What drove me into this film? Well, that is hard to describe since in
English there apparently doesn't exist an equivalent word for the
German term "Schadenfreude". But allow me to elaborate: I am a sucker
for bad movies. I love the Ed Wood and Al Adamson flicks, Italian
cannibal flicks, German schnitzel-westerns, Ninja flicks from Hong
Kong, Greek porn-comedies, etc. I openly admit and repent not. Yes, I
do own a copy "Saving Christmas" and watch every Kirk Cameron flick
(again: "Schadenfreude"). I only realized that there was a sequel to
the original train-wreck when somebody pointed out that "Batman vs.
Superman" is only doing so well at the box-office because there was no
competition apart from a handful of bible-thumping-flicks. So I took a
pilgrimage of-sort (the only cinema that showed it was about an hour's
drive away) and to put it into the words of the target-audience, let me
now testify to what I hath witnessed and speaketh unto thee: Long story
short (remember: this story prattles on for more than two hours, though
it actually feels a lot longer): Melissa Joan Hart (best and
ironically remembered for her lead in the TV-show "Sabrina, the
teenage witch"; Catchphrase "Woohoo!") plays a high school teacher, who
is suddenly overcome with that ol' itch and begins to sermonize to her
students about her believe in history-class, no less. The logic
consequence ensues and she's given the boot, just as a math-teacher
would get canned, if he began to preach that one and one is the Holy
Trinity. But, unwilling to understand that a school isn't a church, she
goes to court and fights for her "god-given" right to preach to
children in a class-room.
Now, imagine that scenario: your child comes home from school and, when asked what he/she had learned that day, he/she replies that the god Ganesha has an elephant head (History-class), the basics of L. Ron Hubbard's Dianetics (English-Literature-Class), the basics of Alchemy (Science) and Phrenology-101 (Biology). And that the P.E.-teacher was handing out communion wafers and splashed the students with holy water. I presume that most people would be like "WTF!?" and sue the school for all it's worth. So would any fire-and-brimstone-cussing evangelist. But we're not talking any old heathen religion (Catholicism, Judaism, Hinduism, you name it), we're talking about the "real deal" which may sound cynical to some readers, but that is exactly the stance this "movie" and its ilk takes.
Sure, we could argue that religion should be taught in school. Plenty of time for the kids to learn about all those countless deities, gods and demi-gods, from Zeus to Odin to Jehovah, and to heck with history, geometry and basic science. I can guarantee you one thing: By the end of the semester, those kids won't even be able to read and write properly, but will be convinced that people once-upon-a-time rode on dinosaurs and slew dragons.
Back to the film: of course "God is not Dead 2" tries to establish itself as some Anti-"Inherit the Wind". All the Christians are portrayed as saints and martyrs, thrown into the lion-pits of a cruel, unjust (and ungodly) world, which wants nothing more than to take away their crutch for reality. "We are the victims and everybody else is the enemy", is the prevailing message, and it makes it very clear, why many Christian fundamentals are considered the American answer to the Taliban. If this sentiment would have been around in the 1940's, surely a Nazi war-criminal would have jumped up at the Nuremberg trials, demanding that the judge "stop oppressing me!" And if you ask me about acting, editing, production-values and everything else that goes with a real movie: well, it's a two-hour-plus sermon, featuring either zealots or washed-up has-beens, happy to see the front of a camera. And sure, there'll be plenty of claqueurs, who'll clap and cheer this flick, calling it the greatest thing since Noah's flood, etc. But don't let yourself be fooled. It's trash, no matter how you look at it. Again, if you have seen "Inherit the Wind", you might remember how that film ended; hence, here goes the mandatory one point out of ten.
God's Not Dead 2
Action / Drama
God's Not Dead 2
Action / Drama
When a high school teacher is asked a question in class about Jesus, her response lands her in deep trouble.
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