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Confronting the clash between homosexuality and religion

By Ridgefield Playhouse

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The award-winning film “For the Bible Tells Me So” explores the questions that inevitably arise when discussing the chasm separating Christianity from gays and lesbians and reconciles homosexuality and Biblical scripture.
Does God condemn homosexuality? Is the chasm separating Christianity from gays and lesbians too wide to cross? Is the Bible an excuse to hate? The answers to these questions are the basis of the documentary film “For the Bible Tells Me So” which will be screened as part of The Ridgefield Playhouse Film Society’s Documentary Film Series on Sunday, March 27, at 6:00 p.m. Director Daniel Karslake will be on hand for a post-screening Q & A hosted by Ira Joe Fisher, Morton Dean and Faith Daniels. This event is sponsored by The Ridgefield Press, HBGroup, Sony XDCAM HC and Cohen and Wolf, P.C.

Through the experiences of five Christian American families – including those of former U.S. House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt and Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson, “For the Bible Tells Me So” reveals how people of faith handle the realization of having a gay child or family member. The film “confronts, with whimsy and hellfire, the clash between religion and homosexuality.” (New York Magazine). The film premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and won the prestigious Audience Awards at the 2007 Seattle and Provincetown International Film Festivals and The Kathleen Bryan Edwards Award for Human Rights at the 2007 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

The Ridgefield Playhouse Film Society has five component film series programs: the “Lost and Found”, ”Premiere”, “Documentary”, “Family” and the “Director’s Cut Film Festival”. Since 2004, the screening of award-winning productions has brought to the community a unique opportunity to hear directly from the actors, writers, directors and producers whose research and dedication have turned out films of substance and relevance. The Film Society’s artistic director, Joseph Consentino, is an Emmy award-winning television documentary producer/director who shares his passion, time and talent to support The Ridgefield Playhouse.

For reserved and general admission tickets ($5.00) and additional information about The Ridgefield Playhouse Film Society programs, call the box office at 203-438-5795, or go online at The Ridgefield Playhouse is a not-for-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT;

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