First Posted: 6/18/2009
To the Editor,
One of the most valuable resources in our area is the local public library. The library offers many programs that greatly enrich our community. But I was disturbed when I saw in your community events section that one of the movies in a series of family movies on the library lawn was going to be The Golden Compass.
I talked to someone at the library and asked her if she was aware of the controversy surrounding this movie. She told me that the library was a public facility and needed to provide things for all people. She said that anyone who is offended by the movie can just stay away.
It is my feeling that many people may not have heard of this movie. I am writing to give them some information about it. Then they can make their own decision about whether to see it or not.
Children are the target audience for this movie that is based on the first book in a trilogy by atheist Phillip Pullman. The Golden Compass is said to be fairly inoffensive. But it is possible that children would want to read the other two books after seeing this movie based on the first one, just as they wanted to read all the books in the Harry Potter series.
The books are about killing God and getting rid of the church, which Pullman calls the Magisterium in the books. In 2007 he told an Australian newspaper that he was saying things that are far more subversive than anything poor old Harry Potter has said. My books are about killing God. The third book in the series tells us that God is relieved to be killed. Hes a rather pathetic character, tired of all the responsibility, half-crazed with age and infirmity. The Satan figure in the trilogy was the one who brought freedom to humans.
This letter is not meant to be critical of our library. As I stated in the beginning, I think that we are very fortunate to have such a nice library and such a dedicated staff. I just wanted to make people aware of what this movie represents.
If you want to find out more about The Golden Compass, check it out on the Internet. See what some of the Christian critics have written about it. Then you can make an informed decision about whether you think this movie is something you want your children to see.