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Trailers: For The Bible Tells Me So and Code of Conduct

The folks behind this new documentary about homosexuality and Biblical scripture, seen through the experience of five families, have certainly put together a powerful trailer.

For the Bible Tells Me So [official site]

And on a less serious note, Rich Merritt, the former Marine behind the 2005 memoir, Secrets of a Gay Marine Porn Star, has produced a trailer for his forthcoming novel, Code of Conduct.

Rich Merritt [official site]

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  1. caught For the Bible Tells Me So at the Seattle International Film Festival--a really great film. I'm goig to buy a copy for the 'rents when its available.

    Posted by: jeremy | Sep 11, 2007 10:21:42 AM


  2. http://www.godhatesshrimp.com/

    Posted by: Matt | Sep 11, 2007 10:33:44 AM


  3. I want a copy of "For the Bible Tells Me So" too.

    My, mostly straight, UCC Church has two Sundays a year dedicated to GLBT empowerment. The first is Pride Sunday in June and the second is Coming Out Sunday in October. On these days the sermon and an after service meal and program are dedicated to Christian awareness of the GLBT community and our needs. This documentary would be the perfect thing for one of these programs.

    Hopefully it will be widely available soon.

    Posted by: Zeke | Sep 11, 2007 11:08:06 AM


  4. I'd love to find a church like that Zeke... I'd actually consider going back.

    This movie looks interesting. I'd love to check it out and possibly watch it with my parents.

    Posted by: gabriel | Sep 11, 2007 11:13:16 AM


  5. ditto what Jeremy said -- saw "For the Bible Tells Me So" at Outfest here in L.A. and was blown away. it received a standing ovation at the end, one of the best docs I've seen.

    Posted by: eric | Sep 11, 2007 11:23:09 AM


  6. That "Code of Conduct" video is HILARIOUS! The music and the porn-quality acting really puts it over the top.

    Posted by: Marc | Sep 11, 2007 11:39:40 AM


  7. Well, according to Sam Harris, one should take the Bible literally. I'm not sure how one handles the internal contradictions though. Harris would scoff at the premise of this movie. Hmmmm.

    Posted by: anon (gmail.com) | Sep 11, 2007 11:52:23 AM


  8. Who cares what the bible says? Can we move beyond silly superstition already?

    Posted by: JLS | Sep 11, 2007 12:27:01 PM


  9. My Mother, at times, likes to use religion on me, however, she was my Sunday School teacher growing up.

    I can throw religion right back at her every time.

    I'm such a good son. ;)

    Posted by: Allen | Sep 11, 2007 12:30:43 PM


  10. in response to JLS..I take offense to your statement on Christianity..as a gay Christian..the Christianity I grew up with was one of love and acceptance and one of helping others no matter who they are...and you as I'm guessing being gay I would hope be more sensitive towards other peoples beliefs than dragging mine through the mud and calling it silly superstition..

    Posted by: Dusty | Sep 11, 2007 12:33:15 PM


  11. in response to JLS..I take offense to your statement on Christianity..as a gay Christian..the Christianity I grew up with was one of love and acceptance and one of helping others no matter who they are...and you as I'm guessing being gay I would hope be more sensitive towards other peoples beliefs than dragging mine through the mud and calling it silly superstition..

    Posted by: Dusty | Sep 11, 2007 12:34:48 PM


  12. Exactly JLS, who gives a crap what the bible says? Anything that man had a hand in writing is certainly fiction or gossip that has been blown all out of proportion.

    I'm not even certain I even believe in god anymore. I can't get past the logic of this quote: "Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? The he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?" - Epicurus. - Kinda says it all.

    Posted by: Jordan | Sep 11, 2007 1:03:08 PM


  13. GABRIEL, if you, or anyone else, would like to reconnect with the Christian faith in a denomination that will welcome them with openness and affirmation, check out your local United Church of Christ (UCC). Sometimes UCC churches are called Congregational Churches, especially in the North East. Just make sure it is a UNITED Church of Christ and not a Church of Christ. There is a HUGE difference in the two.

    You can find out more about the denomination, and find a congregation in your area by going to GodIsStillSpeaking.com or UCC.org.

    I'm directing this comment to Gabriel, in response to his/her comment. I'm not trying to proselytize anyone. That's not my style and it's not the style of the UCC.

    Posted by: Zeke | Sep 11, 2007 1:07:54 PM


  14. Dusty, what denomination did you grow up in? The Christianity I grew up with was anti-gay and while it preached love it practiced hate.

    Posted by: db | Sep 11, 2007 1:10:03 PM


  15. the bible is a novel. all religions are merely an outgrowth of human being's superstitious behavior to justify the subjugation of human by human. there is no god and there is no afterlife. science tells me so.

    Posted by: stephen | Sep 11, 2007 1:20:09 PM


  16. Well Dusty, maybe if the loving Christians stood up to the hate-mongers in the Christian faith there wouldn’t be such criticism. As far as I’m concern Christians have done nothing more than whore the name of Jesus for their own political lust and greed.
    Also, obviously you haven’t noticed but loving Christians are despised by the Christian right to the point that no one takes your kind serous anymore.
    If you want to be counted for something you’ll have to grow a backbone and stand-up for it. I don’t want to be mean I just want you to realize what’s happening to your religion. It is all such a shame.

    Posted by: Ex-Christian | Sep 11, 2007 1:21:18 PM


  17. EX-CHRISTIAN, how do you presume to know what Dusty or other loving Christians have done to stand up to hate-mongers who have hi-jacked their faith?

    How can you chastise him for not having a backbone and not standing up without knowing him or knowing what he does or doesn't do?

    I think you are being very rude and terribly presumptuous.

    You're right about one thing, "loving", progressive Christians most certainly ARE despised by the Christian right. In fact they probably despise us more than just about anyone else, except for gays.

    If Dusty (and I) are part of a group of people who are despised by the Christian right then we must be doing something right and if for no other reason than that I would think that we would earn your respect instead of your scorn.

    Posted by: Zeke | Sep 11, 2007 3:30:29 PM


  18. Zeke,
    I was hoping Dusty would respond in hopes that he knows that he will have to say more than a few lines if he is to stand up for his faith. Isn’t Jesus worth more then a few “now stop that you meany” lines.
    Who is the voice of the Christian faith in America? Pat Robertson, Jerry Farwell, James Dobbs, etc etc. They most certainly have whored the name of Jesus for their political lust. These people actively recruit to strengthen their flocks. The same can not be said for your faith.
    Where is the voice of those loving Christians? Where are your television shows? The answer is the same for both questions and that’s not in the main stream media. Where is the loving Christians voice when a teenage decides to kill himself because they believe the words of Pat Robertson about sex. I’m sure you would be the first to help, but I afraid you are a voice in the wilderness.
    I must go now. Sorry I offended you but Dusty needs to learn to stand up and be counted. It’s a very harsh world out there and much worse than me out there.
    Peace be you.

    Posted by: Ex-Christian | Sep 11, 2007 4:11:56 PM


  19. The one thing that always bothers me about the Christian responses is that they maintain that somehow their beliefs are beyond criticism--no matter how outlandish--and yet they are ready to criticize those non-Christian Catholics, or Scientologists or Mormons. I think all belief systems are open to criticism and ridicule.

    Posted by: db | Sep 11, 2007 4:24:44 PM


  20. "Where is the voice of those loving Christians? Where are your television shows? The answer is the same for both questions and that’s not in the main stream media." -- EX CHRISTIAN

    I'm glad you asked. And what timing!

    This is an article on the UCC website JUST TODAY.

    Maybe this will answer your question about where our voice is.

    http://www.ucc.org/news/ucc-appeals-to-full-fcc-about.html

    Here's another answer to your question:

    http://www.speroforum.com/site/article.asp?idCategory=34&idarticle=3320

    The UCC has been fighting with mainstream media outlets for years over their repeated exclusion of our (or ANY progressive Christian) voice in their weekly, even daily, fundamentalist lovefests. We are boring in that we don't rant and rave or declare that natural disasters and acts of terrorism are judgments from God. We don't give them the Jerry Springer ratings boost that a Tony Perkins or a Bill Donahue or a Pat Robertson or a Jerry Falwell will.

    What would be YOUR suggestion to change the situations that the UCC finds ourselves in in the examples above. I welcome your wisdom since you seem to feel that we are lazy, uninterested, unconcerned, uncaring or inept.

    Posted by: Zeke | Sep 11, 2007 4:40:59 PM


  21. DB, I couldn't agree more.

    Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs but no one is entitled to unchallenged beliefs.

    Posted by: Zeke | Sep 11, 2007 4:52:27 PM


  22. In this country, when someone admits to being an athiest they are immediately attacked and in the most personal ways. They are accused of being mean-spirited and without morals and are pretty much removed from any discourse (even when they have best selling books). I think coming out as an athiest in America is an incredibly brave thing for anyone to do.

    Posted by: DB | Sep 11, 2007 6:10:27 PM


  23. Thanks Zeke for the info on that. I'll check it out

    Posted by: gabriel | Sep 11, 2007 6:40:39 PM


  24. The most "Christian" man I know is an atheist. My VERY best friend in the world (next to my husband) is an atheist and he is without a doubt THE most moral, ethical and kind spirited person I know (again, other than the husband).

    He and his wife were married in a double ceremony with me and my man. They made a pledge to us that they would not get married until we could get married too. As soon as Ontario got marriage equality in 2003 we all flew up to Toronto and got hitched in a civil ceremony.

    A few months later my husband and I had a church ceremony. Knowing that a spiritual union was important to me, my friend, without one word of judgment, ridicule or reservation, stood up for me as my best man.

    100% Class act.

    I would come to blows with ANYONE who said he was immoral, unethical or mean-spirited.

    Posted by: Zeke | Sep 11, 2007 9:21:34 PM


  25. "Jesus...Suck it, Jesus."

    Posted by: Robguy | Sep 11, 2007 10:57:35 PM


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