Documentaries: For the Bible Tells Me So

In putting together my blog’s tabs, I’ve been trying to incorporate documentaries I’ve found useful or informative or interesting. This one, For the Bible Tells Me So, looks at how four evangelical and fundamentalist families have dealt with having gay children. The parents’ responses differ – some take it amazingly well and find themselves changed in the process, and others, not so much – and it’s well worth the watch. Sorry I can only offer you the preview!

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About Libby Anne

Libby Anne grew up in a large evangelical homeschool family highly involved in the Christian Right. College turned her world upside down, and she is today an atheist, a feminist, and a progressive. She blogs about leaving religion, her experience with the Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull movements, the detrimental effects of the "purity culture," the contradictions of conservative politics, and the importance of feminism.

  • shadowspring

    The DVD “Through My Eyes” from changed my mind on the whole issue. I wish I could get *anyone* from my last church to watch it. Gay people are invisible to them, easy to demonize as “other”. They are not “other”. They are us.

    Thanks for the link!

    • Sophie

      Are you still a Christian shadowspring? Why do you think people won’t watch it? Are they scared they might come to agree with the arguments of the film or do they just see it as irrelevant? Or do they think it’s like watching a film about why it’s ok to murder people? What made you watch it?

  • Jeffrey Nordstrom

    For the Bible Tells Me So is a wonderful documentary. I own a copy, and originally intended to lend it out a lot. However, since I’ve generally left Christianity behind, the opportunity to lend it out hasn’t come up. Its level of compassion really astounds me, and it tells its stories very well.

    I keep my copy of For the Bible Tells Me So in a double DVD case with a copy of the NFB’s Cure For Love, another excellent film about Christianity’s relationship with homosexuality. Cure For Love gets a little deeper into the “curing of homosexuality” stuff, and shows just how unhappy one’s life can be when they suppress their character. You should be able to watch Cure For Love at the NFB site, although it might not be available in all regions.

  • Judy L

    Matthew Vines does some brilliant biblical analysis that’s worth the watch or the read:
    Of course, if he were an atheist he wouldn’t have to do these kinds of intellectual and analytical acrobatics.