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25 July 2008


New light and truth - preview

Rowena Loverance attended the new documentary For the Bible tells me so

'I don't recognise Peter Akinola as a member of our church', said a questioner at one of Gene Robinson's pre-Lambeth rallies, 'Why don't we just ditch him?' (For the anti-gay archbishop of Nigeria, try substituting East AfricaYearly Meeting – North Friends presently causing Britain Yearly Meeting such distress
  • ) 'But we need him', said Bishop Gene, 'On countless other topics, there will be blind spots in my thinking for which I need his experience
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    We had all just watched the UK premiere of a documentary film For the Bible tells me so, by US TV producer Daniel Karslake; this is his first film
  • It tells the story of five middle American church-going families (including the Robinsons) who have to cope with the unwelcome discovery that they have a gay son or daughter
  • 'That's not the way she was born', one mother wails plaintively
  • Vox-pop interviews confirm the popular view – the Bible (whether or not one has actually read it) teaches that homosexuality is an abomination
  • This film aims to put a tool in the hand of those who would sing, with Jamie Callum, 'It ain't necessarily so'

  • Rowena Loverance

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