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Fans and foes alike have been taking to social media platform Twitter to express support and criticism for "Monumental," the documentary created by actor and devout Christian Kirk Cameron that links America's founding to faith in God.
Some who have seen the film, being shown in select cities across the nation this week, say it is as an insightful, historical account into the lives of the early pilgrims, who relied heavily on their courage and faith in God to migrate from England to America.
"If you want to know *why* we've had it so good in America, go see #Monumental. The Pilgrims are inspiring people. What faith! What courage!" tweeted Tania Michaels.
"Highly recommend you watch #monumental it is a [sic] eye opening film about our history that has been scrubbed by liberals over the last 50 years," tweeted Esteban Bovo, a Republican commissioner in Miami Dade County, Fla.
In the film, Cameron finds that the pilgrims relied on themselves, not the U.S. government, to instill the foundations of virtue and character in the future offsprings of America. Cameron, an active evangelist, believes that modern-day Americans have the same responsibility to teach their children good values, particularly the importance of faith.
"Today, most people are looking to the government to take care of them. Help me with my education. Help me buy a house, and get a job, give me my healthcare, give me my benefits and my government handouts, and take care of me and my family," Cameron recently shared with The Christian Post.
"What people are actually doing is looking to the government to be their savior […] and when you do that, you give all of the power to the savior that you are depending on," he added.
In the preview for the documentary, Cameron narrates that something is "sick in the soul of our country." Many supporters of the film have expressed agreement that Christians must encourage fundamental values in their children for the future of America.
"Saw Kirk Cameron's #Monumental last night. Awesome film. Amazing how far America has fallen & how our children are taught lies re: history," tweeted "Biblical Christian" and conservative Chris Black.
Other "Monumental" viewers, however, have expressed wariness of the documentary. Some question the film's historical accuracy, while others argue that it offers an extremist approach to "fixing America."
"Kirk Cameron's new 'documentary,' in select theaters tonight, presents a scary and extreme fundamentalist viewpoint," tweeted Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, a D.C.-based group that advocates for the separation of church and state.
"Monumental" was shown more than 500 movie theaters during its one-night special event Tuesday. Due to high demand, the film will be screened a second time on March 30 in select theaters.