God's Not Dead 2 Draws On Today's Headlines For Inspiring Story Of Defending Religious Liberty

Sequel to #1 faith blockbuster releases April 1, starring Melissa Joan Hart, Jessie Metcalfe and GOP presidential nominee Mike Huckabee

Jan 28, 2016, 12:00 ET from Pure Flix

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Cultural and governmental infringements on religious liberties, seen almost daily in headlines are at the center of the story of GOD'S NOT DEAD 2. The Pure Flix sequel to the highest-grossing indie faith film of 2014 comes to theaters April 1, 2016.

The film focuses on a Christian teacher (Melissa Joan Hart) who must fight for her job and her reputation when she mentions Jesus while answering a student's question in her public-school classroom. Her refusal to apologize leads school district officials to enlist a zealous civil liberties group to find her guilty of violating the "separation of church and state."

The film reflects elements of other true stories of people persecuted for their faith as seen in the news story from last fall when a 7th grader spoke to her school board after her teacher said God was a myth.

"Cases where the religious freedoms of everyday men and women are being restricted by courts and government agencies – are sadly quite common today," explained Michael Scott, producer and founding partner of Pure Flix, the largest Christian entertainment and distribution studio in the world.

GOD'S NOT DEAD 2 stars Melissa Joan Hart (SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH), Jesse Metcalfe (DALLAS), Hayley Orrantia (THE GOLDBERGS), David A.R. White (GOD'S NOT DEAD), Sadie Robertson (DUCK DYNASTY), Robin Givens (HEAD OF THE CLASS), the late Senator Fred Dalton Thompson, and Pat Boone. Featured appearances include The Newsboys and GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.

The film, rated PG (for thematic elements) is being released on April 1, 2016 – on what some may think is an "unconventional" release date – because it's the day recognized as National Atheists' Day.

The purpose of the release date, and of the film itself, is to get those on both sides of the debate to talk to one another rather than to label one another's beliefs.

"Our hope is that we can start a conversation in the country with this movie about how critical the right to believe, and to talk about that belief in public, is to our nation," said Scott.

For more information visit www.Godsnotdead.com.

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