Deception - Topic of Concern

While the film is in post production, Ceil and I have conducted focus group meetings to unveil our project and discuss our findings. Many of the focus group participants are from the GLBT community of faith; however, we've received highly positive feedback from a diverse group of mainstream Americans in regards to the content and storyline of this documentary film.

One element of concern raised among focus group participants active in their faith communities is the issue of deception. Indeed, we acknowledge that portions of our experimental project involved deceiving this Evangelical church into thinking we're somebody other then who we truly are. We'd learned, based on our previous experiences with another Evangelical church that we attended for over a year as two open lesbian ministers, that people, especially and including "men and women of God", are geared to judge others based on their outside packages. We theorized that our experience at the first Evangelical church would have been totally different, better, had we been a heterosexual couple. The only way we would find the Truth for ourselves would be to experience the Evangelical Organization as man and woman.

As you will see documented in Faith of the Abomination, striving to maintain our own spiritual health and balance throughout this project proved to be one of the most difficult challenges we endured. The irony for us is that the concern about our deception was predominantly raised from the GLBT community of faith. Every person who is gay or lesbian understands what it's like to have to pretend to be someone we're not in order to preserve the feelings of someone we love.

We understood that undertaking this project would include answering for the controversy; however, it was all we were left with to try to find a solution to all the HATE and division propagated by "men of God" in their "houses of God". Did the end justify the means of searching for the Truth? You decide.

11 comments:

Elmo said...

Well, no one can honestly condemn your deception without condemning the Evangelical church for theirs also...

Anonymous said...

This sort of "deception" is a common and widely accepted tool of journalism -- it is quite different from the "deception" of being in the closet in one's daily life. The latter is a surrender to bigotry, the former a blow against it.

Anonymous said...

I myself was raised by hard-core yet surprsingly hypocritical Southern Baptists. What you call deception I call undercover journalism. The world needs to know what's being preached to the heartland and why so many people are filled with hate. Churches like these are commonplace, and they spew a doctrine of hatred, inequality, assimilation and moralism. Such moralism is ultimately self-destructive and impossible to uphold, hence the rampant hypocrisy you see in today's evangelicals.

BigAssBelle said...

bless you both. thank you for this important work.

Anonymous said...

Your documentary looks like it's going to be freakin awesome. Congrats, and thanks.

It looks like you're about to reveal the lie behind "love the sinner, hate the sin" b.s. line the Religious Right so often touts. It appears obvious that once the truth of who you really are is revealed to this congregation, that it was the "sinner" they hated all along.

Best of fortune to you, and to the success of your film.

Han said...

A quick thanks to everyone who believes in and supports our endeavors to STAND UP for decency in humanity! Thanks for contributing to this dialogue.

Anonymous said...

Hello from Colorado Springs!

Bravo!!!

Not many people believe what these churches are preaching. I hope everyone sees this film.

silver rock said...

You go, girls!

Jon said...

You two rock!

Anonymous said...

Are you going to give the Church a chance for it's side of the story or are you only going to use your bigoted side?

Han said...

Anonymous - in all actuality, the Church has been telling their side of the story for generations, and all tax-free. Perhaps you should watch the documentary before you use the word "bigoted".