Daily Archives: June 18, 2018

Man in an Orange Shirt TV Review

In 2018, we have much to be grateful for. That includes (for the most part), the open acceptance of those who are part of the LGBTQ community.

But it wasn’t so long ago that being gay not only considered to be immoral, it was also illegal.

The TV movie Man in an Orange Shirt is the story of two men fighting against their own inner nature to fit in with the rest of the world. In post World War II Britain, Michael (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) and Thomas (James McArdle) are very much in love. But because they are two men, their love can never be publicly accepted. Michael marries Flora (Joanna Vanderham) and lives like any heterosexual married man. But Flora finds out about Thomas and her marriage is never the same.

Years later, a much older Flora (Vanessa Redgrave) is now a widow and living with her grandson, Adam (Julian Morris). On the surface, Adam appears to be ok. But he to is fighting his own sexuality and trying to shame himself via meaningless sexual encounters with strange men. Then Steve (David Gyasi) enters his life and Adam must not only face his demons, but learn to accept who he is. While her grandson is facing down his own demons, Flora is still dealing with decades old open emotional wounds that have not healed.

I think this is one of the more interesting and thought-provoking TV movies that I have seen in a long time. It’s  addresses head on the pain that comes with hiding your true self, even if you live in a world that is tolerant of those who are different.

I recommend it.

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I Can Quote The Bible Too, Jeff Sessions

The bible is often used as justification when it comes to defending our actions.

Recently, Attorney General Jeff Sessions quoted the bible to defend the treatment of migrants at our Southern border.

He is not the only one who can pull quotes from the bible.

“The stranger who sojourns with you shall be as a native from among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. I am the Lord, your God.” Leviticus 19:34

The quote that he is so easily referencing was also used to justify slavery in the United States.

There is also, the story of the three unknown men who approached the tent of Abraham and Sarah. Abraham could have sent them away, not knowing who they were or what their motives could have been. But instead, he welcomed these men into his home, treating them as honored guests.

When reporters asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders about this immoral treatment, she also referred to the bible.

I’m not a parent, but the sounds of these young kids crying for their parents absolutely breaks my heart.  I’m not a biblical scholar by any stretch of the imagination, but even I know that there is nothing that states that children of migrants should be separated from their parents in such an egregious manner.

If there is any justice in this world, you know and his minions will pay for what they are doing to these families. Until then, I can only hope that there are enough reasonable minds in Congress to undo this beyond horrible injustice.

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