I have received numerous emails recently (all forwards) “warning” me of the dangers of the new movie “The Golden Compass”. I believe the movie opens today. Anyrate… I’m sure many of you have received some of these emails, too. They basically all say the same thing: The Golden Compass is based on books by an author who is an atheist and who’s goal is to make children reject religion and realize there is no God.
If you go on Snopes.com you can read up on this and find out if it’s true or not (Snopes usually does an excellent job of researching and discerning what is true or false). I read it, and it seems like this is all true, until I realized that not one of their references was an actual interview with the author. Just with other people, each of which quote the author.
I was talking to a friend of mine about the movie recently, and she went home and talked to her sister. The sister (who is a mom and active LDS, for those of you who care about that kind of thing) has read all three books. She said they were excellent. Very well written. Yes, at the end of the first one there is something about killing God, but it’s not this piece of evil literature that the emails would have us believe. She also said the books are not really for children. My friend found an interview with the author, Phillip Pullman, which you can read here. I found it quite interesting.
Now, here’s my deal with all of this. I appreciate everyone who sent me these emails to “warn” me, but I have to say that sending forwards just isn’t always the smartest thing. If you want to learn about something, you need to do the research yourself. I don’t like being told to boycott something because they heard something. It’s just a movie, based on just books. One of the emails I recieved actually asserted that watching this movie will make kids want to read the books, which will then turn the kids atheist. I don’t know how true that is. I don’t see how it can be! By making blanket statements about boycotting (and signing petitions to boycott), I sense a danger of censorship. I’m completely against censorship because I am blessed to live in a country that has given us the freedom to believe what we want and say what we want without the repurcussions that some other countries have. I don’t want someone shoving their beliefs down my throat, but I’m fine with them having a different set of beliefs from me.
I don’t like emails being forwarded to me that tell me what to do without giving compelling reasons WHY I should do it. I believe if you want to make me aware that I might not like something, sure, give me a head’s up. However, everyone needs to do their own research and make their own decision. It’s called Free Will, people. God gave us brains, so let’s use them!
I came across another blogger who says all of this a lot better than I am right now, so if you want to read her rant, go see Red. I don’t agree with everything Red says, but the general idea. Isn’t that the greatest thing about living when and where we do? We’re allowed to have differences of opinion and differences of beliefs!! Yay for us!