The Golden Compass vs. The Holy Bible

Landover Baptist Church doesn’t want you to see The Golden Compass. And they have good reason for it:

Not only is the film full of cute, enticing, furry animals with mouths like horny sailors on leave in a Shanghai red light district, it exposes youngsters to alarming viewpoints that are anti-religious right, anti-morality, and anti-(just believing what you are damn well told!). We now live in a world where we have to constantly worry about our children being presented with abhorrent, new ideas that are slightly different than the stuff our parents forced us to believe.

So they are presenting “a handy comparison tip sheet for concerned Christian parents.”

Dangerously
Inappropriate Ideas Children Are Exposed To In The Golden Compass:
Healthy
Ideas Children Are Exposed To In God’s Word, The Holy Bible:
The
Golden Compass teaches children that bears can talk.
The Bible makes it factually clear to children that only snakes and donkeys can talk. “Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”
Genesis 3:1 “And the ass said unto Balaam, Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was thine unto this day? was I ever wont to do so unto thee?”
Numbers 22:30

There’s a lot more satirical goodness where that came from.


[tags]atheist, atheism, Philip Pullman[/tags]

  • http://www.BrandonHammonds.com brandon hammonds

    Funny.

    When will the boycott crusaders realize that all the attention they bring to the movie doesn’t exactly help their cause?

    Few people take them seriously and they provide fodder for great stuff like this.

  • Aj

    Bears vs Snakes & Donkeys? BEARS! Especially POLAR BEARS! POLAR BEARS with ARMOUR!

    I fear for the Catholic boycott of this film, last time this happened I don’t think Dogma (awesome film) did so great. No, no, wait it grossed three times its budget in US cinemas, lots of DVD re-releases, six award nominations, and popular merch like Buddy Christ figures.

    I can’t wait for Colbert to comment on this movie. He’s very protective of Catholicism, and as every knows, bears are the number one threat to America. This movie has probably given Iran far too many ideas.

  • http://heathendad.blogspot.com/ HappyNat

    I can’t wait for Colbert to comment on this movie

    Agreed. Bears and anti-religion? He would have a field day. The writers strike is costing us some comedy gold.

  • Mriana

    As a joke, my older son is asks, “How can a donkey hold a hammer or saw?” referring to the carpenter idea in the Bible. He’s poking fun at those who say animals can’t talk, except the snake and the donkey. :lol:

  • http://www.Paotie.com Paotie

    I have something you might be interested in:

    In Deaf culture, there is a raging debate centered around cochlear implants and Deaf culture. Generally, people who are Deaf believe that any efforts at “curing” or “fixing” Deaf people is an act of “audism.” Audism is essentially a racist act/comment/slight from a hearing person towards a Deaf person.

    Jesus cured a deaf man and made a mute man speak. Apparently, in Deaf culture, Jesus is an audist – same as Hitler (among others).

    It’s at my blog and the title is, “Jesus Hates Deaf People.”

    *shrugs innocently and kicks a small pebble*

    :o)

    Paotie

  • Dysentery

    Does anyone remember the “Incarnations of Immortality” series by Piers Anthony? I don’t recall hearing any fuss about those books when they came out. The premise was that there were several positions in the universe that were actually like jobs. A person would take the “job” and for that time they would be immortal and have all the cool whiz-bang magic to go with it. There were 7 positions and each book in the series was about one of the positions. Death (the grim reaper), Chronos (time), the 3 fates, Ares (war), Gaia (mother nature), The Devil (evil) and (ooooh!!) God (good). His portrayal of how the Gods worked was interesting. Basically they derived their power from thier worshipers. The more worshipers, the more power they had. At one point he had a coversation between a protagonist and one of the old gods and at the end, the god faded away to nothing. I laughed at the current state of affairs in heaven (god comtemplating himself and ignoring everything else, nothing for anyone to do in heaven – just white fluffy clouds). Also Satan made a nice area of hell for people who were mistakenly sent there until God could be woken up.

    The part that would really make the Chritians scream is that Satan is actually not a bad guy at all. The only reason he wants all the souls is because god is ignoring everyone and not looking after anyone. There are some other themes as well but this is the interesting one.

  • BZ

    Well the Golden Compass books didn’t get a noticeable boycott either until they were made into a movie. It’s all the publicity that is getting the boycott reaction.

  • Mriana

    Paotie, as a hard of hearing person (congenital nerve deafness), I have had a hard time with this too. I don’t mind being hard of hearing, but my mother, aunt, and grandmother did. They wore/wear heaing aides and try to act like they are hearing so the hearing don’t think less of them. I could care less. They have encouraged me to get hearing aides with a 40 db loss and I have explained to them it would just make what have left go even faster. They can’t fathom why I don’t want to hear better and I’ve pointed out to them that they still struggle with understanding everything even with aides.

    My doctor is on my side and said as long as I can hear one on one without any background noise, she is not going to recommend or push me to get hearing aides. I’m glad my doctor is supporting me with my decision.

    However, this does not mean I can enjoy or understand every word of videos, radio, or TV without captioning. I can’t. Of course radio doesn’t have captioning, but TV and videos (except what is on the web) does and my sons are quite happy having the caption on so I don’t keep interrupting the show/movie and asking, “What did s/he say?”, because it helps them not miss any of the show while they are being verbal interpreters.

    It does get funny sometimes without captioning though. I sometimes misinterpret words and it really sounds funny when I repeat what I thought I heard. :lol:

    Another thing, I learned sign language and did my sons. In a noisy situation, like a resturant, they sometimes sign what I’m not understanding which helps me a lot, even as a hard of hearing person. I live happily, even with the hearing loss. The only time I get frustrated is when others get upset with me because I can’t understand them in some situations. Insults like, “What are you? Deaf?” don’t help either. No, I’m not deaf, but that doesn’t mean I hear everything like everyone else does either. I do struggle in some situations and wish more people could be patient with the hard of hearing. Reading lips isn’t always enough either, so “Read my lips!” is just as insulting too.

    Maybe one day people will learn that just because a person hears, doesn’t mean they always understand. I hear you talking, but I don’t always understand what you are saying and don’t be surprised if you say “Give me a buck.” and hear something totally different. WHAT? :shock: Don’t get mad, just laugh and we’ll both laugh together. :)

  • Claire

    Well the Golden Compass books didn’t get a noticeable boycott either until they were made into a movie.

    Maybe that’s part of why the books have been in the Amazon.com top ten bestsellers every time I have looked for at least a couple of weeks. Yay boycott! Maybe it’s a good thing that some people just don’t learn.

  • http://thechristianmanifesto.wordpress.com Calvin Moore

    Ok. I have to admit. That’s pretty funny. Skewed, but funny.

  • Maria

    Does anyone remember the “Incarnations of Immortality” series by Piers Anthony? I don’t recall hearing any fuss about those books when they came out. The premise was that there were several positions in the universe that were actually like jobs. A person would take the “job” and for that time they would be immortal and have all the cool whiz-bang magic to go with it. There were 7 positions and each book in the series was about one of the positions. Death (the grim reaper), Chronos (time), the 3 fates, Ares (war), Gaia (mother nature), The Devil (evil) and (ooooh!!) God (good). His portrayal of how the Gods worked was interesting. Basically they derived their power from thier worshipers. The more worshipers, the more power they had. At one point he had a coversation between a protagonist and one of the old gods and at the end, the god faded away to nothing. I laughed at the current state of affairs in heaven (god comtemplating himself and ignoring everything else, nothing for anyone to do in heaven – just white fluffy clouds). Also Satan made a nice area of hell for people who were mistakenly sent there until God could be woken up.

    The part that would really make the Chritians scream is that Satan is actually not a bad guy at all. The only reason he wants all the souls is because god is ignoring everyone and not looking after anyone. There are some other themes as well but this is the interesting one.

    I love those books! I actually brought up that point to someone the other day. You’d think they’d get a lot more upset over those books……

  • Maria

    guess we’ll see how the movie does this weekend. I am going to see it tonight. I hope it does well

  • Old Beezle

    Maybe we should see if the Catholics would boycott Hemant. Then he could retire from his suddenly massive book sales.

  • Erik

    Boycott “I Sold My Soul on eBay”!!!

    Hemant, lets make you rich!

  • http://paxnortona.notfrisco2.com Joel Sax

    We’re planning to see the film this weekend for no other reason than to see what terrible values are being taught. ;)

  • Siamang

    It got bad reviews… I just saw it and have to agree.

    So much potential, but just not a good movie.

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  • monkeymind

    Siamang said

    So much potential, but just not a good movie.

    Oh blah! my daughter has been looking forward to it. What’s your take on the level of violence?

  • Siamang

    A little tamer than Lord of the Rings. Actually a little tamer than the recent Harry Potter movies. The violence is bloodless, and pretty much exclusively borne by faceless villains.

  • Siamang

    There is still things about it to recommend. There’s great effects, great casting, great production design and the bear fight is awesome.

    It just never gets to the actual DUST. It winds up being left off for the next movie (if they make it). So it’s a movie without a punch. It’s as if you were watching Lord of the Rings but they decided not to show the Ring until the later movies. HUH??!?!

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  • Paxton

    All i have to say is your full of shit! your such a friendly athiest that you disrespect other people’s beliefs. It is one thing not to believe(that’s ur choice! no ones forcing you, because no one really cares) and quite another to go out of your way to make a mockery of religion!! I’d say go to hell, but you already are! :p You can promote the religion tearing GOLDEN COMPASS all you want, but God isn’t going anywhere! You can’t run from youre destiny! Heyy, maybe dante will give you a special place in Hades. You accomplish nothing! THE GOLDEN COMPASS is just a wannabe chronicles of narnia and thats all it will ever be! I’d say more but unlike you, I have a life, you should try it instead of making pansy websites in your spare time after youre porn shifts. HAVE A NICE LIFE!!ha not..

    ohh and go ahead and delete this. cause i know you will, that’s what athiest’s do, resist confrontation of the truth! some things never change!


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