Kevin Sorbo plays a militantly atheist professor in God’s Not Dead, but in real life the actor is taking a hard stand against what he believes is persecution of Christians in America.
The actor says there is widespread negativity toward Christians in Hollywood, and believers in general.
Sorbo said he doesn’t think an actors religious or political beliefs should have any bearing on the work they get, but noted that since becoming a more vocal Christian he has seen his roles decline.
“There’s some much bashing going on in the media and world for people who believe in God,” said Sorbo. “I’m just not afraid of the [politically correct] crowd I’ll go right back at them.”
Kevin Sorbo added that there’s a tendency within Hollywood for people to “attack anybody who doesn’t agree their way,” but at the same time demand tolerance for their own beliefs.
But some experts think Hollywood is starting to trend the other way. There has been a rise in overtly Christian movies and television programs, from the success of the reality show Duck Dynasty to movies like God’s Not Dead and the upcoming Noah.
“I’m not the perfect Christian, I don’t pretend to be,” he admitted. “I’m sure there are smarter atheists out there that can make me look like a complete fool but that’s why they call it faith. If I’m wrong, I’ve lost nothing and if I’m right I’ve gained everything.”
Sorbo said he hopes others can follow his example and speak up for their beliefs.
“The silent majority is starting to get annoyed with what’s going on” said Sorbo. “I think more people need to start speaking about it instead of just sitting there and taking it because we’ve turned into a bunch of wusses and it’s ridiculous. Its happening, you’re getting attacked, you need to stand up for yourself and your beliefs.”
Oddly enough, that’s exactly what Kevin Sorbo does in God’s Not Dead. As an atheist college professor, he requires all students to write “God is Dead” and hand it in or else lose 30 percent of their grade.