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For the Bible Tells Me So -- 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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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
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

Richard Gephardt ... Himself - Parent
Chrissy Gephardt ... Herself - Homosexual Activist
Mary Lou Wallner ... Herself - Mother
Cathie Talbert ... Herself - NH Selection Committee
Judith Esmay ... Herself - NH Episcopalian
Robert Strauss ... Himself - NH Episcopalian
Nora Demenus ... Herself
Mel White ... Himself - Founder, Soul Force
Laurence C. Keene ... Himself - Disciples of Christ
Peter J. Gomes ... Himself - Harvard University (as Peter Gomes)
Steve Kindle ... Himself - Clergy United
Brian Zachary Mayer ... Himself - Reform Rabbi
Susan Sparks ... Herself - American Baptist Church
Richard Holloway ... Himself - Bishop of Edinburgh
Irene Monroe ... Herself - Harvard Divinity School
Joan Brown Campbell ... Herself - Chautauqua Institution

Desmond Tutu ... Himself - Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Steve Greenberg ... Himself - Orthodox Rabbi (as Steven Greenberg)
Richard Mouw ... Himself - President, Fuller Theological Seminary (as Richard J. Mouw)
Jimmy Creech ... Himself - Faith in America
Steven Baines ... Himself - Baptist Minister
Paula Caplan ... Herself - Clinical & Research Psychologist, Harvard (as Paula J. Caplan)
Jorge Valencia ... Himself - Trevor Project Suicide Hotline
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jennifer Borrell Anderson ... Mom (voice)
Doug Beck ... Angry Mob (voice)
Anita Bryant ... Herself - Christian Activist (archive footage)

George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
Cindy Crowell ... Martha (voice)
Samuel Deats ... George Vollers (voice)
Frank Gabriel ... Sigmund Freud (voice)

Allison Janney ... C.J. Cregg (archive footage)

Rob Lowe ... Sam Seaborn (archive footage)

Ronald Reagan ... Himself (archive footage)

Richard Schiff ... Toby Ziegler (archive footage)

Martin Sheen ... President Jed Bartlet (archive footage)
Jenne Stern ... Additional Voices (voice)

Denzel Washington ... Coach Herman Boone (archive footage)
Jason Williams ... Dad (voice)
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Directed by
Daniel G. Karslake  (as Daniel Karslake)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Daniel G. Karslake 
Helen R. Mendoza 

Produced by
Bruce Bastian .... executive producer
Karen Ellis .... co-executive producer
Bob Greenbaum .... executive producer
Sandra Hartness .... co-executive producer
Michael Huffington .... executive producer
Daniel G. Karslake .... producer (as Daniel Karslake)
Nancy Kennedy .... co-producer
Michael A. Leppen .... co-executive producer
Keith Lewis .... executive producer
Helen R. Mendoza .... co-producer
Robin Voss .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Scott Anderson 
Mark Suozzo 
 
Film Editing by
Nancy Kennedy 
 
Production Management
Chris Dobbs .... executive in charge of post-production
Darin Kuhlmann .... executive in charge of post-production
 
Art Department
Samuel Deats .... background
Joseph Kornbrodt .... post-production graphics
 
Sound Department
Gerard Bonette .... sound
Jim Cushinery .... sound re-recording mixer
Jim Cushinery .... supervising sound editor
Carl Franson .... sound
David Hand .... sound
Mark Herscovitz .... sound re-recording mixer
Heidi Hesse .... sound
Derek Johnston .... sound
Mark Maloof .... sound recordist: some interviews
Mark Maloof .... sound
David Poole .... sound
Thom Shafer .... sound
Simon Woodward .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Yorgo Alexopoulos .... visual effects supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Donald Ainslie .... stills
Kevin Bond .... camera operator
Leonard Chamblee .... camera operator
Dana Duke .... additional camera
Tyrone Edwards .... camera operator
Kevin Eller .... additional camera
Tom Fahey .... camera operator
Mark Falstad .... camera operator
Bob Gunter .... camera operator
Peter Haas .... additional photographer
Guy Hernandez .... camera operator
Gregg Hoerdemann .... camera operator
Hank Holton .... additional camera
Brian Knappenberger .... camera operator
Bruce Liffiton .... camera operator
Jared Manders .... camera operator
James Mathers .... camera operator (as Jim Mathers)
Helen R. Mendoza .... additional camera
Gil Nobrega .... additional camera
Kat Patterson .... camera operator
Kevin Raullerson .... additional camera
Dave Roberson .... camera operator
Mike Simon .... camera operator
Rob Van Praag .... camera operator
Brad Waigt .... camera operator
Gary Wise .... stills
Ian Young .... camera operator
 
Animation Department
Jennifer Borrell Anderson .... animation
Doug Beck .... animation
Cynthia Crowell .... animation
Samuel Deats .... animation
Frank Gabriel .... animation director
Brad Graeber .... animation director
Louie Granda .... animation
Krishna Jain .... animation
Bruce Tinnin .... animation director
Jason Williams .... animation supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Chuck Crews .... on-line editor
Peter Haas .... assistant editor
Kate Rose Itzkowitz .... assistant editor
David Rivello .... assistant editor
Stephen Vittoria .... editor: Theatrical Trailer
Spencer Winslow .... additional editor
 
Music Department
Irwin Fisch .... additional orchestration
Susan Jacobs .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Dick Allen .... supporter
Garth Ancier .... supporter: co-assistant producer level
Errin Arroyo .... bookkeeper
Jay Arter .... supporter
Jeremy Aston .... supporter
Meredith Aston .... supporter
Tracy Baim .... supporter
Paul Bank .... supporter
Curtis Barber .... supporter: co-assistant producer level
Richard Baumgarten .... supporter: co-assistant producer level
Andrew Bell .... title design
Gigi Belser .... supporter
Toby Bishop .... supporter
Timothy Boggs .... supporter: assistant producer level
David Bohnett .... supporter: co-assistant producer level
Deborah Boucher .... supporter
Catherine Brannigan .... supporter: co-assistant producer level
Bob Brisfield .... supporter
Richard Casses .... supporter
Douglas Cordell .... supporter: assistant producer level
Douglas Cornett .... supporter
Patrick Day .... supporter: co-assistant producer level
Nora Demenus .... intern
Stephen DiPadua .... supporter
Pamela Disel .... photos
Kevin Downer .... supporter (as Rev. Kevin Downer)
Joe Enos .... supporter
Mike Feddersen .... supporter
John Ferrante .... supporter
Ginny Foat .... supporter: co-assistant producer level
Susan Franks .... production consultant
Georgia Garrett-Norris .... supporter
Pamela Genevrino .... supporter: co-assistant producer level
Mitchell Gold .... supporter: co-assistant producer level
Thomas Greenbaum .... supporter
Renee Hitzell .... supporter
Tom Hitzell .... supporter
Miiriam Hoover .... supporter: assistant producer level
Kenneth S. Jervis .... supporter: co-assistant producer level
James M. Johnson .... supporter: co-assistant producer level
Lewanne Jones .... researcher
Nathan Jurczyk .... supporter: co-associate producer level
Barry Karas .... supporter
Dick Karslake .... supporter
Marianne Karslake .... supporter
Dan Ketelaars .... supporter
G. Clayton Kief .... supporter: co-associate producer level
F. Gary Knapp .... supporter
Robert Kohl .... supporter
Don LaFontaine .... narrator
Rick Langley .... supporter
François Leclair .... supporter
Vienna Leppen .... supporter
Andy Linsky .... supporter: co-assistant producer level
Deanna Manning .... supporter: co-associate producer level
Jane Marquardt .... supporter: co-associate producer level
Tami Marquardt .... supporter: co-associate producer level
Deborah Mayhew .... supporter: co-associate producer level
Henry Mayhew .... supporter: co-associate producer level
Jordan Mena .... title design
Mitchell Millett .... supporter: co-assistant producer level
John Osterweis .... supporter: assistant producer level
Bob Parisi .... supporter: co-associate producer level
Clark Pettet .... supporter
Barbara Ravizza .... supporter: assistant producer level
William Resnick .... supporter: assistant producer level
Michael Rosenblum .... supporter
Judith Rosenthal .... supporter
Ed Todeschini .... supporter
Steven Villano .... title design
David Wiley .... intern
Cheryl Williams .... intern
Robert C. Yu .... acquisitions executive
Sandra Zarcone .... supporter: co-assistant producer level
David Zippel .... supporter
 
Thanks
Timothy Boggs .... special thanks
Bruce Cohen .... special thanks
Robert Desiderio .... special thanks
Indigo Girls .... special thanks
Dan Jinks .... special thanks
Moisés Kaufman .... special thanks (as Moises Kaufman)
k.d. lang .... special thanks
Cyndi Lauper .... special thanks
Judith Light .... special thanks
Barry Manilow .... special thanks
Max Mutchnick .... special thanks
Alan Poul .... special thanks
Julia Sweeney .... special thanks
 

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52 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
The Bible Tells Many Things, 19 December 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The sad thing about For The Bible Tells Me So is that the people who need to see this most are the ones who will be forbidden by their church to watch this very timely documentary. But for those who do get to see it they will be inspired and uplifted.

As a gay 60 year old man who has lived in the last half of the last century I saw many marvelous changes at how Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgendered people have been viewed in American society and in the world at large. Growing up as I did in the fifties and sixties it would never occur to me to do something as courageous as young Jacob Reinert, not only coming out in Mankato, Minnesota, but bringing his parents into the fight for equality.

For too many still gay is something where emotion kicks in and reason just flies out the door. Why is it so, religion and those few bible verses put down for an ancient tribe to make sure they multiplied and dominate, have become the touchstones to justify all kinds of hatred and bigotry.

A distinguished group of religious scholars talk about how this came to be in western monotheist religions. There not names you know associated with Christianity or Judaism because there not on the air and in your pocket to stay on the air. They present quite a contrast with the bible thumpers where we see video going back as far as Billy Sunday.

The man who comes in for the most scorn is James Dobson, pop psychologist and big kingpin on the religious right. Young Jacob Reinert attempts to confront him, but the most moving story in the film concerned Mary Ann Wallner who listened to Dobson's advice about rejecting her lesbian daughter who later kills herself.

For The Bible Tells Me So makes it abundantly clear the political nature of the anti-gay religious right. GLBT people are the 'other' the straw villains you create to justify why the populace should empower your crowd. As Hitler did to the Jews, so the religious right has done to us.

My favorite moment in the film was when one of the scholars challenges these religious leaders to obey Jesus's commandment to sell all you have and give it to the poor and then you can follow him. Talk about selective Bible reading, can you see a Pat Robertson doing that? It can never be forgotten that these folks place different emphasis on certain bible verses as opposed to others.

My working life consisted in large degree of working at NYS Crime Victims Board as an openly gay investigator. I saw the most manifest examples of anti-gay hate, culminating in violence with serious injury and death. The religious right who keep talking about how our sin is so horrible are the ones who give justification to those who would do us bodily harm. I wish they could see their handiwork from where I sat for 23 years.

For The Bible Tells Me So, is an excellent documentary that will hopefully win an Oscar in that category next year. And this review is dedicated to the young people from Soul Force I met and broke bread with in my city this past spring. As long as there are people like these confronting the hate and getting the message out, I have no worries about a movement or its ultimate success.

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