A Golden Compass Boycott?

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compassI received one of those chain email letters yesterday. Usually I just thrown these unrealistic calls for boycott in my trash, but this one made me want to address it. The letter is as follows…

“The Golden Compass” is set to premier on December 7, during
the Christmas season, and will probably be heavily
advertised. This movie is based on a the first book of a
trilogy by atheist Philip Pullman. In the final book a boy
and girl kill God so they can do as they please. Pullman
left little doubt about his intentions when he said in a
2003 interview that “My books are about killing God.”

The movie is a watered down version of the first book and is
designed to be very attractive in the hope unsuspecting
parents will take their children to see the movie and
that the children will want the books for Christmas.

The movie has a well known cast, including Nicole Kidman,
Kevin Bacon, and Sam Elliott. It will probably be advertised
extensively, so it is crucial that we get the word out to
warn parents to avoid this movie.

Please consider a boycott of the movie and the books. Also,
pass this information along to everyone you know. This will
help to educate parents, so that they will know the agenda
of the movie.

The first point to bring up is that calling for a boycott of ANY movie will cause MORE people to see the movie, not less. So these ‘organizers’ are only hurting their own cause. Bringing more attention to something is not the way to fight it. There is no such thing as bad publicity, especially for a movie.

Secondly, we are supposed to boycott this fantasy movie because the “boy and girl kill God”. Hmm. So shouldn’t we have boycotted The Passion of the Christ? Isn’t Passion supposed to be a true story of the killing of God? Or, how about Narnia, an allegory for killing God. Star Trek and Star Wars create a world in which God doesn’t exist at all. Shall I boycott them?

One particular statement in the letter bothered me. The movie is “designed to be very attractive in the hope unsuspecting parents will take their children to see the movie”. This statement is insinuating that the movie’s producers are anti-God hucksters trying to trick us parents into raising our kids to be atheists. It is obvious that the author of this letter is trying to be subversive in their attempt to convince us to boycott.

It’s just a movie! A fantasy movie. What appears to be a well produced, talent filled movie. The movie does not need to be more than entertainment. If we start boycotting things because of the religious beliefs of the original author…there wouldn’t be much left in Hollywood to watch.

I am now definitely taking all 5 of my children to see the movie on opening weekend. And if it is good, I will evangelize it to everyone I meet, as one should with good entertainment.

UPDATE: There is an interesting chart over here.

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 exposes children to alcohol consumption by presenting
them with a whiskey-guzzling bear. 
The
Bible exposes children to actual human beings who drink their own urine and
eat their own poop. Parents will also enjoy reading a wonderful yarn
about a poor fellow who walked into his drunk father’s tent to find him
buck naked!  “…hath he not sent me to the men that sit upon the wall, that they may eat their own dung, and drink their own piss with you?”
Isaiah 36:12 “And he (Noah) drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father…”
Genesis 9:21-22