When it comes to the largest Facebook groups about The Golden Compass, the numbers speak for themselves:
|Facebook Group||Members in Group|
|Do NOT support “The Golden Compass”||46,045|
|Boycott “The Golden Compass”||4,363|
|Boycott “The Golden Compass” and it’s athiest message||2,167|
|BOYCOTT THE GOLDEN COMPASS!!!||1,905|
|Please Boycott the movie the “Golden Compass”||1,391|
|1 Million Strong against “The Golden Compass”||1,251|
Let’s see the other side of the issue (this is the largest group I could find):
|Can’t Wait for His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass to Come Out!||847|
I think it goes to show that many Christians are making a mountain out of a molehill. It’s not like atheists are holding parties across the country over this. It’s just a movie written by an atheist author. And, yes, it includes religious themes. But that’s about it.
As a volunteer and member of a number of atheist organizations, I have yet to receive any emails telling me to go see this movie. I’ve only received messages about the boycotts and responses to them.
In any case, the atheist “support” is nothing like the support that Christians gave a movie like The Chronicles of Narnia.
Random eerie note: Had I not moved when I was 14, I would’ve attended the same high school as the creator of the 45,000+ pro-boycotting group. Scary.
Daniel, who submitted the links, asks this:
… From what I’ve seen, [the largest group on the list is] full of misinformation, and, even worse, an insistence that there be no debate about the subject. I myself have received invitations which, when I refused, were followed up with the sort of attitude we’ve seen in the past, where the fact that an opinion is religiously based makes it immune to criticism.
What can be done to dispel all the misinformation out there? Is it even possible to do so when the boycotters are dead-set on not even looking at the books themselves?
(Thanks to Daniel for the link!)