Yikes again. Sometimes the line between personal faith and political prejudice is awfully blurry.
As for me, I'm not fond of this kind of fantasy, so I had no interest in "The Golden Compass" when I saw the trailers -- but now that religious extremists are trying to keep me away from it, you can be certain
I'm evenhanded, though: I went to see "The Passion of the Christ," too, and I came away sickened by its perverted self-indulgence. I don't understand why filmmakers seem to want to dwell endlessly on the trials of Christ, rather than the teachings. Do religious leaders actually think it's more important that we remember how he suffered than the principles he suffered for?
But back to this new movie:
1. It's fiction! It's just a story, and if we let our kids read stories as weird and gruesome as "Hansel & Gretel" and "Little Red Riding Hood," I'm not sure a PG-13 movie can really do much more harm.
2. None of us has seen it yet! There's always somebody ready to fan the flames of religious controversy -- so rather than accept the word of any organization, I prefer to see the movie and decide for myself.
On tonight's news, a local Catholic leader was interviewed about the movie and talked about how disturbing it would be to children... and all the while, viewers were staring at a big, garish painting on the wall behind him of the battered face of Christ with blood dripping from the crown of thorns.
One just despairs.