Tea Partiers Root for 'Atlas Shrugged' Movie

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Tea Party and libertarian groups are waging a grassroots campaign for a new movie that aligns with many of their ideals.

"Atlas Shrugged" is part one of a movie series based on the 1957 influential novel by author Ayn Rand.

Rand was an atheist, but believed in morality based on freedom and individual responsibility. Her philosophy is now known as "objectivism."

"Atlas Shrugged," which releases Friday in select theatres, follows the story of a steel maker and railroad magnate who fight collectivists and scheming politicians from the left to save a futuristic but crumbling America.

The main producer's son was raised as an atheist, but is now a Christian trying to bring other believers together with Rand where possible.

Mark Henderson, blogmaster for "The Soul of Atlas," said Rand's philosophy and the Christian faith match up in, "the stand for individual liberty, the stand for absolute moral values which, while there's some disagreement, there's a lot of overlap."

The "Atlas Shrugged" premiere was held this week in Washington.

Producer John Aglialoro, a lifelong disciple of Rand's philosophy of objectivism, believes those who want a strong, thriving free America must come together to save their nation as it slides toward socialism.

"Benjamin Franklin said, 'Hang separately or hang together,'" Aglialoro said. "We need Christians to join with the philosophy of objectivists, and let's together regain our country back again."

"Atlas Shrugged" will only open in about 300 theatres nationwide. But producers are urging those who want to see the movie to go online and demand the film come to their community.

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