“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness…”(Isa. 5:20).
What is Nicole Kidman thinking? Doesn’t she do any research about a project before she agrees to be a part of it? Is she a militant atheist, too? I don’t think so. Why would even a nominal Christian be a part of this???
The main villains in the series of books are the Magisterium, Cardinals, and the Pope and includes a heroine that is a young girl who sets out to kill God. The truly sick thing about the movie is that they have made it APPEAR as if it is an innocent film with exciting effects and a fairytale story. They have removed from the movie the appalling anti-Catholic/Christian themes from the book.
From Snopes (Yes, this is so God-awful people have apparently mistaken it for an urban legend):
The Golden Compass, a fantasy film starring Nicole Kidman that is scheduled to be released into theaters on 7 December 2007, has been drawing fire from concerned Christians. The film is based on Northern Lights (released in the U.S. as The Golden Compass), the first offering in Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy of children’s books, a series that follows the adventures of a streetwise girl who travels through multiple worlds populated by witches, armor-plated bears, and sinister ecclesiastical assassins to defeat the oppressive forces of a senile God.
These books appear to be the atheistic answer to the wonderful Narnia books by C.S. Lewis.
A film called “The Golden Compass” opens December 7. It is based on the first book of a trilogy titled His Dark Materials. The author of this children’s fantasy is Philip Pullman, a noted English atheist. It is his objective to bash Christianity and promote atheism. To kids. “The Golden Compass” is a film version of the book by that name, and it is being toned down so that Catholics, as well as Protestants, are not enraged.
The second book of the trilogy, The Subtle Knife, is more overt in its hatred of Christianity than the first book, and the third entry, The Amber Spyglass, is even more blatant. Because “The Golden Compass” is based on the least offensive of the three books, and because it is being further watered down for the big screen, some might wonder why parents should be wary of 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: unsuspecting parents who take their children to see the movie may be impelled to buy the three books as a Christmas present. And no parent who wants to bring their children up in the faith will want any part of these books.
“The Golden Compass: Agenda Unmasked” is the Catholic League’s response. It provides information about the film, “The Golden Compass,” and details what book reviewers have said about Pullman’s books; a synopsis of his trilogy is also included.
Here’s Bill Donahue talking about it.
Do not be sucked in by this movie. It’s just the latest effort to undermine religion by militant atheists.
Do warn your children about this movie. The trailers are very enticing. My fifteen year old was looking forward to seeing the movie, and was planning on reading the books, until I told her what they were all about.
Please look into this. Nice Deb isn’t a fundie prude. I had no problem with the Harry Potter books. I have no problem with Halloween. But I can not stress enough, after looking further into it, how demonic these books are.
The message is the opposite of Pinocchio, which teaches that a person needs to practice moral restraint in order to be fully human. In Pleasure Island there are no rules, and Pinocchio and the lost boys can do whatever they want which leads them to sprout floppy ears and tails. Only a jackass thinks that a world without rules is a good idea. But there are a lot of jackasses out there.
In the last book of the trilogy, The Amber Spyglass, the heroine defeats the senile God, leading to ‘free will’ for all, or self-deification. What militant atheists don’t understand, or appreciate, is that God has already given us free will. They demonstrate that when they reject God, and embrace atheism. God doesn’t want to force himself on anyone; he wants to be chosen freely. But that’s not good enough for the militant atheists. They want to force their disbelief down our throats. They believe in free choice for everything but God.
Throughout his trilogy, Pullman repeatedly emphasizes the goodness of physical life. (IfyouknowwhatImeanandIthinkyoudo).
Christians do that too, but of course within certain boundaries. No such boundaries, here. Free will means free whatever you want, whenever you want it. No holds barred. Is this a message you want your teenagers to hear?
Here’s some interesting background on New Line studio boss, Robert Shaye.
UPDATE (Nov. 13):
A lot of people are finding this post by googling “Golden Compass Hoax”.
Where’s the hoax, folks?
Seriously, I wish it was a hoax.
UPDATE ( November 26):
Whether Pulman is a militant atheist or a militant agnostic is up for debate, now that he’s backtracking as the movie is about to be released. He has most certainly characterized himself as an atheist:
He told an Oxford literary conference in August 2000: ‘We’re used to the Kingdom of Heaven; but you can tell from the genera thrust of the book that I’m of the devil’s party, like Milton. And I think it’s time we thought about a republic of Heaven instead of the Kingdom of Heaven. The King is dead. That’s to say I believe the King is dead. I’m an atheist.
* “What I fear and deplore in the ‘faith school’ camp is their desire to close argument down and put some things beyond question or debate. It’s vital to get clear in young minds what is a faith position and what is not – so that, for instance, they won’t be taken in by religious people claiming that science is a faith position no different in kind from Christianity.
*“I am happy to support you and argue for your aims, and pour ridicule on faith schools and the teaching of creationism and pester the BBC to open up Thought for the Day…
Peter Hitchens on Pulman:
*In his worlds, the Church is wicked, cruel and child-hating; priests are sinister, murderous or drunk. Political correctness creeps in leadenly. There is a brave African king and a pair of apparently homosexual angels. The one religious character who turns out to be benevolent is that liberal favourite, an ex-nun who has renounced her vows and lost her faith.
His stated objective is to “undermine the basis for Christian belief”. This is no secret. It’s no hoax. Those are his own words.
Brent Bozell has more with The Christmas Crushing Movie.
Tim Graham at Newsbusters is covering this story, too: Newsweek Writer Enjoys The Atheist Denouncing The Conservative ‘Nitwit’.
Nearly every commenter at Newsbusters made the same point, namely:
Notice how atheists like Pulman love to pick on Christians, but are strangely silent when it comes to Islam?
Here’s an excellent review of the film from NRO’s Gina R. Dalfonzo.
If you want to see a pro-Christian, pro-family, pro-life movie that slipped in under the radar, and has already won a “People’s Choice” award, Bella is the movie for you.
Brent Bozell says preview audiences consistently gave it standing O’s.
This is its opening weekend.
Rotten Tomatoes’ critics give Bella a 38% fresh rating.
Rotten Tomatoes’ users give it a 94% fresh rating.
Here’s what one savvy user wrote:
Bella is a winner. The critics are doing what the critics do. When they get uncomfortable that they are losing control, they go into tomato throwing mode. Just like at the Toronto Film Festival. The critics demonstrated their lack of integrity when they shrugged it off and they demonstrated their irrelevance when Bella won the coveted People’s Choice Award.
This is a movie with depth.
Looks like Bella is beating all of the anti-war films at the box office.
It’s also now playing everywhere!
UPDATE (November 29):
Looks like The Golden Compass is going to have some competition this holiday season.
Disney’s Enchanted is already getting great reviews.
Thanks to Retired Geezer.