For the Bible Tells Me So

For the Bible Tells Me So
Director: Daniel Karslake

USA, 2007, 99 min., documentary
Can the love between two people ever be an abomination? Is the chasm separating gays, lesbians and Christianity too wide to cross? Is the Bible an excuse to hate?

Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Seattle International Film Festival, Dan Karslake's provocative, entertaining documentary brilliantly reconciles homosexuality and Biblical scripture, and in the process reveals that Church-sanctioned anti-gay bias is based almost solely upon a significant (and often malicious) misinterpretation of the Bible. As the film notes, most Christians live their lives today without feeling obliged to kill anyone who works on the Sabbath or eats shrimp (as a literal reading of scripture dictates).

Through the experiences of five very normal, very Christian, very American families -including those of former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt and Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson - we discover how insightful people of faith handle the realization of having a gay child. Informed by respected voices such as Bishop Desmond Tutu, Harvard's Peter Gomes, Orthodox Rabbi Steve Greenberg and Reverend Jimmy Creech, For the BIBLE Tells Me So offers healing, clarity and understanding to anyone caught in the crosshairs of scripture and sexual identity.
Section: Identity

Screenplay: Daniel Karslake, Helen R. Mendoza

Producer: Daniel Karslake, Nancy Kennedy

Cast: Gene Robinson, Imogene ir Victor Robinson, Brenda, David ir Tonia Poteat, Jake ir Britta Reitan Chrissy, Jane ir Dick Gephardt, Desmond Tutu, Peter Gomes, Steven Greenberg, Jimmy Creech