I Am Michael (2015)

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I Am Michael: Directed by Justin Kelly. With James Franco, Zachary Quinto, Emma Roberts, Charlie Carver. Based on the fascinating true-life story of Michael Glatze, a gay activist who becomes a Christian pastor after identifying as a heterosexual.

“I approached this move with curiosity, I knew the story wouldnu0026#39;t please me, but the unpleasantness and the challenging of it, ( would it defy my beliefs or ideas?, would it reveal me something new, unknown? or would I just learn something, whatever…?) plus the main actors, so gay friendly, and therefore unlikely to act in a biased, bad or religious preaching movie, drove me to watch it.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003e I expected the sad story of a gay activist abducted by religious beliefs….. and thatu0026#39;s what it is: a gay man in which the fear for his own death and the afterlife, the search for a sort rock of stability and reconciliation with a dodgy conception, a misrepresentation, of the idea god, leads him to buy all the christian made up merchandise about it. u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eI like the even, unbiased approach, showing the conversion in an objective and balanced manner but I find it too plane, sometimes boring, I miss a deeper approach to the psychology of that process, and a bit more challenge of the christian ideas and faulty reasoning that wreak havoc in Glatzeu0026#39;s mind by the other characters in the movie.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe answer to the questions I started with is a cold NO.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eMy view on M. Glatze personal conversion story: nI understand the fear of death and the longing for and afterlife, but and adult, empiric, scientific and properly reasoning and educated mind should know and be aware of a few things:u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003e1.- Nobody knows anything about god. God has never spoken to any human being no matter how many of those men claimed so, because they could never prove it. If god wanted to communicate with us he/she/it certainly would have many blunt ways to do so: showing in the sky like Woody allenu0026#39;s mom, or in any other direct manner. So, until it can be proven, beyond doubt, in a scientific way, his existence can NOT be asserted.n n2.- The Bible is NOT godu0026#39;s word, but manu0026#39;s word speculating about Godu0026#39;s nature and plans with the huge ignorance of the times it was written. this is so obvious that is almost shameful having to say it. u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003e3.- The idea of salvation and the promise of the afterlife is an old trick of all religions to impose fear and gather power and money from people. Selling salvation is a lucrative business, especially since they sell a good or service they donu0026#39;t have to pay spend any money in, and for which they can no be held accountable if is not delivered. Amazon delivery policies and regulations are way more advanced and fair than this. u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eI seriously recommendnu003culu003eu003cliu003ethe videos and books of Richard Dawkins, like God delusion,u003c/liu003eu003cliu003eand the experience of Daniel Everett, a missionary that lost faith to Amazonian tribe Piraha.u003c/liu003eu003c/ulu003e”


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