'A children’s fantasy film that stars Nicole Kidman and features a little girl on a quest to kill God has some Christian groups upset over what they believe is a ploy to promote atheism to kids.
The movie, “The Golden Compass,” is adapted from the first novel in a trilogy called “His Dark Materials” by English author Philip Pullman, an outspoken atheist. Critics fear that the film, due out in December, will encourage children to read the anti-Church series.
"These books denigrate Christianity, thrash the Catholic Church and sell the virtues of atheism," said Bill Donohue, president and CEO of the Catholic League.
The film itself is unlikely to offend — because New Line Cinema has tried to keep religion out of it, focusing on the story of a little girl named Lyra and her journey within a strange, parallel universe.
"'The Golden Compass' is an entertaining fantasy about love, courage, responsibility and freedom," a New Line spokesman said. "We look forward to the Dec. 7 opening."
But the removal of the Godless themes from the movie has some Christian organizations seething.
"They’re intentionally watering down the most offensive element,” Donohue said. “I'm not really concerned about the movie, [which] looks fairly innocuous. The movie is made for the books. ... It's a deceitful, stealth campaign. Pullman is hoping his books will fly off the shelves at Christmastime."
Some atheists and fans of the books aren't happy, either. They say the studio has caved to pressure from the Christian right by sanitizing the tale for the big screen.'
“Pullman is an outspoken atheist”. I love how they make that sound like he’s a kiddy fiddler or similar; I mean, the fucking Pope is an outspoken Catholic, or so I’m told – can we do something about him too, please? I think he's on a stealth campaign to convert women into childbearing drones whose major life choices are dictated by decrepid old men who live in the Vatican, but nobody's listening to me.
Anyway, Pullman. Well now JESUS, we’d better make sure those evil atheists never get anywhere near creative expression in the future, just THINK of the effect they’ll have on our INNOCENT – or, as we are doing our damnedest to be sure of, unthinking – children.
How DARE an atheist write a book! How dare it become one of the most popular books for children of all time! How dare he encourage freedom of thought in the minds of the young before we’ve had a chance to mentally batter all the questioning out of them!
It never ceases to amaze me how god botherers insist that theirs is an all-powerful, all-seeing deity, capable of making and destroying whole worlds, but yet can’t take even the wee-ist, the icklest bit of criticism. I reckon if your god is capable of striking me down and plunging me into the depths of hellfire and damnation for being a non-believer, he’s probably a tiny bit above your common-or-garden “God, mate, you’re a bit of an arsehole” name-calling.