God’s Not Dead 2, a new film focusing on the discrimination of Christians, is to be premiered today in London.
God’s Not Dead 2 will premiere at 7pm, at The Open Door Cinema in Crystal Palace, London. Organisers will then roll out its screening over eight weeks in over 50 cinemas and church venues nationwide, starting the weekend of 29th April to 1st May.
Producers hope that viewers of the film will be alerted to the growing challenges that Christians are being subjected to today in the UK and across the West. The launch of the Top Ten US hit movie – the sequel to the 2014 international box office hit – although featuring American actors and cases, could have been taken straight out of the case files of Christian Concern’s Christian Legal Centre, many of whose clients have lost their jobs as a result of standing up for their faith. Standing Counsel to the Christian Legal Centre, Paul Diamond, will be attending the premiere, and a number of CLC clients will be at either the premiere or other venues.
These include: Victoria Wasteney, an NHS worker suspended for giving a Christian book to a Muslim colleague; Richard Page, a magistrate removed from the bench for saying children do best with a mum and dad; Mike Overd, a street preacher convicted for preaching the ‘wrong’ Bible verse; Christina Summers, a councillor expelled from the Green Group of Councillors for expressing her view that marriage is between a man and a woman; Colin Atkinson, an electrician dismissed for displaying a cross in his work van; Barry Trayhorn, a prison gardener and voluntary chaplain forced to resign after he spoke of God’s love and forgiveness from all sin in the prison chapel; Celestina Mba, a children’s worker forced to resign for upholding the Sabbath; Mike Davidson, a professional accreditation denied for supporting therapeutic help for those with unwanted same-sex attraction; Andrew McClintock, a Christian magistrate forced to resign for not being able to opt out of placing children with same-sex couples; Olive Jones, a Supply teacher sacked for gross misconduct for sharing her testimony with pupil and mother; Felix Ngole, a student expelled from Sheffield University for expressing biblical view of marriage on his Facebook page; Richard Scott, a GP issued with a warning for sharing faith with a patient;
Gary McFarlane, a relationships counsellor dismissed for Christian beliefs on sexual ethics.
Two of the actors, Paul Kwo and Trisha LaFarge, will also be present at the premiere, which has been sponsored by Christian Concern, and its legal branch, the Christian Legal Centre.
“The story of God’s Not Dead 2 follows school history teacher Grace Wesley, who comes under fire for answering a student’s question about Jesus,” said Andrea Minichiello Williams, founder and CEO Christian Concern. “When Grace refused to apologise for quoting Jesus in her classroom, the school governors vote to suspend her and threatens to revoke her teaching certificate. Forced to stand trial to save her career, Grace hires a young lawyer to defend her in Court.
“To show the jury the significance of Grace Wesley’s classroom discussion, the lawyer sets out to prove the historical existence of Jesus. This film, which both entertains and teaches, clearly demonstrates the situation many Christian professionals in the UK today find themselves in. Government, professional bodies and charities are happy for Christians to be motivated by their faith to serve in various ways, but the moment they say anything about their faith, they are silenced.
“The Christian Legal Centre’s cases have received national media coverage, and now we hope that through the showing of this film, members of the public, both Christian and non-Christian, may see both the discrimination against Christians developing in this country and also, the relevance of faith in Jesus Christ in today’s modern world.”
Special preview events have been organised for Christians to watch the film and then to invite friends to attend at local cinemas.
Watch the trailer at www.godsnotdead2trailer.com. See list below for screening venues.
Church Previews from 23rd April – 1st May 2016
Dominion Centre (Wood Green, London)
House Of Praise (Camberwell, London)
Liberty House (Turnpike Lane, London)
Fountain Of Love (Aberdeen)
Jubilee Church (Manchester)
Rivers of Fire Ministries (Tranent)
New Creation (Ellesmere Port)
Peterhead Community Centre (Peterhead)
Elim Delancey Church (Guernsey)
Released nationwide on 29 April 2016