I don’t know how to break this to you, but it’s not real
December 5, 2007
Apparently Christians are slamming Nicole Kidman. Well sure, Tom Cruise was a mistake, but what’s the big deal?
Christian groups are up in arms in the United States over a new children’s film starring Nicole Kidman and based on an award-winning novel by British author Philip Pullman, accusing it of being anti-religious.
Ah. I see.
But already The Golden Compass is whipping up the same controversy which saw the Harry Potter series based on the novels by British author JK Rowling, accused by some on the religious right of promoting witchcraft.
Harry Potter? I think we can guess where this is going.
The author’s attack on organised religion has been toned down for the film, in a bid to attract as wide as audience as possible, something director Chris Weitz has acknowledged.
“In the books the Magisterium is a version of the Catholic Church gone wildly astray from its roots,” Weitz wrote in the British Daily Telegraph.
But “if that’s what you want in the film, you’ll be disappointed”, he warned.
However, the sanitised version of Pullman’s book has failed to appease the Catholic League, which has 350,000 members, and which has already been sending out leaflets denouncing the film.
“The Catholic League wants Christians to stay away from this movie precisely because it knows that the film is bait for the books,” said president William Donohue.
Has it really come to this? Do we have to have this argument every single time a book or movie comes out that has content conflicting with the bible or offending the church? These are the kind of people who were upset over overtly religious movies like The Passion of the Christ because they disagreed with their interpretation. You could probably make a movie about dirt and they’d be able to find something in it that they objected to.
The bottom line as I see it is this:
It’s fiction. Read it. Don’t read it. The choice is yours. Other people in the world are going to have opinions that disagree with yours. Grow up and take some responsibility for your own actions, and let other people make up their own minds about whether they are interested or not.