I received an E-mail (see below) from a friend the other day about a film that has not even been released that the Catholic League is already boycotting. Having an interest in the movie from a teaser seen previously, I was intrigued why the uproar. It looked as if the movie (from representation from the e-mail) is a blatant attempt to shun the Catholic Church and promote Atheism in children. My curiosity took me all over the Internet in an attempt to find the truth about the book, author, and the new movie that is set to release in December 2007.
From my efforts I have found that…
Yes, the author of the book doesn’t have a set belief in God, as seen in a response to the question on his web site
I don’t know whether there’s a God or not. Nobody does, no matter what they say. I think it’s perfectly possible to explain how the universe came about without bringing God into it, but I don’t know everything, and there may well be a God somewhere, hiding away.”
Yes, the movie will be a watered down version of the book.
And yes, this is a work of fiction!
Now given this information I have come to the conclusion that I will still see the movie and, if I like it, will probably be swayed to purchase all the books in the series. Why? Because I have found that in my past experiences that I can enjoy works regardless of the creators beliefs. Take for instance a few examples…
Each and every one of these people has influenced people’s lives in someway. Thomas the Tank Engine and Willy Wonka are loved and adored despite the actors who represent them. And what makes this children’s show any more in the wrong than some of the horror films that flat out display Satanic worship and crude scenes. People watch these and express that it’s just a thrill to watch, it won’t effect my religious beliefs. Don’t get me wrong, I may not believe in the same things as these people, but my religious beliefs allow me to still be Christian and not judge them by their beliefs.
I’m also very sure that even though I don’t have children now, I hope to be able to give them the opportunity to decide what they believe in for themselves. I’m certain that I’ll be bias and give my opinion freely and repeatedly, but ultimately the choice is theirs to have.
This is the E-mail…
Subject: Movie alert!
You may already know about this kids movie coming out in December starring Nicole Kidman. It’s called The Golden Compass, and while it will be a watered down version, it is based on a series of children’s books about killing God (It is the anti-Narnia). Please follow this link and then pass it on. From what I understand, the hope is to get a lot of kids to see the movie – which won’t seem too bad – and then get the parents to buy the books for their kids for Christmas. The quotes from the author sum it all up. I hope it totally bombs because we were all paying attention!