Fantastic: The Norden

Published November 12, 2014 by Lunapo

This is fantastic!!

It was shared on Facebook by an old high school friend who is also an atheist.

The above link goes to an article on Addicting Info summarizing the documentary The Norden which features a Georgian pastor who believes in a literal translation of the Bible including the literal creation [which the Pope recently denounced]. He is also highly homophobic and mentions in the trouble he has with counseling gay members of his parish because God created you that way, but it’s a sin to be that way…so God can’t love you because you’re a sin. Nice guy…

Highlights from the article, which summarizes the documentary, include:

-While interviewing several members of a church in Copenhagen, McLain makes the mistake of assuming that, given their faith, they must be homophobes like he is. After he laments the fact that the oppressive government made Denmark’s churches perform same-sex marriages, the Reverend had to awkwardly tell him that neither he nor anyone else at the church had a problem with gay people. McLain’s pained expression is priceless.

-He runs into a man on the street who (finally!) says he believes in God. Excited, McLain asks if he is a Christian. The man tells him, no, a Muslim. McLain: “A Muslim!”

-An excruciating discussion with a humanist over coffee ends with the humanist telling McLain, “In short, I have no need of a god. To put it bluntly.” McLain stares off into space, his mind melting.

The article ends with this, which is striking:

While the show is shot with the Georgian pastor as the focus, if we inverse the perspective things get quite a bit sadder. It’s impossible to tell just what these secular people make of the shellshocked American staggering around their country, unable to cope with the idea that they don’t believe in Adam and Eve. It must look to some like a time traveler from an ancient era, confused by the progress we’ve made. We can only hope that they are generous with their assumptions. It would be embarrassing to think that they consider this guy a representative of all Americans, because between the “homosexuality is a sin!” and “There’s no proof of evolution, you weren’t there!” all I can say is, “Wow.”

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