Pullman Has 'em Running Scared
The folks at the Catholic League for Civil Rights, who are never shy about attacking films they believe promote an anti-Catholic agenda, have November’s release of The Golden Compass directly in their sights. The film is based on a book by Philip Pullman, part of a trilogy known collectively as His Dark Materials. According to the New York-based league, the books were “written to promote atheism and denigrate Christianity, especially Roman Catholicism.” A press release from the organization, sent out last week, quotes Catholic League President Bill Donohue as saying the problem isn’t so much the film, which is “based on the least offensive of the three books.” “It is clear,” he adds, “that the producers are watering down the most despicable elements — so as to make money and not anger Christians.” The real problem, he says, is that seeing the movie might prompt youngsters, or their parents, to read the books. The Golden Compass stars 12-year-old Dakota Blue Richards as a young girl who tries to rescue her kidnapped friend from an alternative world, filled with witches and talking bears, where people’s souls exist outside their bodies and manifest themselves as animals. Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Eva Green and Sam Elliott also star.
Horrors, they might actually read something other than the bible.
I wonder how long it’s going to take before Donohue sees the irony in putting out press releases like this? Not holding my breath–maybe when hell freezes over?