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Action, adventure and atheism? 'Compass' meets some opposition

There are 1298 comments on the www.signonsandiego.com story from Dec 9, 2007, titled Action, adventure and atheism? 'Compass' meets some opposition. In it, www.signonsandiego.com reports that:

“The Golden Compass” is sending Christians in opposite directions.

The PG-13 fantasy movie, with its armored polar bears and flying witches to the rescue, opened last night under a banner of controversy fueled mainly by conservative Christians who are urging followers to boycott the film.

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Gracie935

White House, TN

#3 Dec 9, 2007
Looks like "The Golden Compass" bombed over the weekend. It didn't even make half the money it cost to make the movie. They might as well forget about making a sequel.
Curious aug ga

United States

#4 Dec 9, 2007
May be bad, but what about Harry Potter?
I think the magic stuff as a whole is crossing over the black and white and going too gray for kids and parents...be careful that we teach them to not believe or act on magical/witchcraft later on...it is real and can be real bad for kids, nightmares, etc...
newanarchy

Dallas, TX

#5 Dec 9, 2007
writer/director Chris Weitz's film is set in an alternate world ruled by an oppressive religious authority.

Really? Doesn't seem like an alternate world to me.
Janitor

San Jose, CA

#6 Dec 9, 2007
Curious aug ga wrote:
May be bad, but what about Harry Potter?
I think the magic stuff as a whole is crossing over the black and white and going too gray for kids and parents...be careful that we teach them to not believe or act on magical/witchcraft later on...it is real and can be real bad for kids, nightmares, etc...
I think people are taking things far to seriously. The movie is fantasy, as was Harry Potter. I never got into the whole Potter movie phenom but I don't see how it hurt anyone's Christian beliefs. Now, they're at it again. Two friends of mine, both extremely devoted Christians went to see the movie last night and said it was great. They loved the special effects and the story itself. One of them told me the only Christian group he saw it offending was the Catholic Church. Since Protestants seem to do this,(as the Catholics seem to offend Protestants), simply by existing, this doesn't sound new.
would like to know

Jonesboro, AR

#8 Dec 9, 2007
I watched the movie Friday night and I thought it was pretty damn interesting. I seen nothing wrong with it.
Thugs4less

Saint Louis, MO

#10 Dec 9, 2007
Just another example of religous nuts going over board as usual. They just love to take things out of context. Idiots....(tapping fingers on table)8701

Since: Aug 07

Invermere, Canada

#11 Dec 9, 2007
would like to know wrote:
I watched the movie Friday night and I thought it was pretty damn interesting. I seen nothing wrong with it.
The author made a trilogy (3 series) book. The first book is nice, but the later books are not so nice. This is why he put out the first movie, to soften people to his ideas.

I for one am glad that the people took a stance and didn't see the movie.
Writing in Paradise

Honolulu, HI

#12 Dec 9, 2007
Gracie935 wrote:
Looks like "The Golden Compass" bombed over the weekend. It didn't even make half the money it cost to make the movie. They might as well forget about making a sequel.
http://movies.yahoo.com/mv/boxoffice/

#1 at the box office. Looks like you're full of shit.

Gods warrior

Since: May 07

<<<<--the right to bare

#13 Dec 9, 2007
Jesus followers sure like to dish it out, but sure can't take a little heat. How insecure about your beliefs must you be.

I understand, one look at the laughable bible and anyone over five should realise it is just a poorly written fairy tale.

BTW: Gracie935,#1 this weekend with 35 million and will be there for many weeks to come. I personally hope everyone buys their children the trilogy for christmas. ;) See ya.
newanarchy

Dallas, TX

#14 Dec 9, 2007
Curious aug ga wrote:
May be bad, but what about Harry Potter?
I think the magic stuff as a whole is crossing over the black and white and going too gray for kids and parents...be careful that we teach them to not believe or act on magical/witchcraft later on...it is real and can be real bad for kids, nightmares, etc...
Watch out the boogie man might get you too. Leave behind your 17th century superstitions and step into the year 2007. Your probably a registered voter, right? Now that's scary.

“No one is free”

Since: Sep 07

when others are oppressed.

#15 Dec 9, 2007
According to IMDB it was the #1 movie this weekend by a longshot. I loved the books, and am looking forward to seeing it soon.
Awesome Movie

Minneapolis, MN

#16 Dec 9, 2007
Wonderful story, acting and special affects. Great entertainment.

I find it amusing that the “old religions of controlling for thousands of years“ are once again, up in arms and protesting thou shalt not watch this movie...for it is evil...er I mean it shall affect Sunday offerings”! LOL!

Yeah...it's about 2,000 - 3,000 years way overdue that religion vanishes and “Spirituality” replaces it. It's happening, the etheric awakening and the church knows it and is afraid of the disolution of the lemming followers finally taking back their power. It's about time.

People are beginning to realize the bloody, greedy, corrupt, controlling, fear based dark past of many religions. Read up on the Crusades and the Inquisitions and you will learn the horrific truth of the Catholic church. This old propaganda, one must go to person of the cloth, to get to God, if one does not do this or that hell awaits, is such crap. It's all about control, instilling fear and money. The bloody reality is the church murdered and stole to create it's massive wealth. Read historical accounts, not the damn re-written crap and propganda by the manipulators. Yes...the bible has been re-written countless times to serve the needs of those in power at the time. Once revered women were taken out of the bible to give aall the power to the men.

This is the coming of age of “Spirituality” and maintaining your personal power and relationship with Spirit, Source, God or no creator, whatever you believe or don't believe.

Anyways...great movie...I'd see it again and will buy the DVD when it comes out!

SPREAD THE WORD!

“Honor above all else!”

Since: Oct 07

Pittsburgh, PA

#17 Dec 9, 2007
There's an old axiom in show biz: any publicity is good publicity.

The more any group protests a movie, the more it brings it to the attention of everyone. More or less a self fulfilling prophecy.

Me thinks the church protests too much.
genorator

Huntsville, TX

#18 Dec 9, 2007
People always have something to complain about. This is whats wrong with the world now, everyone looking to sue or protest. Why can't people just enjoy life? Most of the "christian" people out there are too ignorant to even understand the movie in the first place. Christian extremists are more violent and crazy than half of the things they complain about. People need to grow up.
Great Quote

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Dec 9, 2007
A quote from the author in the article. I say “Amen brother” to his words and sentiments. I love God. It's his self serving, hypocritical, in the name of God self righteous, murdering, fan-club I cannot stand. Religion is man made. Don't confuse God with religion and you'll be on the right path.

On his own Web site, Pullman, who lives in England, writes that he does not know if there is a God.

“I think it's perfectly possible to explain how the universe came about without bringing God into it, but I don't know everything, and there may well be a God somewhere, hiding away,” he writes.

“Actually,” Pullman adds,“if he is keeping out of sight, it's because he's ashamed of his followers and all the cruelty and ignorance they're responsible for promoting in his name. If I were him, I'd want nothing to do with them.”

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/features/2...
jww

Chinese Camp, CA

#20 Dec 9, 2007
I think it's time for a truth blitz to expose all religion for the shameless quackery that it is! Movies like this one should be churned out every week until even the most clueless goobers on earth finally get it!
Rationalist

Torrance, CA

#21 Dec 9, 2007
I haven’t seen The Golden Compass yet, but I will. I DID see The Mist. Great flick!!! But if you’re a jay-zus freak, better skip it. You WILL be insulted. Did I mention it was a great flick?
Alan

Brandon, FL

#22 Dec 9, 2007
I find it strange that people worry about children learning about Atheism, while many movies geared towards children feature Christian themes (Narnia, for example). Why is it OK to indoctrinate children with religious ideas, but not OK to even present a hint of Atheism, which is the only religious viewpoint that is based on reason, not superstition?

People need to learn more about Atheism before they condemn it. If your religious belief is truly strong, you would not fear Atheism, and you would allow your children the right to make up their own minds about religion. Freedom of thought is an important value that any religion worth its salt should support.
newanarchy

Dallas, TX

#23 Dec 9, 2007
Alan wrote:
I find it strange that people worry about children learning about Atheism, while many movies geared towards children feature Christian themes (Narnia, for example). Why is it OK to indoctrinate children with religious ideas, but not OK to even present a hint of Atheism, which is the only religious viewpoint that is based on reason, not superstition?
People need to learn more about Atheism before they condemn it. If your religious belief is truly strong, you would not fear Atheism, and you would allow your children the right to make up their own minds about religion. Freedom of thought is an important value that any religion worth its salt should support.
But freedom of thought is exactly what organized religion doesn't want, thought can lead to questions and questions can lead to the truth, that god is a myth created to control people.
sophie123564

Beijing, China

#24 Dec 9, 2007
writer/director Chris Weitz's film is set in an alternate world ruled by an oppressive religious authority.

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