A few weeks ago I posted a video encouraging everyone to make their own DDOJ videos to help exchange ideas for how to respond to the religious posts we all see in our facebook news feeds - also known as DDOJ's (or daily doses of Jesus). I kicked it off by running a contest.
This video is to review the entries and present the results.
(please pardon the lack of visuals in this video. I am extremely busy for the next two weeks, but I didn't want to leave the contestants hanging).
The respondents were Gamutman and GrapplingIgnorance.
Gamutman's DDOJ post was from an old Christian acquaintance that he went to school with. It was a post to complain about a group of Muslims requesting to have crosses removed from their catholic school. Gamutman responded in typical atheist fashion by doing a fact check. It turns out the Muslims were simply requesting a single room in the campus without a cross on display where they could gather and pray. His acquaintance responded in typical Christian fashion by claiming that his rights are being stripped away.
This video really highlighted the Christian persecution complex. Christians tend to complain that all their rights are being assaulted whenever someone of another way of life pushes for some basic personal rights that usually don't even affect the Christians. Additionally the whole topic really illustrates how divisive religions can be within a society.
Great video Gamutman!!!
GrapplingIgnorance started his video with a great introduction where he elaborates on the topic of DDOJ's. He describes how facebook creates a public forum where obnoxious posts from the religious majority go largely unchallenged, and he presents a compelling case for the importance of speaking out against it.
GrapplingIgnorance's DDOJ was a post from a family member. It was a poem about a woman who died and went to heaven and was then surprised to see that a bunch of people who she thought had been burning in hell had actually been admitted into heaven. She asked Jesus if God had made a mistake and Jesus told her that none of those people had expected her to be there either. The person who posted this added a jab to non-believers after the poem. She said: Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil - it has no point.
Aside from the jab at non-believers, this was a great example of a DDOJ that would be easy to let slide and go unchallenged. After-all, it did have a good overall message. Do not judge.
In his response, GrapplingIgnorance exposed a number of issues with this DDOJ post including the fact that the woman in the poem seemed to be disappointed that certain people were not burning in hell. I believe that if GI didn't post a rebuttal, his facebook friend would have went on about her business feeling good about herself for posting a good Christian poem. But instead, she must have been at least a little embarrassed for posting such a stupid-ass poem and being called out on it.
Nice Work GrapplingIgnorance!!!
Both GrapplingIgnorance and Gamutman submitted great DDOJ videos.
The winner of the contest is and the official copy of Adobe Premier Professional is ... GrapplingIgnorance! While Gamutman had a higher comment/view ratio, GI had a significantly higher ratio if you only include unique user comments - so he had more people weighing in. Both videos were well presented, very entertaining and thought provoking, but the preparation and care that GrapplingIgnorance put in really stands out.
Thanks to both of you for participating, and another thank you to DiscoveringReligion for helping kick this off. From this point forward everyone is welcome to make their own DDOJ videos.