Golden Compass: Heresy they cry
Christian groups are up in arms over a new children's film starring Nicole Kidman and based on an award-winning novel by British author Philip Pullman, accusing it of being anti-religious.
"The Golden Compass" is the film version of "The Northern Lights," the first book in Pullman's "Dark Materials" fantasy trilogy aimed at teenage readers.
The movie opens in theatres this Friday. It will be released in some 3,000 cinemas and only 60 have so far refused to screen it.
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It is kinda strange why most secular folks do not complain about the Left Behind series and their movies on the Christian eschatological viewpoint of the end of the world. There are the books plus three movies based on them. I have read the first book and watched the films and they were quite interesting. It does not make me into a religious fanatic but I have no problem looking at their viewpoint.
However, it seems ridiculous, even crazy, for these same groups to denounce the "Harry Potter" series of promoting witchcraft. It's the same thing with the "Lord of the Rings" series too. Even the movie, "The DaVinci Code" was criticized by the Catholic League for suggesting that Jesus Christ had a child by Mary Magdalene.
If you do not like it, then you do not have to watch it. By even suggesting there is some sort of controversy, it will encourage moviegoers to see these movies. Some would love to see an adventure/fantasy story with a traditional struggle between good and evil, that's the bottom line.
One good thing with "Harry Potter"...it actually got children and adults curious and got them back to reading. Witchcraft? Bah!