Last week, God’s Not Dead 2 hit the nation’s movie screens. The sequel to the 2014 sleeper hit tells the story of Grace Wesley, a high school teacher dragged into court for talking about Jesus in her classroom. The movie imagines a hostile government bent on rooting out any trace of religion in public life. As the prosecuting attorney threatens, “We’re going to prove once and for all that God is dead.”
The timing of this film’s release may have been intentional.
Ägidius Zsifkokvics, a Roman Catholic bishop in Austria, is refusing to allow an anti-immigrant fence to be built on church property. The Austrian government is building a fence along its southern border to prevent immigrants from entering from Hungary, maintaining it is already overwhelmed with an influx of 90,000 immigrants last year. Part of the fence is projected to cross land owned by the Catholic Church. Bishop Zsifkokvics said he grew up with the iron curtain and remembers his relief when it came down. “A fence would be contrary to the spirit of the gospel and Pope Francis’s clear message to Europe,” he said. The church’s refusal means there will be a gap in the fence (Telegraph, April 22).