Tale of Two Movies

Ashley and I have never really been big movie goers.  We did go when we were dating for fun and have seen a few major movies in the theaters but mostly we like to receive our movies in the mail and watch them on the couch with a pizza or something organic and delicious to eat.  However, this week we have had two very different but equally worth sharing movie experiences.

Ashley and I watched “For the Bible Tells Me So” which is a documentary that tells the stories of five American Families and how they reconcile their Christian beliefs with having a gay or lesbian child.

This was recorded as it was on the Sundance Channel and we did get to watch it in our living room and in our PJ’s.

The family stories were heartwarming in some cases and depressing in others.  The thing that stuck out to me in the movie the most was how so many people are influenced by the beliefs of one scared, close-minded, extremist.  One of the anti-gay groups from the film, Focus on the Family, was founded by James Dobson.  He kindly had a family arrested when they peacefully attempted to deliver a letter to him at the Focus on the Family Headquarters.  Here are Mr. Dobson’s positions on women, sex education, and homosexuality:

My observation is that women are merely waiting for their husbands to assume leadership. ~James Dobson

One of the problems with sex education… is that it also strips kids – especially girls – of their modesty to have every detail of anatomy, physiology and condom usage made explicit. ~James Dobson

Homosexuals are not monogamous. They want to destroy the institution of marriage. It will destroy marriage. It will destroy the Earth. ~James Dobson

It’s people like Mr. Dobson that are getting major right-wing backing and are making tons of money off of convincing parents that their children are ‘sick’ or need help.  Well, guess what?  What he is doing is not helping.  Dobson needs help of his own.  Luckily, not long after we watched this film I logged on to Facebook to find this link posted Mommy, what is gay marriage? and I felt better instantly.

The second movie experience was actually in the theater.  We went to see Toy Story 3.

I remember reading somewhere that Toy Story 2 actually made more profit than Toy Story and after seeing the third one I think that could be true.  We went with Judy (my MIL and Ashley’s mom), and the three of us were constantly laughing.  I did not feel like I was in a children’s movie at all as there were many things in the film aimed at adults, parents, and teachers and there were definitely moments that were terrifying for the child in me.  If there was any question as to the target audience for the plot line, the mystery was solved during the end as I think almost every adult in the theater got a little teary eyed.  In closing, it was worth the $6.50 per person plus snacks!

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