A new faith-based film, "I'm Not Ashamed," about the 1999 Columbine High School mass shooting, is accused of fabricating a scene where a female student, Rachel Joy Scott, is killed for affirming her Christian faith (video below).
The film, which opens Oct. 21, shows Scott, played by Masey McLain, being asked by Eric Harris, played by David Errigo Jr., "Do you still believe in God?" notes Fox News.
“You know I do,” she answers.
"Then go be with him," replies Harris.
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Scott is then killed by Harris and Dylan Klebold.
That Atheist Show wrote this rebuttal on its blog in Oct. 2015, when the film's trailer came out on YouTube:
As you can see in the video above, the entire premise of I’m Not Ashamed is based around a dialog between Rachel and the shooters. That they asked her about her faith in God. Then killed her because she responded that she believed in God.
It is shameful that they are framing the entire premise of this movie around allegations that do not have any evidence to support them. The accounts of that day, actually, directly contradict them.
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That Atheist Show pointed to this 1999 report by The Denver Post:
Outside the cafeteria, Rachel Scott, a student actress, was sitting in the grass and eating lunch with Richard Castaldo, attending his first year at Columbine after transferring from Catholic Machebeuf High School. Suddenly bullets hit Scott.
Too stunned to stand, Castaldo was slashed by gunfire, too. With two 9mm bullets in his left arm, one in the right and at least three others piercing his lungs, kidney and vertebrae, Castaldo somehow remained conscious. Castaldo played dead to fool his attacker.
Next to him, Scott curled in pain. "She was lying in the grass crying," Castaldo later told his mother. "They walked over to her and shot her again." The crying stopped. The shooting didn't.
Fox News reports that the conversation in the film is based on Castaldo's later statements.
However, during an interview with the alt-right website Attack the System in 2012, Castaldo said that he didn't recall Scott's answer to the shooters, but assumed that Scott said, "Yes."
"That was why he shot her, I guess," Castaldo said. "And [Harris] thought I was the same way, which I’m not."
Castaldo added that he kept Harris’ religious question to him and his agnostic answer a secret: "A lot of religious people hang their hat on this issue, and they want me to verify a belief that I don’t personally share."
The film's trailer was pulled and the film's channel was reportedly suspended by YouTube in Oct. 2015.
The film's producer, Chuck Howard, told The Hollywood Reporter in Sept. 2016 that YouTube pulled the channel for 11 months because of an anti-Christian bias, and only restored it because The Hollywood Reporter contacted YouTube about the story.
YouTube subsequently issued this statement:
With the massive volume of videos on our platform, sometimes we make the wrong call on content that is flagged by our community. When this is brought to our attention, we review the content and take appropriate action, including restoring videos or channels that were mistakenly removed.
After YouTube reinstated the film's channel, the social media giant assessed the channel with a "temporary penalty" and warned that any more offending videos "could prevent you from posting content to YouTube or even lead to your account being terminated."
The film's producers have demanded to know why YouTube flagged the video originally, and have also hired a lawyer to ask YouTube to remove the temporary penalty; three penalties results in the permanent removal of a channel.
The producers think that YouTube might have pulled their trailer in response to a Change.org petition that said the trailer "evokes a sense of glorification and entertainment" of the Columbine massacre.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is mostly based on Scott's personal journal where she expressed her desire to speak about God and Jesus at the public school.
Scott's journal was included in a 2000 book, "Rachel’s Tears," written by her parents, Darrell Scott and Beth Nimmo, along with Steve Rabey.
That Atheist Show stated: "[Scott's] mother Beth Nimmo who’s been cashing in on this alleged story for the years following the death of their daughter. With the book Rachel’s Tears' paid speaking appearances and television appearances."
Klebold and Harris did mention Scott and another girl as "Christian, Godly little whores" in a video that they made before the mass shooting, noted The Hollywood Reporter.