“ATHEIST AMERICA”— A Look at Non-believers

“ATHEIST AMERICA”

A Look at Non-believers

Amos Lassen

Ralf Beucheler’s “Atheist America” looks at “The Atheist Experience,” a television show produced in Austin, Texas that is the only atheist TV show in the United States. Every Sunday afternoon, two atheists debate callers for an hour. We meet the show’s protagonists, and hear the discussions between the hosts and callers. The debates we watch between believers and skeptics are funny, touching and shocking in turn. And are interspersed with footage of the very public religious displays in the state of Texas. This is an intimate, concentrated, and entertaining look at culture wars, and is both inspiring and frustrating at the same time.

“The Atheist Experience” has been televised for over twenty years and it has grown from a local event into a nationwide internet phenomenon. The film also shows how religion has permeated public life in Texas (“from prayers before rodeos, NASCAR races and Republican party rallies to Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church and David Barton’s “WallBuilders” radio show”).

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