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Earlier this year, I wrote about a film my friends had helped to support: "For The Bible Tells Me So". It's a documentary about 5 families of faith and they journeys they've taken upon learning that their child was gay. Yesterday I finally had the opportunity to view the film, and then attend a Q&A session with its director, Daniel Karslake.

I left with one thought to share with you all: See This Film.

While its focus is on the Bible and what it doesn't say about homosexuality, I found the film to be much more. At its core, it's a story about the love of parents for their children. The particular topic is homosexuality, but the broader message is one of tolerance, and of parents accepting children for who they are. Karslake reminds us that almost every persecution in our American history - slavery, suppression of women, and anti-Semitism among them - has been supported with biblical scripture. And in this age of fundamentalists using the Bible to condemn and divide, I also found it to be a powerful reminder of the good messages religion can teach us.

Moreover, the documentary reminded me of what it means to be human. My heart went out to Mary Lou Wellner, who only started her path to understanding after her daughter hanged herself. And I appreciated the candor of mother Brenda Poteat, who notes that she's come a long way in understanding the way her daughter lives, but she's "not there yet" in terms of full acceptance. In the Q&A session, Evangelical Christians and Republicans thanked Karslake for showing people what they believed Christ was truly teaching.

The film has made its debut on the coasts, but the people Karslake really wants to reach are those in the "movable middle" of the country. You can make a difference in that regard by supporting the film in these critical early weeks of release. The industry responds to the numbers, and good box office receipts will allow it to get on more screens. Are you near New York, Southern California, San Francisco, Berkeley, Minneapolis, Philadelphia or Boston? Then you have an opportunity this week to both see a powerful film and support its mission. Those in Atlanta, New Orleans, St. Louis and Rochester get this opportunity October 19th. And yes, even Sheboygan, on October 22nd.

See it. Talk about it. I hope to see your thoughts on the film below.

www.forthebibletellsmeso.org

Originally posted to eph89 on Sun Oct 14, 2007 at 01:43 PM PDT.

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  •  hats off to Karslake (10+ / 0-)

    It was amazing to be able to hear more about the film straight from the director's mouth right after having seen it. He has done a fantastic job with his first film project.

  •  Wow, even in Sheboygan? (0+ / 0-)

    This is amazing since it seems, based upon the level of wingnuttey there, (at least in the Sheboygan Press forum)that this isn't the kind of film that would be welcome.

    I'll bet people like Job Hou-seye will be frothing at the mouth over it. I'll make popcorn.

    Of course, if the topic were women's rights and abortion, it would never be allowed to be shown within the city limits. sigh

  •  Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy talked about this.. (2+ / 0-)
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    eph89, LynneK

    on this weekend's State of Belief show on AirAmericaRadio.   It was a wonderful piece and the movie sounds like one everyone should see.  Rev. Gaddy shows that people of REAL faith and strong religious beliefs need not be fearful of nor hate people who do not believe the same way - or live, act or love the same way.  How refreshing.

    •  cool. (0+ / 0-)

      I'll be sure to check out the show. Dan also said last night that Brenda Poteat and Gene Robinson were appearing together on an upcoming NPR feature, and I'm looking forward to finding out what that is.

  •  Thanks for this heads-up. (1+ / 0-)
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    eph89

    I live in Oakland, California. It's a city of churched people, of all ideological persuasions, including at least 3-4 large (non-African-American) evangelical Christian congregations.

    While I've seen no statistics, I suspect that conservative churches struggle, not in recruiting, but in keeping, members. Happens all the time. A lot of people who have been enthusiastic churchgoers for a few years, hit some critical issue in their life, like accepting a gay family member (or coming out personally) and the church offers no support. So they fall away.

    •  Q&A was fascinating (2+ / 0-)
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      marykk, karmsy

      not just for the insights from the director, but from the people who asked questions and spoke. One woman shared that she had grown up in the evangelical community in Orange County and lost everything when she came out - her family, her career, and her church. Sounds along the lines of what you mention, and she was bravely returning home after having left the area for many years.

  •  I will look forward to seeing this film (0+ / 0-)

    "Bush always listens to the generals. When he gets tired of listening to them he replaces them. ..." - Wesley Clark.

    by army193 on Sun Oct 14, 2007 at 03:34:55 PM PDT

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