For The Bible Tells Me So- Movie Trailer
Please note that this film addresses a very controversial issue and may not be suitable for all audiences.
This is an updated trailer of the award-winning documentary, FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO. Through the experiences of five Christian, American families – we discover how people of faith handle the realization of having a gay child or family member.
I viewed this film as part of Pride Week on the Oregon State University campus. The film follows the lives of several religious families as they confront the pain, sorrow, joys, and struggles of accepting, loving and supporting their gay children. The film features numerous religious figures from both sides of the aisle (those who see homosexuality as an abomination, those who celebrate GLBT people, and even a few who openly admit that they are still somewhere in the middle).
I think that there are several important messages that student affairs professionals (SAP) can take away from the film. Many of the gay sons and daughters in the film were in college when they began to question and explore their sexual orientation. It was also at this time when they began to question and explore their religious and spiritual life. These processes, either alone or in combination were often filled with a great deal of angst, fear, and emotional upheaval. The young people in the film do an excellent job of expressing all of the feelings that come with having to abandon ones previous identity and take on a new one. The families in the film react in very different ways when their sons and daughters come out of the closet. Some are supportive right away, some are unaware how to react, some are afraid of how it will affect their lives and some are downright harsh.
The most important lesson I’m taking away from this film is that identity development isn’t an organized process where a student confronts each identity crisis separately and completes one before starting another. Instead students are forced to deal with multiple questions about multiple identities all at once and as they begin to develop a strong identity in one area (sexual orientation) they may start to feel less connected to another identity (religion) simply because of what society is telling them. As a SAP, I think it is imperative that we create safe, illusive programs and offices that support students as they confront these different identity struggles. It is equally important that these programs and offices collaborate and share resources so that when a GLBT student goes to their university’s Pride Center to get support in the coming out process, they can also be connected to GLBT friendly religious communities around campus and visa versa. When it comes to identity development (racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, religious, socioeconomic status, etc.) we must remember that each student has a complex identity, made up of countless pieces that create an even bigger whole. While certain offices on campus may cater to a particular student’s identity more than others they must all be intertwined in order for the most support to be given.