There are few faithy topics that get our readers talking like atheism does.
Our Friday story about "The Ledge," a new atheist-themed movie that's trying to do for nonbelievers what "Brokeback Mountain," did for gays and lesbians, drew nearly 4,000 comments.
A few commenters noted that the movie fits a recent trend of atheist evangelism:
Just proves that atheism is a religion too. It if was just a lack of belief, then you wouldn't have them flying banners, erecting billboards, and making movies about it. Nobody flies banners, erects billboards, and makes movies about lack of belief in Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny. Atheists proselytize as much, if not more, than many Christians do!
I started watching this film. I got about 30 minutes into it and shut it off. It was unwatchable. Poor written and even poorly acted. Their portrayal of Christians was nothing but the hateful stereotype that many atheists like to give of them. This film is also HYPOCRITICAL because they RAGE when a film has a Christian message, saying that it doesn't belong in entertainment and that "religious nuts" should keep it to themselves. Now they're doing the same thing they RAGE at Christians for. HYPOCRITES! If you don't believe in God or choose to be an atheist, go for it. I support you. It's not offensive to me. But, when you rage against those with faith and start doing the same things yourself that you loathe Christians for doing, you've become hypocrites and irrelevant.
Many commenters appeared to be atheists themselves:
When a Christian actually does something nice for someone, I'll check into their god.
Love how the Christian rep in the article calls the US a Judeo-Christian nation. FALSE. And says those beliefs led to the freedom and justice of the US. FALSE. There is NOTHING more oppressive in the US then Christianity. Every Klansman, Every lynch mob, every racist opposed to equal rights, every bigot opposed to gay rights.....is a Christian.
Others encouraged non-atheists to give the movie a chance:
I have got to be honest. I am a Christian and I watched the movie and I enjoyed the movie. It gave a perspective of how other people feel. We are not all the same and we never will be.
You don't have to like atheism to see a movie about it, you know. I went to see The Passion of the Christ. Did I walk out of the theater a believer? Nope. Close your mind for no one. Ever.
And there were also plenty comments criticizing "The Ledge."
Franz Fafner: Most Hollywood films are disguised left-wing propaganda. Many of them are anti-religion propaganda. The only difference here is that the writer-director admits he set out to make such propaganda. I suppose that's an improvement. At least the audience will know before they buy the ticket.
Great-great grandson of Charles Darwin. Well, there you have it. He probably feels the need to carry on his great-great grandfather's disillusions of grandeur (or, loves to capitalize on his fame). Darwin was a quack. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen. I don't need to "see" Christ or proof of God's existence (although, the earth and all that is in it is evidence enough). I can experience God and Jesus through faith.
I LOVE GOD Nothing will ever change that..not even this movie..I believe in free choice..free will..as I feel sorry for atheists, it is their right to not believe..atheists are just people waiting for a physical evidence to believe in GOD..or "something"...most atheists I know end up believing in GOD when a very close loved one dies..why is this? because they end up having their first spiritual experience.