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Sen. Rick Santorum, a former GOP presidential candidate, is preparing to release his first movie, “The Christmas Candle,” in a few weeks, and he says it’s unabashedly a story about good.

And he says that’s what America needs right now.

In an interview with WND, Santorum, who sought the GOP nomination for president in the 2012 election, said during his time in the U.S. Senate he could see the impact on people’s lives from “what’s going on in the popular culture.”

That, in fact, he said, was a significant force in “reshaping the culture of America” and even going so far as to “reshape even the founding principles.” The changes are evident everywhere, from California’s social agenda that teaches homosexuality to school children to the Obama administration’s multiple attacks on Christianity, defining members of the faith as “extremists” and “hate groups.”

Americans of faith, Santorum decided, “can’t just sit on the sidelines or play defense.”

“Conservatives have done that for 50 years,” he said. “But we have something to say. Our values are not being reflected. Elements of our stories are not being told.”

And the values and stories of the faithful “are equal to or much better than what’s there now,” he said.

His project, based on the story by Max Lucado, will be in theaters nationwide Nov. 22. It’s set in the English countryside, where legend in the village of Gladbury tells how an angel, every 25 years, visits the village candlemaker and touches a single candle.

Whoever lights that candle receives a miracle on Christmas Eve, but at the dawn of the electric age, in 1890, there are threats to the legend.

When David Richmond (Hans Matheson), a progressive young minister, arrives in Gladbury, the villagers discover a new formula for miracles: good deeds and acts of kindness. While David’s quest to modernize Gladbury sets him at odds with the old world candlemaker, he finds an unlikely ally in the lovely skeptic, Emily Barstow (Samantha Barks). Now, the fiery candlemaker must fight to preserve the legacy of the Christmas Candle. But when the candle goes missing, the miraculous and human collide in the most astonishing Christmas the village of Gladbury has ever seen.

“What we’re making is inspirational content. It just reflects the truth,” Santorum told WND, “about what’s good, really beautiful in America.”

It’s not politics, it’s not politically driven, it’s just “good and virtuous.”

He notes that a goodly portion of the Bible is made up of stories, and in fact, Jesus, often taught in parables.

“Telling stories is a very important part of shaping morals,” the senator said.

In a statement accompanying an announcement about the film, Santorum added, “It’s a great blessing to be able to change the narrative after so many years of attacks on Christmas in our culture. Rather than cursing the darkness, we chose to light a candle.”

Produced by Tom Newman of Tulsa-based Impact Productions (“Home Run,” “End of the Spear”) and distributed by Santorum’s Dallas-based EchoLight Studios, “The Christmas Candle” is the acting debut of British singing sensation Susan Boyle alongside cast of Hollywood talent.

“We placed great emphasis on the quality of the production, filming at a village in the English Cotswolds for authenticity and emphasizing period costumes and props for realism,” explained Newman. “Many of the cast, while seasoned veterans of the stage and film, found themselves touched by this lovely story and script full of hope and the true spirit of Christmas.”

Directed by John Stephenson, “The Christmas Candle” stars Hans Matheson (“Clash of the Titans,” “Sherlock Holmes”), Samantha Barks (“Les Miserables”), Lesley Manville (Disney’s “A Christmas Carol”), Sylvester McCoy (“The Hobbit” trilogy, “Doctor Who”), John Hannah (“The Mummy,” “Four Weddings and a Funeral”), Barbara Flynn (“Miss Potter”) and James Cosmo (“Game of Thrones,” “Braveheart”).

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