It's been a while since I posted anything here, but after watching a very interesting documentary called For The Bible Tells Me So, directed by Daniel Karslake in 2007, I just had to recommend this to those who visit Betty and Carlin's site!
The film looks at the issue of homosexuality in America, and how the Religious Right has used The Bible for very draconian purposes in order to perpetuate discrimination against a particular set of people within our society.
I could never do this documentary justice by trying to boil it down to several sentences, so I'll urge you to go out and watch it for yourselves. It's just over an hour an a half. The people that are interviewed were all professing and practicing Christians, for instance! That got my attention from the start.
This documentary is particularly interesting because it provides a portrait (I think) of a version of Christian thought that has been largely drowned out by the ever-increasing shrillness of the Lunatic Christian Right. Though no longer a Christian myself, I was touched by this more tolerant, and nuanced version of moderate American Christianity. Whether you are a believer, or not, I found this film tremendously interesting because of who was being interviewed! A voice rarely heard these days, it would seem.
Some of the more "public" figures interviewed in this documentary were Senator Richard Gephardt (who's daughter, Chrissy, is an out lesbian), and American Episcopal Bishop V. Eugene Robinson (the first openly gay Episcopal Bishop). I found it interesting to hear how these people struggled to come to terms with the issue of homosexuality in their own ways.
Along the way, we are allowed to hear from those who oppose any and all tolerance for gay rights. I found the entire documentary surprisingly even-handed. It could have easily ridiculed and reviled such figures as Billy Graham, and Jerry Falwell (as well as others like them), but the director steered clear of that.
It was refreshing to see this film, especially as the rhetoric on the Right becomes more and more bizarre. It was refreshing in it's candor, as well as in it's attempt to speak without rancor and emotionally inflammatory language. Too bad there isn't more such films out there! Even if you are sick and tired of hearing about these religious looney-toons (and I know that I sure am), nevertheless, I would encourage you to set down give this fascinating documentary your attention. I think it's well worth the time to do so. In fact, I found myself having a glimmer of hope that, someday, the Religious Right will be gone, and that more moderate, less ignorant members of the human race will prevail (and I confess I haven't had that thought in quite a long time)!