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  1. JoeC on March 29, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    The main premise of the movie “God is Not Dead” is based on an actual incident, but not accurately.
    The real case involved a class exercise in an Intercultural Communications class, taken directly from the course book that apparently has been used for several years. In it, the class was asked to write “Jesus” on a piece of paper, not “God is dead”, then step (not stomp) on the paper. The student claims he was suspended from the class for not doing it, but that is unconfirmed.
    The exercise was meant to demonstrate that some students would feel inhibited about stepping on something that 15 seconds earlier had been a random, insignificant piece of paper. This would give everyone an opening to discuss symbols and their meaning.
    The professor, Dr.Deandre Poole says it made no difference to him whether the students stepped on the paper or not. Most didn’t, and that was fine, he explains, as their discomfort was intended precisely to jumpstart the discussion.
    The reality is the professor, a Christian, has been removed due to all the racial slurs (he’s black) and death threats he has received even though Fox News reported it was because of the assignment. Nothing says love like a death threat.
    Everything else I have read about the movie is that it follows ever cliché out there. All atheists are evil and are atheists because of something tragic in their lives that made them hate God (as opposed to atheists just not believing enough evidence exists to believe). In the movie, only Christians appear to do good and uphold morality. And somehow, Muslims and Buddhists convert by just being around the student hero and must leave their families which is a good thing because they are not Christian so are shown as being bad people.
    Spoiler alert: The movie ends when God apparently puts a hit on the atheist professor (freak rain storm – can’t see the traffic) so the heroes can save his soul before he dies. Why call an ambulance when you can just pray away the evil.

    • quinersdiner on March 29, 2014 at 7:03 pm

      I look forward to seeing it. Thanks for writing.

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