be a emergency room doctor. And on a somber note, few days ago a fundamentalist white supremacist on a rampage against Jews kills by mistake 2 Methodists and 1 Catholic. Frightened people are the most dangerous species on this planet. God help us.

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