We finally know that the plot of God’s Not Dead 2 involves a religious high school teacher who gets accused of promoting religion in the classroom by a presumably-atheist student… even though what she said was hardly crossing the line. (At least that’s the story I gathered from the brief plot points that have been released so far.)
But unless it’s over-the-top proselytizing, this isn’t a very common scenario. Atheist students are used to having Christian teachers. Mentioning church or bringing up a Bible-verse isn’t the end of the world for us. Only in this work of fiction do innocuous religious comments blow up to this degree.
My colleague Neil Carter, however, has experienced something similar in the other direction. He’s an atheist public school teacher in Mississippi, and he’s gotten into trouble before for the crime of… being an atheist public school teacher in Mississippi.
He didn’t even say he was an atheist. When a student asked him if he was, he simply declined to answer the question. Then all hell broke loose: