Project 101

Dan attempts to watch 101 movies in 12 months

#15 For The Bible Tells Me So

Posted by Dan on December 26, 2008

ftbposterGiven that it’s the Christmas season, what better topic of movie to watch than a documentary about Christianity’s opposition to homosexuality!

For The Bible Tells Me So centres primarily around 5 American families, who are all very devout to their religion, but who also have a gay child. They each tell their stories about their views on homosexuality before having a child who is gay, and generally discuss the reaction towards gays and lesbians in their own community and across America as a whole. The main theme that the movie touches on is the defence by these bible bashers is that homosexuality is “an abomination towards god” and that it’s a sin, so the movie tackles this mis-interpretation of the bible and discusses with a series of academics regarding the literalism of the bible.

The two main interesting points that most people race towards when defending their hatred towards homosexuals was the point of selective reading of  The Bible. In the book of Leviticus (Chapter 18 for those of you playing along at home), which says “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination”, and then also shows examples of how newer updated version of the bible go even further with it’s condemnation. What Leviticus also points out though in just that same chapter is all sorts of other fucked up shit that you can’t do – collect firewood on a Saturday, Wear two different types of cloth at the same time, you must never shave or cut your hair, and that if you cheat on your partner, both of you must be put to death. Have you ever cursed at your mother? You deserve to die. Having sex while she’s on her period? You’re banished from the city you live in. Enjoy eating prawns? You deserve to die.

Then there’s also an interesting point made on the actual meaning of the word “abomination”. Today, something that is an “abomination” is considered wrong and horrible. But many years ago, the word “abomination” was simply a word used to describe something that wasn’t traditional or “the thing to do”. There was never any real prejudice placed on the usage of the word though.

These days, a quick google search will point out more of these so called “abominations”, so when you’re done here, I recommend having a read of some of these sites, it’s truly fascinating reading. But back to the movie…

The movie does labour on a bit, and there’s a few times I found myself thinking “yes, okay, I get the point you’re trying to make, let’s move on”, but overall, it’s an incredibly moving tale that points out not just the scary levels of hatred in these people who otherwise pride themselves on being ‘good Christians’, but also a story of understanding and almost of ‘reform’ of the opinions of these five families who while still dedicating their lives to their chosen religion, all that teach that homosexuality is wrong or a “disease”, that have discovered that their love for their own family is truly the strongest, most important bond a person can ever have.

I give this one 3 and a half Deity’s out of five.

“I can’t, for the life of me, imagine that God would say ‘I will punish you because you are black – you should have been white’, ‘I will punish you because you are a woman, you should have been a man’, ‘I punish you because you are a homosexual, you ought to have been heterosexual’, I can’t. I can’t for the life of me, believe that that’s how God sees us” — Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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