These Atheists Saw God’s Not Dead 2 So You Don’t Have To April 2, 2016

These Atheists Saw God’s Not Dead 2 So You Don’t Have To

I’m sure all of you have seen God’s Not Dead 2 by now, but on the off chance you haven’t bought a ticket to this celebration of fake Christian victimhood, a couple of masochistic atheists did it for you.

In case you need a summary of the film, Melissa Joan Hart plays a high school teacher (Grace) who harmlessly quotes the Bible in class. She’s then sued by a student whose parents believe in separation of church and state. A trial ensues.

This would never happen in real life, of course, but since there are no real Christian Persecution stories to build a movie around, the filmmakers just made everything up, including how atheists would respond to Hart’s character. (It’s Christianity. They’re used to telling fictional stories to make a point.)

Producer David A.R. White‘s response to that criticism was that atheists shouldn’t be offended if we really think this never happens: “I don’t think it would annoy people if it wasn’t true.” As if atheists should just embrace this kind of slander against us. It’s the very perpetuation of that false stereotype that leads people to make films like God’s Not Dead.

Anyway, Chris Line, a law student who works with the Freedom From Religion Foundation, has perhaps the best rebuttals to the plot points in the film. For example, would a group like FFRF actually sue this teacher?

A group like FFRF or the ACLU likely wouldn’t even lodge a complaint with a school over this sort of trivial mention of Jesus, let alone file a lawsuit. There are plenty of cases of actual school proselytization to keep them busy.

What about the parents who file the lawsuit? In the film, they’re told they’ll make a lot of money and their daughter (the student in Grace’s classroom) will likely be accepted into Stanford as a result of the case.

Contrary to what the movie suggests most Establishment Clause cases seek nominal damages or no damages at all and only seek an injunction preventing the school district from taking a similar action in the future. The reality of Establishment Clause cases is that lawsuits are really about keeping church and state separate and not about receiving fame, notoriety, or huge sums of money.

It goes on like that for a while.

It’s almost like the writers of the movie never bothered to check out the facts… shocking, I know.

Neil Carter also saw the film and live-tweeted his way through it.

Here’s just a sampling:

Good to see everything’s fine and dandy in ChristianMartyrLand.

You know, it looks like there’s enough material in this movie for atheists to complain about that we could make our own persecution film about it! And if you think I’m joking, just realize that God’s Not Dead 2 had even less source material.

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