Lawyer Has a Message for Critics Who Claim That ‘God’s Not Dead 2′ Persecution Plot Is Far-Fetched. Plus, He Delivers a Dire Warning.
“God’s Not Dead 2,” which brought in more than $8.1 million at the box office this weekend, has been criticized by some atheists, among others, as being rooted in a far-fetched, Christian persecution storyline, but one lawyer has a message for dismissive and pessimistic naysayers.
“I think that what happened in the movie illustrates what has happened in classrooms across the country already,” Erik Stanley, an attorney with the conservative Alliance Defending Freedom, told Townhall. “Students and people of faith, teachers included, are silenced simply because of their religious beliefs.”
The plot of “God’s Not Dead 2″ centers on fictional character Grace Wesley, a Christian high school teacher who is quiet and subdued, yet finds herself in the middle of a boisterous battle over the separation of church and state after she discusses the historical nature of Jesus Christ.
“When Brooke, a hurting student grieving the loss of her brother, reaches out to Grace, their coffee-shop conversation leads to Grace sharing the hope she finds in Christ,” reads an official synopsis. “However, when Brooke asks an honest question about Jesus in the classroom, Grace’s reasoned response lands her in big trouble — almost before she finishes giving her answer.”
Stanley cited a 2010 case surrounding Professor Kenneth Howell at the University of Illinois, who reportedly fell under scrutiny for a discussion about Catholic views on sexuality during a course he was teaching called “Introduction to Roman Catholicism,” Townhall reported.
Howell was initially fired from his position, but was later reinstated, according to the Alliance Defending Freedom.
Stanley also cited the much-publicized rift between pastors and officials in Houston, Texas, whosubpoenaed preachers’ sermons, and then backed away amid national controversy over the move, with Stanley calling the scenario “unique in the sense that we had not seen that before.”