Brian Flemming's most famous project was 2001's "Bat Boy: The Musical," an off-Broadway show based on the tabloid-created bat child. Now he's turned his attention to a figure he claims is equally fictional: Jesus Christ. His new documentary, "The God Who Wasn't There," irreverently lays out the case that Jesus Christ never existed. (One segment's title: "The Bashin' of the Christ.") It played in five states last weekend. Flemming, a Christian fundamentalist turned atheist, plans to take it to 1 million people by the end of the year.
With religion increasingly influencing American politics, the goal is to encourage a movement of atheist activism. "I think that the United States is heading in the direction of theocracy," says Flemming. "The problem is that we let religious people say stunningly false things and we consider it rude to question those beliefs. But we should be shunning those people." If that sounds intolerant, that's the point. Flemming says, "I'm not tolerant of suspending reason."