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For The Bible Tells Me So (2007)

Gene Robinson , Archbishop Desmond Tutu  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gene Robinson, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Imogene Robinson, Victor Robinson, Isabella "Boo" McDaniel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: First Run Features
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2008
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,501 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "For The Bible Tells Me So" on IMDb

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Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Seattle Interntional 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 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 kil anyone who works on the Sabbath or eats shrimp.
Through the experience of five very normal, very Christian , very American families - including those of former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt and Episcopalian Bishop Gene Robinson - we discover how insightful people of faith handle the realization of having a gay child. With commentary by such respected voices 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.

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For the Bible Tells Me So is a compassionate and insightful documentary about the contemporary face of an old conflict between Christian fundamentalists and gay and lesbian people. The film looks deep into the hearts of several families--a few of them quite famous--that have struggled with making sense of having a homosexual son or daughter in the fold. At the same time, For the Bible Tells Me So is a deconstruction of thin arguments that the Bible actually condemns homosexuality in a few passages and through the story of Sodom and Gomorrah's destruction. A number of clerics and scholars explain the cultural and historical context for Old Testament quotes routinely referenced as arguments against homosexuality, and point out translation confusion about the real meaning of the Sodom story. Unquestionably, the most compelling part of the film is its focus on various families, including that of former U.S. presidential candidate Dick Gephardt, who has a lesbian daughter for whose safety he worries. Also among the interviewees is Gene Robinson, a gay man who became bishop of New Hampshire’s Episcopal church in 2004, and his parents, as well as a gay teen whose folks joined him on the front line in protest of their church’s negative stance on gays. Not every story is affirmative: there are tragedies within these tales, too, as well as an indictment of so-called cures that supposedly banish the gay drive from homosexual men and women. --Tom Keogh

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51 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling & Entertaining March 22, 2008
This is an extremely well-done documentary. It begins with the infamous Anita Bryant pie-in-the face video and continues that theme throughout, exposing the hatred and fear of thoughtless conservatives. (Not saying all conservatives are thoughtless). The clip of Jimmy Swaggert telling his supporters that if a gay men looked funny at him, he would murder him "and then tell God he died." Now there's a man of faith.......But the best part of this doc is the positive aspect. The heroes of this movie are a couple from the South, who learn to accept their son for what he is, not easy for Christian conservatives living in the south in the 70s. If these people can learn....there is hope for us all.
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67 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye-opening, Amazing, Important December 12, 2007
I was blown away when I saw this film. Although I consider myself somewhat enlightened, I really had no idea how to answer the charge that the Bible, and Christianity in general, condemned gay and lesbian people. THIS FILM GIVES ME THE KNOWLEDGE AND THE LANGUAGE to explain to others (like my conservative in-laws!) exactly how the Bible speaks about homosexuality - and, very importantly, how to contextualize those written words for our modern age. More than any other documentary I can think of, including BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE or NO END IN SIGHT, here is a film that truly enlightens (and inspires and even entertains!) the viewer. More than highly recommended...I wish it were required viewing for everyone - and especially for older teens and all churchgoers. A must-see!
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107 of 130 people found the following review helpful
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Thank God (literally) for film makers,recently, who have gone out on a limb against the tide of religious fundamentalist non-thinking, and bring sanity,perspective and common sense as well as Biblical understanding to issues that seem to keep plaguing America (and Afghanistan it seems!).I was privileged to catch this at the arthouse in town yesterday, and found myself absorbed in this hour-and-a-half documentary about how five Evangelical families,including Dick Gephardt's,face the issues of homosexuality in their families.Some people may not care about this subject and some may out and out refuse to go, but much like another recent documentary "No End in Sight" which tackled a very sensitive and divisive issue on the Iraq War,now "For the Bible Tells Me So" brings a similar understanding,very fair,balanced,level-headed and fact-wielding that should not be offensive or polarizing, but rather informative,illuminating and ultimately healing.This film is for the thinking and inquisitive and thoughtful film-goer.This film serves as an excellent comparison film to 2006's Oscar-nominated "Jesus Camp" which I tell my story in review.I can only hope that this Film Festival Audience Award winning documentary will hit your town.If not, get the DVD when it is released.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than I has expected December 28, 2007
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I was not at all sure what I would see when I went to this film. I left with the knowledge and the resources I need to combat some of the stigmatism and condemnations the right wing nuts spew about homosexuality. I learned things about the scripture I had never known or thought about. While I am still on my own personal journey with religion I would strongly recommend this film for everyone! The gay population can leave this film with comfort that the "christian" views taught to us as children are not true in regards to our sexuality and the heterosexuals can leave understanding what a struggle it is for gays and how many have used religion and christianity to preach and promote hate!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
For the Bible Tells Me So is a documentary that provides an overview of the debate regarding homosexuality and how it is not approved within the pages of the bible. Sure, religion has been used as an excuse to segregate, murder, and enslave whole groups of people for centuries but at least up until the last one hundred years or so; those Christian knew their bible verses quite well. They honored their rigid canon and seemed to know their own propaganda a bit more than today's multitude of illiterate bible thumpers and religious politicians. I always wondered why the nice Christians out there weren't a little bit more upset over this.

Anyway, For the Bible Tells Me So makes a very keen observation; politicizing the bible for anti-gay purposes can be equated to politicizing the bible for those of us who are troubled by other abominations. The film sites other abominations in Leviticus that can probably be equated to homosexuality and some of them are ridiculous. Unfortunately most of the sheep in this culture probably only associate the term abomination with the Incredible Hulk's arch-nemesis. So really, almost anything can be denounced by the bible for political purposes. Now, as a human being, my knee jerk reaction to the fact that the bible indicates we should execute homosexuals isn't whether or not we should follow the word of god here but instead, whether or not we should consider some elements of the bible not only obsolete but offensive to the peace of humanity, so take that for what it is. I really appreciated the film's interviews with bible scholars who do find massive value in the book everyday but do not agree with the ideas this film attacks regarding homosexuality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best video I have ever seen for gently conveying that ...
This is the best video I have ever seen for gently conveying that the bible is very misunderstood when it comes to those who are LGBT. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully done.
Without judgement, this video introduces the viewer to several Religious families who must face the fact that they have a gay child. Each family responds differently. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Diane
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see for Christians...
...and anyone searching for answers around this topic. This is a very insightful and powerful video that I use in my Psychology of Gender class at the collegiate level. Read more
Published 26 days ago by TDMac
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Watch This Film!
WARNING: Don't view this film if you are an anti-gay Christian and afraid to consider changing your views. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lost in Vegas
5.0 out of 5 stars The bible in context
excellent and thorough look at the bible passages that cause so many problems in our society.
Published 2 months ago by Kristine Sheridan
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful film
What a poignant story for those who struggle with reconciling their religious beliefs with their sexual orientation. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Steve Berg
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD and arrived in perfect condition
I believe everyone should watch this dvd. It was in great condition and plays well. I am sharing it with friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This film should be shown in schools. Superb! Get it, share it!
Published 3 months ago by Echothursday
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for Christian gays
I have watched this documentary several times. It tells the story of Christian families coming to terms with their kids being gay. Read more
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