The Quixotic Pastor

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

200th post and "For The Bible Tells Me So"

Yes indeed, post 200 ...

Last night, I finally was able to watch the documentary, For The Bible Tells Me So which featured five US families coping with having an LGBT child and dealing with all of the surrounding faith issues.

If full inclusion of LGBT persons in the life of the church is something you are struggling with, or people you know are struggling with, I hope you'll take an hour and a half out of your life to view this award winning documentary.

Here's a few "moments" I experienced when I watched:

Seeing actual hate mail that Bp. Gene Robinson received. The scariest piece was the one that featured a picture of +Gene and his partner Mark, with a death threat clearly spelled out in cut out letters.

Hearing Rev Mel White describe the experience of sitting across from a Presbyterian faith leader who said that homosexual persons should be put to death. Mel asked the man if church people should do that. The man's response was that, no, secular authorities should take care of it --that's why it was so important to put "god-fearing men" in political office.

Listening to the confession of a broken-hearted parent whose lesbian daughter committed suicide before they could reconcile. The last words this mother and daughter exchanged were harsh and angry ... exchanged via mail ... Mary Lou Wallner, in the aftermath of her daughter's death founded with her husband Bob TEACH Ministries

Seeing Jake Reitan, and his parents Phil and Randi, together attempt to deliver a letter Randi had written to Dr James Dobson. When Soulforce showed up on Focus on The Family's doorstep that year, their offices closed down rather than risk being confronted by people who disagree with Dr. Dobson on homosexuality. The Reitan family was warned that they would be arrested for trespassing if they crossed onto Focus property. They walked on together. Phil Reitan's comment was that James Dobson had been persecuting the Reitan family for years.

Anyway, check out this movie when you have opportunity.


  • At 6:24 AM , Blogger Tom in Ontario said...

    Congrats on #200

    I can kind of understand how some Christians can view homosexuality as sinful based on a very narrow and literal reading of scripture.

    What I can't understand is the judgmental, hurtful, hateful, and even violent attitudes of some who call themselves Christians.

  • At 6:09 PM , Blogger Jen said...

    thanks for posting this info I will be sure to watch it.


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