Apparently, there are emails circulating that quote Philip Pullman (author of The Golden Compass) as saying this:
“I want to kill God in the minds of Children…. I want them to decide against God and the Kingdom of Heaven.”
Simon Owens at Bloggasm is having a hard time finding the source for this statement:
After hitting thousands of inboxes, this false quote eventually spilled over onto dozens of webpages. Notice that some of those sites are run by churches.
I meticulously went through every single direct reference to the quote, and never once does it cite a source. A few of these webpages claim that this quote came from a mysterious 2003 interview with the author, but we never actually find out where.
In fact, the only quote that Pullman actually said that comes close to this appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald:
“I’ve been surprised by how little criticism I’ve got. Harry Potter’s been taking all the flak. I’m a great fan of J.K. Rowling, but the people – mainly from America’s Bible Belt – who complain that Harry Potter promotes Satanism or witchcraft obviously haven’t got enough in their lives. Meanwhile, I’ve been flying under the radar, saying things that are far more subversive than anything poor old Harry has said. My books are about killing God.”
This, of course, is entirely different from the author saying “I want to kill God in the minds of Children.”
I mention in my book that this was something I saw in church — someone citing a statement as fact when it wasn’t actually true.
It’s just dishonest. Simon isn’t sure who began misattributing this quotation to Pullman, but it’d be nice to set the record straight.