Publication: Patriot-News, The (
Author(s): MARY WARNER Of the Patriot-News
Date: January 24, 2008
Film explores efforts to reconcile gays, faith
'Last week I bought the gun. Yesterday I wrote the note.
"But last night I happened to turn on your show and just knowing that someday I might be able to go back into my church, I threw the gun in the river. My mom never has to know."
That 1998 e-mail -- from a gay teen in
Christians who condemn homosexuality cite the Bible. And that means gay teens often "face the prospect of losing their church family -- and indeed God," Karslake said. "Gay people need to know there are Christians who are on their side."
The show that inspired the
His new documentary explores five families as they reconcile, or struggle to reconcile, their Christian faith and the discovery that a son or daughter is gay.
Among the parents are former House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt and his wife, Jane, whose daughter told them the year he ran for president that she is lesbian.
The film also explores the Bible. Christian leaders, including Bishop Desmund Tutu, bring an understanding of Hebrew language and Jewish history to bear on Scripture cited as condemning homosexuality. They come out with a very different interpretation.
"This isn't about avoiding Scripture. This is about going headlong into it and taking it back," Karslake said.
Karslake, 42, lives in
He graduated from
The Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center in
Screenings in Annville and
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