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.

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3 Responses to “I don’t know how to break this to you, but it’s not real

  1. Jamelle Says:

    They are just a bunch of bored busy bodies. It’s sort of pathetic really.

  2. CarrieP Says:

    I *just* and I mean just (as in less than 24 hours ago) got done reading “The Golden Compass,” so I feel uniquely qualified to comment on this bruhaha.

    The first thing I noticed is that the claimed “attack on religion,” in the first book, anyway, is fairly subdued. Only at the very end is the attack on the Church explicitlly stated, and even then, by a character who is clearly off his nut.(I do understand that it’s much more explicit in the other two books, though.)

    Second, kids aren’t going to pick up on the religious subtext. I never realized the Christian themes in Chronicles of Narnia until only a few years ago. Until then, it was just a fun fantasy story.

    Besides,if people really want to get up in arms about content in the book, there’s much more direct stuff to scoff about–the underage drinking, gory violence, and murder of children should be plenty to get a parent’s feathers ruffled.

  3. Kieran Says:

    The Catholics are nearly as bad as Muslims (re 90 lashes anybody) for try to quash things that “offend God” or their own sensibilities. Which is interesting because God could hold his own, on his own quite well.


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