Before I begin I want to make it clear my standing on Christians. Often times I refer to them as “Corpse Worshippers,” who pray to a “Corpse God,” and defame their faith for my own amusement, but it does not come from a place of malice. I do not hate Christians or other peoples of a given religion. The cornerstone of a constitutional society such as ours is tolerance of those who mind their own business. I disagree with most belief systems, but that does not mean I advocate for segregation or think they should be gassed. I have had girlfriends break up with me because I do not have religion and I tolerate their existence. In fact, a good handful of my friends are Christian and they seem fine with me. However, I can only accept a minor inconvenience before it becomes a major one.
On the blog I have a page titled “Cine-Sadism,” a series where I analyze mainstream Christian films. I have only done two and reviewed another another called War Room. All of these movies exhibit qualities synonymous with propaganda. They reinterpret elements of society through a Christian ideological lens, painting their worldview in a dangerously thick layer of ignorance. What they usually say is without God there is no morality, praying to fix your marriage is the only solution, and Atheists are inherently evil.
The first Christian propaganda movie I watched was God’s Not Dead, the story of a college student debating the existence of God with his philosophy professor. The story also followed a liberal blogger, the professor, and a Muslim student. It is a microcosm of the Christian worldview, an examination how they see those that are not themselves in the most misinformed and offensive ways possible. It exposes a degree hatred and sheer stupidity on par with The Eternal Jew. It is baffling to think people actually take such ignorance as gospel (pun intended).
Of course, it is wrong to assume these films and their creators represent all Christians, but somehow they garner success. The Kendrick Brothers, Kirk Cameron, and David A.R. White are allowed to remain relevant because Christians consume their detritus. We have come to a point where they have taken up the mantel of Social Justice Warriors and become professional victims. They create a narrative of persecution and it continues to be an ever-growing trend. Was God’s Not Dead 2 (GND2), their latest attempt to sap pity, more offensive than its predecessor or does it have something good to say?
After responding to a student’s question that equates the philosophies of MLK and Ghandi to Jesus Christ, Grace, played by Melissa Joan Hart, is reprimanded by the school board for bringing religion into the classroom. When she refuses to apologize, the incident turns into a court case that garners national attention.
The basis of propaganda is the use of anecdotal conjecture to sell an agenda. To use Goebbels as an example, his Titantic movie portrayed the ship’s sinking as a result of the upper class passengers’ snobbery and greed. Tying the cause of the disaster to persons that personify the negativity of capitalism leads the audience to think the system is inherently wrong and should be abandoned. It is a simple ploy that six million Jews can prove works affectively.
Both GND movies use the straw man method of taking an argument and dragging it into irrelevancy, blowing it completely out of proportion. If you are an Atheist, you lack morals; if you are a liberal, you are a bad person; if you are not Christian, you are the enemy. The conflict in GND1 began when the protagonist refused to sign a paper that said, “God is Dead” for his class. The professor gave him a choice of deducting his grade or debating. Instead of signing a meaningless piece of paper, the protagonist felt obligated to defend God in a class that will mean nothing after the semester ends.
GND2 does the same thing to sell an agenda of merging Church and State. In court the prosecution makes it clear that Christianity is not on trial and they intend to punish Grace because she broke the law. From that perspective, she is totally guilty, but the defense treats it like they have to defend Christ in a historical context to prove Grace was in the right. They soon bring in character witnesses to provide evidence and the movie begins to fall apart.
Our judicial system is based in law and fact. Sure, these witnesses provided context to Jesus being real, but their arguments are opinions and interpretations of an organized religion. Concepts of theology do not factor into law when it comes to crime. Just because Catholic priests are clergy does not excuse those who touch kids from punishment. To merge the rule of law with anything beyond the limitations of reality is to welcome ignorance and a collapse of common sense. That is why Sharia Law and theocracies do not work. GND2, however, would like nothing more than to impose their faith on the establishment to call the shots because they feel persecuted. There is even scene where a group of pastors are ordered to turn in transcripts of their sermons and it is treated like a declaration of war.
A religious majority, the biggest in Western society, feels discriminated against because some people disagree with them. There would not be a problem if you just kept your ignorance to yourselves. By making inroads into mainstream culture where facts and reason hold sway over delusion, you are no better than hate groups and extremists.
As expected the people GND2 disagrees with are the antithesis of real life. This time they are not as ridiculous as GND1 with the monstrous cooperate executive and sociopathic professor. The Atheist characters are toned down and rather normal. There is a married couple that worries about their daughter’s wellbeing and the defense attorney has the capacity for morality. Grace is basically a female version of Josh from the first movie, but played by an actor that does not look like Josh Hutcherson after shooting heroin into his cock. She was still a self-righteous idiot that could have solved her problem with a written apology.
The movie stumbles greatly with the prosecutor played by Ray Wise. Despite being the most sensible of the characters, he is this cunning, sinister bastard because the movie wanted a Christian equivalent of the Patriarchy. Wise seemed to enjoy himself just fine, but the way he was portrayed lends to how Christian propaganda perceives those they do not like. On top of that, I am not kidding, his name is Kane. The school board is fervently anti-religious with the principal ordering a coach to not pray at games before she tells a student to never talk to Grace.
The film’s understanding of culture has not improved with the character Martin, played by Paul Kwo, whose father disowns him for being Christian. I am just going to say it: the Chinese do not care about religion. There are anti-religious laws, but the only thing citizens are concerned about is marrying off their daughters, keeping a good job, and getting an education. Martin’s father put him in an American college for good reason, but when he converts, suddenly he is a disgrace to the family. In fact, being Christian will get him a good job in the States. I expect nothing less from the people who thought Muslims wear hijabs with T-shirts.
I have said before that Christian films are poison and I stand corrected. I am obviously not the target demographic and the reason I watch them is to tear their assholes in half. People are entitled to think what they want, but when dangerous ideas are shown in goddamn movie theaters nationwide, I have an ethical obligation to criticize them. God’s Not Dead 2 promotes ignorance, hatred, and theocracy in a direct contradiction to Western society. To the Christians that are actually good people who mind their own business, this is your fault. Speak up if you want to keep these movies out of the mainstream or I will not stop.