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For the Bible Tells Me So (2007)

Unrated | | Documentary, Romance | 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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Daniel G. Karslake (as Daniel Karslake)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Imogene Robinson Imogene Robinson ... Herself - Parent
Victor Robinson Victor Robinson ... Himself - Parent
Gene Robinson ... Himself - Homosexual Activist (as V. Gene Robinson)
Isabella 'Boo' McDaniel Isabella 'Boo' McDaniel ... Herself - Gene's Wife
Brenda Poteat Brenda Poteat ... Herself - Parent
David Poteat David Poteat ... Himself - Parent
Tonia Poteat Tonia Poteat ... Herself - Homosexual Activist
Randi Reitan Randi Reitan ... Herself - Parent
Phil Reitan Phil Reitan ... Himself - Parent
Jake Reitan Jake Reitan ... Himself - Homosexual Activist
Britta Reitan Britta Reitan ... Herself - Jake's Sister
Jane Gephardt Jane Gephardt ... Herself - Parent
Richard Gephardt ... Himself - Parent
Chrissy Gephardt Chrissy Gephardt ... Herself - Homosexual Activist
Mary Lou Wallner 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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English

Release Date:

5 October 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jer mi tako Biblija kaže See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,438, 7 October 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$309,123, 16 March 2008
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Color
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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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Worthy to be seen
6 February 2007 | by shannalyn85See 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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