OK, after finishing The Golden Compass and getting psyched to see the movie, I’ve decided to take all of our readers’ advice and continue on with books 2 and 3 of the trilogy before we move on to other reading. I’ve read several reviews online that also talk quite a bit about how the heart of the story doesn’t even start coming through until book two. So let’s all nab a copy of The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass, and indulge in a little more fantasy.
Regarding the controversy over the movie (and hence, the books), I’d like to point out that it’s not just a few Catholics who are making a stink. Landover Baptist Church also wants to let you know how your kids can have their morals destroyed by reading fantasty books.
Most Christians familiar with The Golden Compass (based on the pornographic scribblings of unrepentant God-hater and — quite possibly — heroin addicted child diddler, Philip Pullman), know it is an atheist recruitment film marketed towards our precious children. The film makes clear that Pullman knows only too well that otherwise decent Baptist children will believe that Jesus Christ and His followers are indeed “[unchristian word]-sucking mother-[unchristian word]ers” when a cuddly Coca-Cola polar bears says it with a smile. Not only is the film full of cute, enticing, furry animals with mouths like horny sailors on leave in a Shanghai red light district, it exposes youngsters to alarming viewpoints that are anti-religious right, anti-morality, and anti-(just believing what you are damn well told!).
OK, so it’s not a real church. But this is terribly funny and worth a read.
For a real review — by a Catholic and and atheist — see this BBC article.
Hat tip to Hemant.