Hey, Gang, Let’s Play a Game!

That game? I’m calling it Persecuted Majority. It’s where the largest, most powerful group around pretends they are actually the weakest, and under constant attack from lesser beings who seek their destruction! The following video is informative.

That is the trailer for God’s Not Dead. It’s the latest Jesus fanwank to come out of Hollywood and, yeesh, does it sound awful. Here’s Wikipedia’s summary of the plot.

Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper), a naive freshman college student, enrolls in a philosophy class taught by an infamous and dictatorial professor. Professor Radisson (Kevin Sorbo) demands that all of his students must sign a declaration that “God is dead” in order to get a passing grade. Josh refuses and will go to any lengths to defend his belief in God, but he needs to take this class to meet his academic requirements. And so the professor strikes a bargain: Josh must defend his position that “God is Alive” in a series of debates with him in order to stay in the class. If he loses, he flunks. When Josh accepts the challenge, he gets more than he bargained for—jeopardizing his faith, his relationships, and even his future.

Ah, yes, because this would be far simpler than either a: reporting the professor to the college authorities for doing something that’s at least blatantly improper, if not perhaps illegal, or b: changing classes.

It’s really weird seeing all this happen. Probably about 80% of the American population are Christians of one flavor or another. They wield almost all the political, social and economic power in this country. Yet many of them have this totally bizarre fantasy that they’re somehow persecuted. This usually comes up when their rights are “threatened” by things like not being allowed to have organized prayer in public schools.

Let’s also take a moment to clear up a misconception in the trailer, not that it will make a difference to the audience of this movie. I don’t know of any atheist who hates God. That’s like hating Darth Vader, Sauron or Voldemort. We consider God to be a fictional character at best, and generally don’t hate such things. We do, however, quite often get very irked by what the Jesus freaks do in his name, however. Like, you know, trying to force organized prayers in public schools.

This movie looks incredibly stupid. Also, to take a cheap shot or two, wow, Kevin Sorbo looks like crap these days. I do find it amusing that he and Dean Cain both had their most famous roles playing Christ figures. But neither has been really relevant since the 1990s, so I think they, and their stupid little movie, can be largely ignored.


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