Rekindling the Intellectual, Spiritual, Creative legacy of Christians in Culture

For thre Bible Tells me So Guest Host Craig Detweiler interviews three people who appear in "For The Bible Tells Me So" at the Windrider Forum at Sundance film festival. (The interview is followed by audience questions and answers.) Mel White left Fuller Seminary and foundede Soul Force after coming out of the closet. Bob and Mary Lou Wellner's daughter Anna experienced rejection after announcing that she was a lesbian adn committed suicide some months later. SUNDANCE describes the film this way: "Are homosexuals welcome in the kingdom of God? For centuries, the Bible has been used to sanction discrimination, repression, and injustice. It has justified slavery, empowered segregation, and excused the subjugation of women--and the tradition continues. Same tactics, new target. Today a handful of religious passages are constantly exploited to validate hatred and violence against homosexuals. Filmmaker Daniel Karslake explores the way religious conservatives have systematically misled the public into believing that the Bible forbids homosexuality and how this campaign of misinterpretation continues to stigmatize the gay community and threaten America's rapidly diminishing separation of church and state. With a keen sense of irony, Karslake focuses on the family. Through the unfolding of five very moving stories of Christian families with a gay or lesbian member and the reflections of major biblical scholars, the film examines what, if anything, the Bible actually says about homosexuality as we know it today. Skillfully constructed, painstakingly researched, wielding whimsical animation and a proudly unapologetic point of view, For the Bible Tells Me So explores the intersection of religion and homosexuality in America today, concluding that, perhaps, hatred is the greatest abomination of all.David Courier."