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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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.
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It Ain't Necessarily So
Written by George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward
Performed by Jamie Cullum
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Highly recommended.
1 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A documentary following five families who have been touched by the issues surrounding Homosexuality and the biblical interpretation most often publicized by the religious right.

This movie shows what happens because of this and covers both sides of this issue in an even handed manner. I would be surprised that after watching this movie, many wouldn't change their viewpoint and be more tolerant of homosexuality. It has terrific interviews with theological scholars, Desmond Tutu, and many others.

My only concern is that those who need to see this most aren't the ones who will attend this movie.


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