Thursday, November 22, 2007

Does Bob have Faith in his Faith?

The fantasy film The Golden Compass will premier in theaters on December 5. The film stars Dakota Blue Richards, Nicole Kidman, and Daniel Craig, and is based on the first book of the His Dark Materials trilogy written by British author Phillip Pullman.

But Pullman is an atheist and the novels have an anti-religious slant to them. Therefore, Bob and his religious right buddies are gearing up to warn parents to stay away from the film. Bob has talked negatively about the books several times already. James Dobson links to an article calling Pullman "blasphemous", "heretical", "diabolical", and a "poisonous influence." William Donohue calls for a boycott and says that Pullman is "fueled by hate." Donohue will also provide a downloadable booklet explaining the evilness of the film and books so long as you provide Donohue with $5.

Well, Bob is more than welcome to warn his listeners about the dangerous of seeing this film. But I have to wonder: Why is this necessary? What is Bob afraid of? Can Bob's belief system not withstand a challenge? Why should Bob worry about what some silly British atheist has to say? After all, Bob has the Top 10 Proofs that Christianity is the Only True Religion!


djtyg said...

Okay, I don't watch much T.V. and when I do, it's even fewer commercials (thanks, TiVO!), but is this movie even being promoted at all? I havent even heard of it until now.

If not, Bob is definetely helping the film and not hurting it by creating controversy over it.

I don't plan on seeing it anyway. It looks like a kid movie.

Anonymous said...


The movie is being promoted, but, like the books, its main target audience is kids and young adults. (But like the Harry Potter books, Pullman's story reaches a pretty big adult audience) My 7-year-old has apparently seen the trailer as well, because she's asked to see it.

I've read all the books and thought they were excellent; better than the first few Harry Potters and a lot easier to follow than the Lord of the Rings or the Narnia books.

You're absolutely right, Bob is doing nothing but help New Line Cinema promote the film. As I said in the main post, Nicole Kidman stars in the movie. Kidman is a pretty big time Catholic and has said she wouldn't have made the film if it were somehow anti-Catholic.