For The Bible Told Me So is a documentary of five Christian families, from traditional backgrounds, that struggle with the knowledge that a family member is gay.
A screening at Stetson University in Florida drew positive reviews from both sides of a panel consisting of ex-gay activists as well as gay-affirmative viewers, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal.
From the ex-gay side:
“I loved that the core of it was families’ stories,” said Mike Ensley, a counselor with Exodus Ministries, which helps youth wanting to overcome homosexuality.
From the gay-affirming side:
Matt McKeown, associate pastor of United Brethren in Christ Church in Holly Hill, said he was embarrassed to see so many preachers spewing hatred toward homosexuals.
“I kept slinking lower in my chair,” McKeown said.
His complaint, which was shared by a few panel members, was that the only conservatives seen in the film were “bigoted idiots.”
On her blog, ex-gay advocate Karen Keen encourages conservative Christians to watch the film and “hopefully dispel certain harmful stereotypes about gay and lesbians.” But she cautions:
Yet, despite resonating with the family stories, I also felt strangely alienated by the film. Ultimately, despite what one would expect, it did not represent me‚Äîa Christian with same-gender attraction. The only reference to me, and those like me, was during a cartoon segment that portrayed ex-gay ministry participants as repressed and depressed. Admittedly, I laughed during the cartoon. It was funny. But, it was also mocking. It mocked me and my story. That struck me as hypocritical given the claims of the filmmakers who say they want to help change myths and stereotypes about gay people. Ironically, For the Bible Tells Me So reinforces stereotypes of same-gender attracted Christians who decide not to affirm or act on their homosexual desires.
Filmmaker Daniel Karslake said he invited conservative Christian commentators James Dobson, Gary Bauer, and Dick Cheney to participate in the documentary, but they declined.