3/26/2008

Doumentary Film Of The Day: For The Bible Tells Me So...

I must confess. I have not known many gay people in my life, or at least people who were openly gay. I can't think of a single member of my extended family who I'd even suspect to be gay. I have not had any close friends who are gay. I did mow the lawn of a gay couple that lived across the street when I was a kid, but that's about it. In fact, this blog has been the first place I have gotten to know people who are gay to the point that I'd consider them friends.

Despite this lack of exposure, I have always thought the use of the Bible as justification for gay persecution to be ridiculous, cruel, and completely at odds with what Jesus seemed to be teaching. Now, those of you who know me and read my stuff know I'm not a practicing Christian by any means, but I do remember what I was taught in Sunday School. Condemning gays completely violates the idea of loving others as you would want to be loved. It encourages judgment when judgment, according to the Bible, is supposed to be left to God. The few passages that even vaguely reference homosexuality have been so twisted and misrepresented that all context has been lost.

This film does a nice job of dispelling the myths being spread by the religious right in regards to what the Bible says about homosexuality. It focuses on five religious families and how having a gay family member has reshaped their beliefs. One of the women, the mother of a lesbian daughter, came to the realization too late. She never accepted her daughter's sexuality and became estranged. It was only after her daughter committed suicide that she understood how wrong she was. Now she works to prevent others from making the same mistakes. It's film that is both happy and sad, infuriating and hopeful. Check it out.

10 comments:

cheer34 said...

The bible is book of selective stories that is taken to literally. My motto "live and let live..as long as you do no harm."

clare said...

It always amazes me when people who claim to be Christian also discriminate against gays. Jesus hung out with prostitutes, tax collectors, lepers, adulterers, and all the outcasts of society. Including the excluded was the whole fucking point of his teachings. Some of Jesus' followers are giving him a bad name.

Spooney said...

All religions suck.

Falwless said...

I liked this doc a lot. When I went to see it at a local screening, Brenda and David Poteat, the parents of Tonia Poteat, were there afterwards to answer questions. This is the African American family featured in the film. They were remarkably candid. Like the other families in the movie, the courage and humanity they embodied really moved me in a profound way.

I would recommend this documentary to everyone. Glad to see you review it.

Ginormous Boobs said...

Thanks for making it so simple to add it to my netflix list.

SkylersDad said...

Good stuff Chris, but now that you have posted this, I feel the need to stone you for blasphemy!

anne altman said...

ooooooh netflix

Grant Miller said...

I would like to see this movie.

Coaster Punchman said...

Thanks for the head's up, will check it out. I hope we are friends, although I abuse my friends so you're in for a real load of fun. Stoning, that would be good.

Distributorcap said...

you mean the red sea was only parted in the movies?

you mean the bible is misread to justify behavior?

who knew?

thanks for the heads up