The Godless Girl was a rebel, promoting science and secularism in her university. She passed out fliers proclaiming “Man made God!”, and lead a group called The Godless Society. School authorities attempted to stop the “blasphemous” behavior, and eventually this girl was sent to reform school. After a harrowing experience in solitary confinement, she eventually escaped. In a surprising twist, she converted, accepting Jesus as her savior.
Well, at least that’s the plot of the 1929 silent film The Godless Girl, directed by Cecil B. DeMille. When I was searching for a domain name to house my heathen bloggy bits, I stumbled on this movie. After reading the charged plot and, frankly, loving the alliteration of the name, I took the moniker for myself. The film illustrates plainly how atheists have been vilified in society. The introduction reads:
It is not generally known that there are Atheist Societies using the schools of the country as their battleground — attacking, through the Youth of the Nation, the beliefs that are sacred to most of the people. And no fanatics are so bitter as youthful fanatics.
Battleground! Attacking sacred beliefs! Fanatics! Gee, tell me how you really feel. Check out the first 5 minutes of The Godless Girl below: