“For the Bible Tells Me So,” is a documentary about religion and homosexuality. Primarily, the film depicts the struggles of several individuals as they realize they are gay, and how this affects their relationship with faith and family. The film illustrates how devastating the suffering some gays face and the struggles some Christian families encounter when a family member is gay. It is heartbreaking to watch moments of hate-mongering and discrimination against homosexuals, especially when done by family members or in the name of one’s religion.
The American debate on homosexuality reveals an unquestionable, though awfully uninvited, fusion between religion and politics, revealing a dangerous lack of separation between the church and state. The concern is not about the presence of spirituality in American politics, but the implications institutionalized religion has on the lives and rights of human beings. Nothing hinders the political and social progress of lesbian women and gay men quite like the complexities of religion. Dating back to the beginning of literature itself, homosexuality is far from modern. Nonetheless, homosexuality is currently the most divisive and fiercely debated topic in recent religious discourse. While most Christians maintain allegiance in labeling same-sex relationships as morally wrong, the church is dramatically divided on the proper place for gays and lesbians in American society and of course, American politics.
The essay by Peter J. Gomes, entitled �Homophobic? Read Your Bible,� can be analyzed in many ways. The essay discusses the issue of homosexuality as it relates to religion. The Baptist minister provides an unexpected approach to the subject. Mr. Gomes�s thesis statement in this essay is, �The army of the discontented, eager for clear villains and simple solutions and ready for a crusade in which political self-interest and social anxiety can be cloaked in morality, has found hatred of homosexuality to be the last respectable prejudice of the century� (�Homophobic� 414). This essay uses effective evidence to prove the thesis statement while also doing a good job of refuting opposing views.
Throughout history homosexuality has been considered vulgar, perverse and immoral. What is truly immoral is homophobia and that it still prevails today. Firstly, homophobia derived from prejudice and escalated to panic. Secondly, homophobic attitudes are endorsed and practiced by many places of worship, which are hypocritical to God’s concept of the Golden Rule. Thirdly, the severity of homophobia has reached a point of no return, where the lives of many innocent have been viciously taken away. Lastly, many individuals choose to practice homophobia, whether it is a personal choice or not. Homophobia is the result of fear, ignorance and intolerance.
“Equal rights for lesbians and gay men may be the greatest civil rights battle of the 21st century” (Avery 2007, p. 71). Homosexual couples have been fighting a losing battle for years, and their struggle has recently taken the spotlight once again as a burning topic. Over the years, many people have come to support equal love. However, many Americans still advocate the one man-one woman institution of marriage. The fight for equal rights in general has always been a complex issue. African Americans, women, and many other minorities have had to fight for the rights that they hold today. There are many factors involved in gay activism such as support, attitudes, roles, and the implications of the movement. Social psychology takes a particular interest in gay rights and these factors in particular, as it is a current, controversial topic within American society.
The often overlooked GLBT history is one which is important to be aware of when analyzing the GLBT movement of the current era. Although the very term homosexual is a relatively new one, examples throughout history give insight into the views of GLBT issues. A clear shift in tolerance can be seen in the transition from Pagan religions to Christianity in Ancient Greece and Rome. Similar shifts, both positive and negative, exist as well. Changing popular beliefs is a very slow process, although the widespread tolerance of the GLBT population today is promising but there still is much more work to be done.
The pastor Sam Allberry offers an insightful view into his experience of homosexuality as a practising Christian in his book Is God Anti-Gay? and clearly highlights how the Bible deals with the topic of same-sex attraction and sexual acts. Since Jesus’ time, homosexuality in the Church has been frowned upon as rejecting God’s will for humanity. Genesis emphasises the unity between male and female leading to procreation as God commanded humankind to “be fruitful and multiply” (Genesis 1:28). However, Allberry shows ‘that the Bible is not fixated on homosexuality… What the Bible says about homosexuality does not represent everything God wants to say to homosexual people’. In this essay I will focus on Allberry’s analysis of homosexuality in biblical
Homophobia does not allow homosexuals to use public and private places as heterosexuals use to socialize and have fun . The homosexual community suffer from some of the following descrimination like are showing affection in public or dance in a lounge, bar or night club, or even be in a restaurant; attend church, or be considered for family, work or political activities. Finally, homosexuals as human being they are inevitably discriminated in places such as work, family and educational environments. Society is responsible for creating a number of negative prejudices and stereotypes toward homosexual orientation; making homosexuals feel insecure about themselves in areas such as intellectual and emotional level. The rejection among homosexual relations is caused due to the need to procreation feel these people to satisfy their desires to perform as father or man role model. The fear felt by homosexuals that are not being accepted by the family, forces them to repress their feelings and sexual desires. The acceptance and respect of a parent for their kid being homosexual is vital, so the children can develop without no fears or
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Homosexual! Deviant! Abomination! Sodomite! Pervert! Vocabulary such as this is used every Sunday in churches across the United States of America. While the majority of believers within a conservative congregation might proudly shout “AMEN!” each time one of these terms is spouted off from behind the pulpit, others cringe as they sink further and further down into their seats. These believers sit quietly and pray that their discomfort isn’t noticeable to others; desperately hoping that the person behind the mask they wear remains undiscovered. For these believers the mask they wear is essential for them to remain a part of a faith community. This scenario is played out in the everyday lives of gay individuals that feel as though they are forced to choose between who they are and what they believe. While some wear a mask and deny their sexuality, others walk away from their faith completely. Each individual that attempts to reconcile their faith with their sexuality has a unique journey, but unfortunately not all have a happy ending.
Alan Shlemon’s book, The Ambassador’s Guide to Understanding Homosexuality seeks to equip believers to defend their convictions about Biblical marriage, sexuality, and gender identity by communicating truth in a compassionate way. Shlemon realizes that truth spoken without compassion will lead to hostility while compassion spoken without truth leads to compromise. Both are essential when being applied to the LGBT issue. The Ambassador’s Guide to Understanding Homosexuality seeks to explore the issue of homosexuality from a Biblical perspective and to equip Christians to handle the issue adequately in an increasingly hostile culture.
“For The Bible Tells Me So,” documented by Daniel Karslake, is a journey through the belief of homosexuality and its perceived conflict with Christianity, as well as various interpretations of what the Bible says about same-sex sexuality. Through the use of parallelism, pathos, and logos, the documentarian is able to communicate his creed that homosexuality and Christianity, with a lot of effort, can have a vigorous relationship. Whether or not your personal religious and political stances on homosexuality are influenced by Karslake’s film, the audience is moved by its portraits of unbreakable family love. The documentary skillfully dives beneath the constraints of its title theme to find deeper treasures that family values are still alive and well.
Looking specifically at Illinois school social workers, Krieglstein (2003) measured heterosexism in connection with previous education, religion, and positive contacts with members of the LGBT community. The ATLG scale was administered to 409 workers who held an MSW degree. The sample consisted of 84% white, 77% female, and over 65% Christian (Krieglstein, 2003). 15% of the school social workers had scores indicating nonheterosexist attitudes, while 5% showed scores that indicated heterosexist attitudes. The amount of education on sexual orientation was found to have a negative correlation with the participants scores, showing that the more education they received, the lower their level of heterosexists attitudes appeared to be. 78% of the respondents stated that they had no previous or insufficient training with LGBT clients (Krieglstein, 2003). A positive correlation was found between religiosity and heterosexism, with 65% of the participants indicating a strong adherence to the Christian faith. The findings of (Crisp, 2012; Berkman & Zinberg, 1997) were similar to the findings of Krieglstein (2003), which showed that there is a negative correlation between the participant’s negative attitudes toward LGBT individuals and the amount of education they have received on the topic.