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For the Bible Tells Me So (2007)

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An exploration of the intersection between religion and homosexuality in the U.S. and how the religious right has used its interpretation of the Bible to stigmatize the gay community.

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Imogene Robinson ...
Herself - Parent
Victor Robinson ...
Himself - Parent
Gene Robinson ...
Himself - Homosexual Activist (as V. Gene Robinson)
Isabella 'Boo' McDaniel ...
Herself - Gene's Wife
Brenda Poteat ...
Herself - Parent
David Poteat ...
Himself - Parent
Tonia Poteat ...
Herself - Homosexual Activist
Randi Reitan ...
Herself - Parent
Phil Reitan ...
Himself - Parent
Jake Reitan ...
Himself - Homosexual Activist
Britta Reitan ...
Herself - Jake's Sister
Jane Gephardt ...
Herself - Parent
...
Himself - Parent
Chrissy Gephardt ...
Herself - Homosexual Activist
Mary Lou Wallner ...
Herself - Mother
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We meet five Christian families, each with a gay or lesbian child. Parents talk about their marriages and church-going, their children's childhood and coming out, their reactions, and changes over time. The stories told by these nine parents and four adult children alternate with talking heads - Protestant and Jewish theologians - and with film clips of fundamentalist preachers and pundits and news clips of people in the street. They discuss scripture and biblical scholarship. A thesis of the film is that much of Christianity's homophobia represents a misreading of scripture, a denial of science, and an embrace of quack psychology. The families call for love. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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5 October 2007 (USA)  »

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$9,438 (USA) (5 October 2007)

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$309,123 (USA) (14 March 2008)
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David Poteat: I had good kids. We had one of each sex. When my kids were growing up I said "God, please don't let my son grow up to be a faggot and my daughter, a slut." And he did not. He did not do that. He reversed it.
[chuckles]
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Time well spent
22 October 2007 | by (Midwest) – See all my reviews

My husband and I saw this movie at the urging of our priest who strongly recommended it as a must see film for everyone. Our church is one of the few Catholic churches in our area that fully supports the GLBT community and is trying to change church doctrine. We were both glad we went. The filmmakers point out how the misuse of the Bible by Judeo-Christian leaders has created not only an environment that leads to shaming but also condones "sanctified violence" projected toward gays and lesbians. The film also addresses the real reasons why people are afraid to admit homosexuality is real and normal. I was so moved by this film I feel if everyone was at least willing to see it then it would open a dialog desperately needed in our country.


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