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    Catholic groups in America have called for a boycott of the The Golden Compass, the movie adaptations Philip Pulmans fantasy trilogy, Dark Materials , claiming that it is "Bait to ensnare children in his "atheist agenda" This is despite the fact that nobody from "the Catholic League of the United States" (ooh superheroes!!) has seen the film.

    ill Donohoe, the president of the Catholic League in the United States, has said that the British author's His Dark Materials books are deeply anti-Christian and promote "atheism for kids''.

    He said he feared the film would prompt parents to buy the books, unaware that the third in the series, 'The Amber Spyglass', climaxes in an epic battle to "destroy God''.

    The conservative league's call for a boycott of 'The Golden Compass', starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig and which had its premiere in London last night, has been taken up by a growing number of Catholic leaders.

    The Catholic school board in Ontario has ordered 'Northern Lights', the book on which the film is based, removed from library shelves.
    http://www.independent.ie/entertainment ... 31912.html
    Banning fantasy books that you haven't read because you've heard they don't agree with your religious beliefs?
    Have you ever heard anything so sad and pathetic in all your life?

    If God is so powerful, why does he need to be protected so much? If God wants to have a personal relationship with all of us, why do kids need to be indoctrinated so carefully that they can't be exposed to any dissenting ideas (even in the form of fantasy stories) lest it might cast any doubt in their fragile little minds.

    This most recent outbreak of authoritarianism comes hot on the heels of his popeness' and his chief exorcist's condemnation of the Harry Potter books ((should probably stick to his Pilates and step aerobics and leave the book reviews to other people)
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    They sound like that wonderfully hilarious woman on The Last Word last night giving out about "pornography". Turns out she's a former CSP election candidate.

    If they don't like the film, then don't watch it.

    Personally, I can't wait. I loved the Dark Materials trilogy
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    the review of the film isnt particularly glowing unfortunately
    http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/ ... 956068.ece
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    Bill Donohue is an extremist whose organisation is rejected by most
    American Catholics.

    Besides, it's a big-budget blockbuster, and much of the North American/Europe market
    is Christian. You can insult Christians (and other religions) in small art-house films, but for such
    a huge movie to do that would be commerical suicide.

    Anyway, my young cousins go to a Catholic primary school, and Pullman's books are freely available in the library.

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    I adore His Dark Materials, and they certainly are atheistic. They're often described as an atheist's version of the Chronicles of Narnia!!

    Wonderful books, which every child should be encouraged to read. And the same goes for Chronicles of Narnia, despite their very Christian overtones. Children should not have their reading limited based on the values of their parents, but should be encouraged to read voraciously, including books from all different value-sets, so that they can develop and mature as individuals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Munion
    They sound like that wonderfully hilarious woman on The Last Word last night giving out about "pornography". Turns out she's a former CSP election candidate.

    If they don't like the film, then don't watch it.

    Personally, I can't wait. I loved the Dark Materials trilogy
    oh i heard her going on about waitress and bargirls in bikinis. jesus if that offends her i hope she never ends up in a club. its all basques and hooker boots in there

    TBH im always at a loss as to why such a fuss is made about this sort of thing and theres a slight "nazi book burner" feel to the whole thing to boot. ITS ENTERTAINMENT. get over it.

    harry potter isnt trying to indoctrinate your kids into the dark arts and dogma was a comedy so what the hell are you doing taking it seriously in the first place!

    personally ive been raised on comics, fantasy books and fantasy films so im well looking forward to this one. the only real problem i have is the industrys inablity to come up with original concepts themselves. its fun seeing much loved books and comics become films but surely the industry can only do that for so long.

    still be fun to see what happens when they get to the whole primus thing in transformers. religious nutters will probably be banging on about pushing a false god on that too
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    It's got Nicole Kidman and Eva Green in it. Mmmmmm....

    Now if you want blasphemy, see how "Doctor Who" has been rapidly
    going downhill under its current production team.... :x

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    Quote Originally Posted by stretchneil
    I adore His Dark Materials, and they certainly are atheistic. They're often described as an atheist's version of the Chronicles of Narnia!!

    Wonderful books, which every child should be encouraged to read. And the same goes for Chronicles of Narnia, despite their very Christian overtones. Children should not have their reading limited based on the values of their parents, but should be encouraged to read voraciously, including books from all different value-sets, so that they can develop and mature as individuals.


    I agree with stretchneil

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    Quote Originally Posted by popper
    I agree with stretchneil
    It was always likely to happen eventually!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Starkadder
    Now if you want blasphemy, see how "Doctor Who" has been rapidly going downhill under its current production team.... :x
    You are mad. The last series was great.

    Not looking forward to more Catherine Tate, though.
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