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God's Not Dead 2 | 2016 | PG | - 1.3.1

A student (Hayley Orrantia) asks a question in her high school history class about Jesus Christ, her teacher (Melissa Joan Hart) cites biblical scripture, and a civil liberties lawyer persuades the student's parents to sue the teacher to prove that there is no historical evidence for the existence of Jesus. Also with Jesse Metcalfe, Fred Thompson, Robin Givens, Ray Wise, Ernie Hudson, Marlene Robertson and the Newsboys. Directed by Harold Cronk. Several lines of dialogue are in Chinese with English subtitles. [2:01]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - Two women wear scoop-neck tops that reveal substantial cleavage. Two women wear tops with V-necklines that reveal cleavage. A woman wears tank tops that reveal some cleavage.
 A woman and a man eat while reviewing court papers and the woman jokes that it is almost like a date and that her grandfather hopes that it is a date (it is not a date).


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - After an argument, a man slaps his adult son powerfully in the face and says, "You are no longer my son," and the son becomes tearful as his father stalks out of the room. Reporters jostle a woman and a couple outside a courthouse and inside a courthouse hallway.
 A woman tells her lawyer that as she walked by a church and read the sign that said, "Who do you say that I am," she heard the Lord ask her that question; later, a lawyer puts the woman
 On the witness stand a lawyer shouts at a woman, she cries and her lawyer shouts about how the government will force believers to submit documents admitting their Christianity, pay fines if they hide their belief, and finally answer to the law at gun point; the judge shouts several times, charges the attorney with contempt of court, and the attorney shouts, "I accept the charge! I am in total contempt of these proceedings!" A teen girl bursts into the courtroom, demanding to be heard; the judge shouts, calls the room to order and allows the girl to be questioned. An agitated principal calls a coach and demands that he and the team never pray again anywhere on the school property. A clerk argues with a pastor and the pastor walks out. Outside a state courthouse in two scenes a large number of teenagers have a sit-in protest, and adults shout, scream and grimace at the teenagers, shaking their fists angrily. A woman argues briefly with her lawyer and says, "I'm not a criminal." A man asks a civil rights attorney how to avoid having blood on their hands in a court case. An attorney says, "We are going to prove that God is dead, once and for all." A woman cries and prays for help. A woman cries in a courtroom and says that she is going to lose everything. Attorneys argue with each other briefly in a courtroom scene. A teen boy in history class says that Jesus died for providing his teachings and the teacher adds that Jesus and Dr. Marin Luther King, Jr. both died for the same teachings. A woman opens her door, she cries, and a teen girls cries also. An attorney tells a jury that Christians will destroy society and when he puts a man on the stand and asks how he and his wife felt about a teacher mentioning Jesus and scripture in their daughter's class, the man answers that they felt violated. A pastor tells an associate that they are at war, as in the Book of Ephesians. A man says that Christianity is often seen as a disease like smallpox, polio, and The Plague. A teen girl tells a man that her brother died in an unknown accident six months earlier.
 A judge bangs a gavel hard in several courtroom scenes and a close-up shows the gavel hit a block of wood hard as we hear a very loud bang.
 A man shouts in pain and grabs his side; later, he stands up in his jury chair and collapses to the floor and a lawyer says with glee, "That proves there is no God"; a paramedic touches the man's side and the patient shouts in pain after saying that he vomited an hour ago (we see no vomiting) and the paramedic says it is probably appendicitis. A trembling woman enters a room with a nurse in a hospital and the camera cuts to her sitting in her car, telling a man on the phone that her cancer is gone; he replies that this is what she prayed for.
 A patient lies in a hospital bed with an IV in his arm (please see the Substance Use category for more details) and a later scene shows him riding to the front door of the hospital in a wheelchair. A man stubs his toe at home and grunts. A woman spills an iced coffee down a man's shirtfront. A man spills his cup of coffee down his shirt and limps in the door.


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LANGUAGE 1 - Name-calling (foolish, idiot, loser), 28 religious exclamations (e.g. Hallelujah, Amen, Jesus, In Jesus' Name Amen, God Bless You, God, God Is Good).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A close-up of an IV dripping clear fluid is followed by a camera panning up the arm of a man with an IV line taped onto his arm, and an elderly man swallows two unknown pills with a cup of coffee.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Christianity, Free Thinkers, atheism, agnosticism, court cases about religion, faith, religious freedom, separation of church and state, the role of religion in modern society, elimination of prayer from classrooms, civil rights, non-biblical historical proof of Jesus, proselytizing.

MESSAGE - God is not dead. Stand up for what you believe.

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