God’s Not Dead 2 actress Melissa Joan Hart recently said in an interview that the name of Jesus should not make people uncomfortable.
Christian Today reports that in an interview with Metro, the 40-year-old actress said, "In the past few years, I've been taking my religion seriously, taking Bible study and praying. I find that if you say 'Jesus', it makes people feel uncomfortable instead of feeling love and peace. It's very unfortunate.
"The idea with the movie is that Jesus shouldn't be an uncomfortable name to say... Whether or not you believe he is the Messiah, Jesus started a huge movement that changed our world. Why is it not OK to talk about that?” she continued.
God’s Not Dead 2 tells the story of a high school teacher (played by Hart) who is under fire for answering a question about Jesus in the classroom.
Hart has said in a separate interview that she believes the message of the movie is an important one: “There shouldn't be one religion represented in anything, but at the same time we need to be tolerant to all religions,” she said. “I think it's just really about tolerance all across the board for everyone.”
She added that her husband is “really proud” of the film and also “thinks it’s an important story.”
Although some have criticized the film for showcasing “fake” Christian persecution, David A. R. White, the film’s producer and actor, told The Blaze, "It's an interesting thing, because, if it wasn't real, why do they get so offended by it? I don't think it would annoy people if it wasn't true.”
Publication date: April 28, 2016