On this Easter Sunday, I was thrown into a situation in which I was defending not only marriage equality but LGBT rights in general. One might think that in a religious context, these two ideas might be perpetually at odds. If you came to our amazing CQA Speaker Series: Religion and Sexuality event (thanks Laura!), you would know that that’s not true. Ours speakers were eloquent in their description of their work in advancing LGBT rights in their respective religious communities. But what do you say when you get into an argument and it comes down to the age-old “…homosexuality is wrong, for the bible tells me so,”?
“For The Bible Tells Me So” is a film by director Daniel G. Karslake that deals with this question in great depth. According to IMDB, the movie is “An exploration of the intersection between religion and homosexuality in the U.S. and how the religious right has used its interpretation of the Bible to stigmatize the gay community.” But it does much more than that. “For The Bible Tells Me So” explores the stories of “ordinary” families that fit the stereotype of the “pious, red-blooded Christian Americans”. The journey starts with the children growing up, the signs that maybe they weren’t as interested in the opposite sex as much as kids their age. It documents the false relationships, the personal struggles, and the consequences of coming out in a right-wing religious household.
When you watch this movie, not only will you understand how religion and equality are not only reconcilable, but compatible. I would recommend you watch the movie (it’s available on NetFlix), and talk about it: with your friends, teachers, family (but hopefully you’ll leave a comment below first!). Do you think the two ideas are mutually exclusive? What have been your experiences on the subject?