Look around the blogosphere and you'll find people who say Christians are over-reacting to The Golden Compass. This news might give you some perspective on that:
"KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) -- Thousands of Sudanese, many armed with clubs and knives, rallied Friday in a central square and demanded the execution of a British teacher convicted of insulting Islam for allowing her students to name a teddy bear 'Muhammad.'" 

I haven't been one to call for boycotting either the movie or the books, except to point out what should be obvious: they don't belong in public school curricula. If you look, though, you can find some excessive reactions to the movie out there. Still I find it sadly amusing to hear cries of "censorship!" over parents encouraging other parents to pay attention to what their kids read or see. I find it disingenuous at best when people say there's nothing anti-religious about the movie or the books. The film doesn't come out for another week, but everybody already knows that movies function as advertisements for books (that's what Scholastic is counting on, in the link already cited); and I've read the books and they're thoroughly anti-God and anti-Church.

We don't need to get all hysterical over that, because God is still God even if Phillip Pullman thinks he's too old to get out of bed. But let's not be too coy about something as obvious as Phillip Pullman's agenda.

I have another source to provide you on that topic, but it deserves its own post.

Series Overview

The Golden Compass and "Killing God"--Not An Urban Legend
Coming Soon To Your Child's School: Hostility Toward God and Church, Heavily Promoted
Once Again, How Can This Be Legal?
On Christianity, the Arts, and How To Have a Disagreement
Original Sin Is the Source of Truth? (The Golden Compass)
Death of Divine Authority—Pullman's Agenda
BreakPoint.org on The Golden Compass
"I'm Trying to Undermine the Basis of Christian Belief"  
"Democracy of Reading" or a Hidden Agenda? (Phillip Pullman)
Strongly Recommended: Jeffrey Overstreet on The Golden Compass
A New Bearing on The Golden Compass
Rehabilitating The Golden Compass's Religion?
Phillip Pullman As Preacher  

Posted: Fri - November 30, 2007 at 01:36 PM           |

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