Richard Rodriguez will join radio host Krista Tippett today at 2 p.m. in the Hall of Philosophy for a conversation on the American consciousness, which is Week Seven’s Interfaith Lecture theme.
Maybe President Obama’s motivation for “coming out” and affirming his support for same-sex marriage was politically calculated. Perhaps the president’s statement, as hard as it may be to imagine, had nothing to do with politics. Maybe, the president’s statement supporting an opportunity for a lesbian or gay couple to enter into a legally recognized, binding, civil, marriage covenant and contract was an expression of his true conviction.
But whatever his motivation, President Obama’s statement of support for same-sex marriage is far more genuine than the unholy response of opposition his statement has received from too many clergy. To be sure, the statements of ordained pastors — African-American in ethnicity or otherwise — thundering their opposition based on their view that God, through the Bible, teaches that marriage is between one man and one woman is just not true.
When Daniel Karslake, a seventh generation Chautauquan, debuted his film “For the Bible Tells Me So” at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007, he expected a spew of hate.
The documentary explores a controversial topic: the intersection of religion and homosexuality through the lens of five different Christian families with a gay child.
Karslake’s film has gone on to win accolades at major film festivals nationwide. It has been screened at more than 4,500 churches, it’s been played at colleges and universities throughout the Bible Belt, and it has fostered a dialogue that didn’t exist in 2003 when he began working on it.
The dialogue will continue when he returns to Chautauqua this week for numerous events. “For the Bible Tells Me So” screens at the Chautauqua Cinema, where the film had its theatrical debut, today at 6:15 p.m, followed by a Q-and-A session.