Since April of 2021, I have used Plotagon, an animation app, to tell stories for four different purposes:
- To promote my religious philosophy, Unitarian Universalism (UU)
- To depict atheists as loving people
- To depict LGBT people as normal people and not just perverts
- To combat racism
Imagine my dismay to find a YouTube channel with Plotagon made videos that are for completely opposed purposes to mine! Look at the Christian Grace Network:
Click on that, and you will see this:
By contrast, this is what you get from MY channel:
This is another video from that Christian channel:
I was immediately repulsed by the self-righteous tone of the storytelling.
Compare that with one of my early works:
I don’t try to be “preachy”; I just show how people can be hurt by religious bigotry. That Christian Grace Network actually PROMOTES religious bigotry by making teachings from the Bible the foundation of all its videos. But reality is much too complex to be reduced to the understanding of one religious view.
And to illustrate that point, here’s another video of the same series I made a few days ago:
There’s a reference to Jesus, but Debbie and Carrie are still atheists (and Unitarian Universalists), plus Angel and her fiancé are identified as Jewish. Plus, no effort is made to convert the drug addicts to Christianity or any other religion to get them clean: they really don’t need that! Indeed, there are too many stories of people being emotionally ruined by toxic brands of Christianity for me to tolerate it being used to get people off drugs and alcohol; in most such cases, they would just be trading one addiction for another. The real point of rehab is to free people of ALL addictions, not to merely get them off one particular substance.
Considering that Plotagon was created in Sweden, a largely atheist country (even though it is also largely Lutheran, most Swedes do not attend churches), I think even the Plotagon company itself would be INSULTED by what the Christian Grace Network is using their app for. I know I am!