God’s Not Dead 2, film review: ‘White wealthy Americans complain they’re being persecuted’

A scene from God's Not Dead 2

A scene from God's Not Dead 2 - Credit: Archant

This courtroom drama is a testament to humanity’s unlimited desire to feel put upon and hard done by.

In it various white, prosperous American Christians complain that they are being persecuted by the American government, a government filled almost entirely by white, prosperous American Christians.

Asked in class an innocent question about whether there is a link between the non-violent approach of Gandhi and Martin Luther King and the preachings of Jesus Christ, a history teacher Grace (Hart) answers the question a little bit too knowledgeably, whereupon a phalanx of evil, sneering atheists descend upon her and she finds herself on trial.

Her persecutors are led by Ray Wise who, being both godless and a lawyer, is the epitome of evil.

Not content with killing Laura Palmer in Twin Peaks, now he’s trying to lynch Sabrina the Teen Witch.

GND2 is founded on the notion that a war is being raged on Christians under the auspices of a need for a separation of church and state. But the plot’s premise is so extreme that even Richard Dawkins would think that this prosecution was absurd.

This sequel is an example of a movement of faith-based films that have been very successful in America.

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GND2 is crassly manipulative, creates straw men to win its arguments and is ugly propaganda: much like 90 per cent of all films that come out of Hollywood.

This film is a bit more blatant and unsubtle about it, but then as it is pushing a faith message that doesn’t really tolerate areas of grey, that seems wholly appropriate.

Rating: 2/5 stars

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