I Am Michael

I Am Michael

DVD - 2015
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Based on the fascinating true-life story of Michael Glatze, a gay activist who becomes a Christian pastor after identifying as a heterosexual.
Audience: Not rated.
Publisher: [Warren NJ] : Passion River, 2015.
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC I
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (100 min.) : digital, sound, colour ; 12 cm
Language Note: Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

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MichelleinBallard
Jul 20, 2017

While I don't share the Michael Glatze character's theological viewpoint, which, it seems to me, rejects God's liberatory love and Christ's example and sacrifice, this is nevertheless an interesting film. One of the interesting (and telling?) things is that how Glatze first came to identify as gay is not really dealt with in the film.

Also interesting is the scene where the Glatze character is expelled from a Buddhist retreat for having expressed his beliefs. Yes, liberals can be very intolerant and hypocritical though, of course, they have no monopoly on these characteristics.

The Glatze character at one point speaks of how "the gay identity has been packaged". He's right and Joseph Massad's 2007 take (*Desiring Arabs*) on the "Gay International" is one good starting point on this subject. However, it may be fairly argued that all collective identities are to some extent constructed/packaged and that does not invalidate them or make them sinful.

James Franco gives a solid performance.

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bob33lib
Apr 15, 2017

Although I did not agree with the main character's opinion I fully supported the writer's Concept that.being able to have and to express an opinion is acceptable. Of course there are extremes like the man that was teaching that the holocost did not happen there remains avenues to address such What I am agreeing is that popular opipinion is not reason enough to reject all other opinions.

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