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For the Bible Tells Me So (2007)

Unrated  |   |  Documentary  |  5 October 2007 (USA)
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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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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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Family Bible
Written by Walt Breeland, Paul Buskirk, Claude Gray
Performed by Willie Nelson
Published by Glad Music Publishing LP (BMI), Pappy Daily Music LP (BMI)
Courtesy of MCA Nashville by arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Worthy to be seen
6 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I also saw the film at Sundance and being a Christian, I can say that Karslake left out some of the stronger Biblical passages that were in the New Testament, but I don't believe he was shooting for a theological argument. I think he wanted to show that family is important and that gays/lesbians are people just like everyone else and deserve to be treated as human beings. To hear Karslake tell the stories that inspired this film deeply touched me and I think this film could stir a lot of good emotions in people, despite the fact that some areas of the film are a little weak. I think if Christians step away from what's right/wrong long enough to remember what love is all about and if non-Christians stop ridiculing the Christian community for the same reason, our world could be a better place.


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