I emailed Philip Pullman via his website to see if he’d have time for an interview, but I haven’t heard back from him. I suspect he’s really busy with the movie promotion and premier and all, so I’ll continue to post a few things to discuss about the book and movie and the whoopla surrounding both.
A Canadian school has decided to pull Pullman’s (sorry) books from circulation, becasue the author is an atheist. If that’s not discrimination, I don’t know what is. If you don’t think so, just imagine the outcry if they’d pulled books saying they didn’t want kids reading any books written by Jewish authors.
The Centre for Inquiry and the Canadian Secular Alliance is calling an Ontario school board’s decision to remove a children’s book from its library shelves, “an overt example of the discrimination against atheists by the religious.”
The Halton Catholic District School Board ordered “The Golden Compass” to be removed from library shelves at dozens of schools after receiving a request for review from a member of the community.
At least they give Pullman his say in the article. It doesn’t sound like they contacted him, though, they just quote from his website.
Pullman, known for his “legendary atheism” in the British press, has never shied away from his controversial views on religion.
“The trouble is that all too often in human history, churches and priesthoods have set themselves up to rule people’s lives in the name of some invisible god (and they’re all invisible, because they don’t exist) — and done terrible damage,” Pullman writes on his website.
“In the name of their god, they have burned, hanged, tortured, maimed, robbed, violated, and enslaved millions of their fellow creatures, and done so with the happy conviction that they were doing the will of God, and they would go to Heaven for it.”
I love it when I hear about idiots in other countries. It makes me not feel quite so bad about living in the US.
Hat tip to PZ, who said it better, ” I’m sure glad we can still find an occasional non-American to do something asinine and let us know that pissant prudery is a global phenomenon.”