Catholic League “Unmasks” Golden Compass Agenda

The Catholic League has launched an aggressive campaign to “unmask” the agenda behind the upcoming film The Golden Compass, based on the first volume of Philip Pullman’s celebrated trilogy His Dark Materials.  To that end, they’ve made available a 31-page booklet titled “The Golden Compass: Agenda Unmasked”.  The crux of the League’s argument is this: while the feature film may have watered down the strongest anti-religious elements of the book, it is still a gateway drug of sorts, luring kids in with a riveting tale of high adventure in order to spoon-feed them hateful anti-Christian propaganda.  By revealing the hidden motives of “radical secularists”, the Catholic League hopes to save your soul and those of our children. 

Only…they charge five freaking bucks for the information, even for a lousy pdf version!  I guess my soul wasn’t worth the fractional penny it cost them to email it to me.  I thought indulgences ended a long time ago.  Oh well.  The Catholic League has my $5, but they don’t have to have yours.  You can download the file for free right here.

I have to agree with Bill Donohue, President of the Catholic League: If you want your children to continue to be obedient servants of the Roman Catholic Church, do not let them see this movie or read Philip Pullman’s books.  Shudder at the thought that your kids might actually ask questions, or think for themselves, or see that Christianity is a mythology like so many others.   I have not yet seen this movie so I can’t say how faithful it is to the spirit of the source material, but I have a strong suspicion that nobody’s going to be happy.  Christians will still see it as anti-Christian, and Pullman fans will see it as a Bowdlerized sellout.  I’ll have more in the coming weeks.

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