April 24, 2012

For the Bible Tells Me So (2007)

Hey kiddos.  As you're all well aware, my interests are varied, to say the least.  I also write for a movie blog, The Movie Advocate.  I recently kicked up my game with writing about movies, and now there will be a bit of a flood of reviews over there with my name on it.  I'll be simul-posting those short and sweet reviews here too, but I don't want anyone to think I'm going to stop writing about music, and posting mixtapes.  Those will, hopefully, also become more frequent.  So, here we go.  The first series is a collection of short write-ups (emphasis on short, we're all busy, right?) on documentaries I've seen recently.  Also, I get a lot of great music e-mailed to me, so keep it coming! 
Simul-posted here: The Movie Advocate

For the Bible Tells Me So 
A doc which focuses on Christianity's relative intolerance when it comes to the question of homosexuality.  There are touching interviews with Christian parents of gay children, and with the gay children in question.  I appreciated that they had a fairly diverse group, in that some parents still don't accept or even tolerate their child's homosexuality.  Obviously the families that completely cut out their child aren't represented in the movie, because the point of this movie isn't to bring you down, it's to serve as a beacon of hope for people who may be going through a similar struggle with their own families.

The stories range from uplifting to disturbing as we're guided through the daily lives of not only the parents of the gay children, but the children's lives as well.  The movie has a great message, but there is somewhat of a problem with it, in that the movie has no real distinct audience.  It seems evident to me that the people who need to be swayed to the opinion that homosexuality is not a choice wouldn't ever choose to watch it, and the people who already think gay people are actually people really won't get much out of it, because it's a message they already agree with.

That said, it is nice to have something on record. Something that boldly, if calmly, stands up for gay rights.  If anything, this movie is for the people who may be on the fence about homosexuality.  And while I can envision a scenario where a fence-sitter is swayed to believe that gay people are all right, I can also see a showing of this turn into an explosive situation, with that person falling to the hateful side of the fence, spouting off about the "gay agenda."  Even with that possibility, I'm proud of my fellow humans for putting their voice out there, and at least mentioning that the stories in this movie have happened.

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