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Gay in the Eyes of God: An Hour-Long Special

From: Interfaith Voices
Series: Gay in the Eyes of God: A 21-Part Series
Length: 59:00

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Weaving personal stories with interpretations of scripture, we explore how America’s major faith traditions deal with acceptance of LGBT people. Read the full description.

Rainbowflagedit_creative_commons_ludovic_bertron_small Open any Torah, Bible or Koran, and the passages about homosexuality seem clear: being gay is an abomination; a sin; something that incurs the wrath of God. But for some, these interpretations are changing.

"Gay in the Eyes of God" is a special production of Interfaith Voices, the leading religion news magazine on public radio. It explores the ways in which the major American religious traditions (Christianity, Judaism and Islam) grapple with acceptance of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

We present personal stories as well as interpretations of scripture and theology - both traditional and progressive. The series features stories from:

•       Celestine and Hilary - a Catholic couple where one partner is transgender
•       A Catholic lesbian who decides the only way to be faithful is to be celibate
•       Gay and lesbian Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn
•       An Orthodox rabbi who defends tradition
•       An openly gay imam who leads a welcoming service in a Washington, DC mosque
•       An African-American Christian woman who struggles with her father over being a lesbian

"Gay in the Eyes of God" comes an important time, as the Supreme Court takes up the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, and the nation becomes more accepting of LGBT people. Still, the country is divided, and our series reflects many different views on this issue.

This special features some of the best interviews from our 21-part series on this topic .

Made with the support of the Arcus Foundation.

Also in the Gay in the Eyes of God: A 21-Part Series series

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'The Gay Issue' in Judaism, Christianity and Islam (34:26)
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Homosexuality in the Bible, Torah and Koran (12:06)
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The 'Gay Church' (12:05)
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The Pioneers of Change (21:38)
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Gay and Orthodox (10:38)
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Homosexuality and Judaism: Two Views (18:53)
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It all started with those two lines in Leviticus - a core text of Judaism. Two rabbis from opposite ends of the theological spectrum explain homosexuality in Jewish law.
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On Being Gay and Muslim (10:26)
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A gay, devout Muslim man recounts growing up in Pakistan, where being homosexual wasn’t just abnormal, it “wasn’t part of the vocabulary.” After moving to America, he ...
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Islam and Homosexuality: A Traditional View (04:38)
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The director of one of the largest mosques in America presents Islam’s traditional approach to homosexuality: being gay is acceptable, but acting on it is a sin, as stated by ...
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Gay and Episcopalian: The Progressive View (15:18)
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Bishop Marianne Budde, the spiritual leader of some 40,000 Episcopalians in the DC-Metro area, shares the church’s official stance on homosexuality. She says attitudes are ...
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Gay and Episcopalian: The Traditional View (16:45)
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Piece Description

Open any Torah, Bible or Koran, and the passages about homosexuality seem clear: being gay is an abomination; a sin; something that incurs the wrath of God. But for some, these interpretations are changing.

"Gay in the Eyes of God" is a special production of Interfaith Voices, the leading religion news magazine on public radio. It explores the ways in which the major American religious traditions (Christianity, Judaism and Islam) grapple with acceptance of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

We present personal stories as well as interpretations of scripture and theology - both traditional and progressive. The series features stories from:

•       Celestine and Hilary - a Catholic couple where one partner is transgender
•       A Catholic lesbian who decides the only way to be faithful is to be celibate
•       Gay and lesbian Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn
•       An Orthodox rabbi who defends tradition
•       An openly gay imam who leads a welcoming service in a Washington, DC mosque
•       An African-American Christian woman who struggles with her father over being a lesbian

"Gay in the Eyes of God" comes an important time, as the Supreme Court takes up the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, and the nation becomes more accepting of LGBT people. Still, the country is divided, and our series reflects many different views on this issue.

This special features some of the best interviews from our 21-part series on this topic .

Made with the support of the Arcus Foundation.

Timing and Cues

Promo: 30 sec
In cue: "Open any Torah, Bible or Koran, and the passages about homosexuality seem clear."
Out cue: "Join me for 'Gay in the Eyes of God,' a special presentation from Interfaith Voices.

Billboard: 00:00 - 00:59
In cue: “The United States is one of the most religious nations in the world...”
Out cue: “Coming up, a special presentation from Interfaith Voices, ‘Gay in the Eyes of God.’ First this.”

INSERT NEWS HOLE

Part 1 (file is labeled “Segment 3”) 6:30 - 21:43
In cue: “Welcome to ‘Gay in the Eyes of God,’ a special from Interfaith Voices. I’m Maureen Fiedler.”
Out cue: “Coming up, the little-known world of gay Orthodox Jews. And a rabbi who speaks with the authority of 4,000 years. Stay tuned.”

Break 1: 21:43 – 22:43

Part 2: (file is labeled “Segment 5”) 22:43 – 40:31
In cue: "Welcome back to this special one-hour program from Interfaith Voices: Gay In the Eyes of God. I’m Maureen Fiedler."
Out cue: "Rabbi Meyer Fund leads the Sheves Achim Congregation in Brooklyn, NY."

Break 2: 40:31 – 41:31

Part 3: (file is labeled “Segment 7”) 41:32 – 59:00
In cue: “The Jewish scriptures form the basis of Christianity’s Old Testament.”
Out cue: “For more information, visit us at interfaithradio.org.”

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