Film argues that Bible does not condemn homosexuality
For the Bible Tells Me So
Nov 27, 2007
For the Bible Tells Me So, a documentary that seeks to make the case that the Bible does not condemn homosexuality, is making the rounds at film festivals and screenings in select cities.
The 97-minute film weaves biblical analysis with the stories of five Christian families who learn that one of their children is gay.
Two of the families have well-known members: former House Democratic leader Dick Gephardt, whose daughter Chrissy is a lesbian, and Episcopal bishop V. Gene Robinson, who made headlines as the church’s first openly gay bishop.
The documentary traces each family’s experience of wrestling with how their child’s sexuality fits in with their religious beliefs. Some come to accept it; others continue to love their children while still believing that homosexuality is wrong.
One parent’s strained relationship with her daughter ends with the girl’s suicide. That mother, Mary Lou Wallner, becomes a gay rights activist.
A. M. Stroud III, a former prosecutor in Louisiana, expresses regret for the role he played in sending Glenn Ford to death row in 1984. “I was 33 years old. I was arrogant, judgmental, narcissistic and very full of myself. I was not as interested in justice as I was in winning.” Stroud says he presented dubious evidence from a forensic pathologist, precluded black jurors from the trial (Ford, since exonerated, is black), and ignored the fact that the appointed defense attorney had never before tried a criminal or capital case. “I . . . hope that providence will have more mercy for me than I showed Glenn Ford,” Stroud said in a letter to the editor of the Times of Shreveport. “But, I’m also sobered by the realization that I certainly am not deserving of it” (ABA Journal, March 25).