On September 22 The New York Times’ Op-Docs section premiered an excerpt of the film-in- progress, The Outcast of Beauregard Parish, retitled Bible Belt Atheist.
It tells the story of Jerry DeWitt, a Pentecostal preacher who scandalized his small Louisiana town when he was “outed” as an atheist. Caught between two worlds, he sets out on a quixotic quest to create a secular church in the heart of the Bible Belt.
Link: Bible Belt Atheist
Op-Docs is The New York Times editorial department’s award-winning section for short, opinionated documentaries, produced with wide creative latitude and a range of artistic styles, covering current affairs, contemporary life and historical subjects.
With this exposure on the New York Times website, Bible Belt Atheist will bring awareness about the social cost of coming out as an atheist in the to many, many more people.